Ozon opens a robotic laboratory, within the framework of which it will be engaged in the robotization of processes in fulfillment centers, sorting hubs, in the field of storage of goods, processing and delivery of orders, including on the "last mile" (delivery of goods to the buyer).
The company's laboratory will be located on the territory of Innopolis (Kazan), Ozon has applied for the status of its partner, RBC reports.
As the technical director of the company Anton Stepanenko clarified to the publication, "developments in the field of logistics robotization will make it possible in the future to make the work of the supply chain much more efficient and set standards for the entire e-commerce market." At the same time, the creation of their own solutions, according to Stepanenko, "will definitely be cheaper and more efficient than the implementation of existing ones."
The company does not disclose the volume of investments in the project. However, it is known that robotization is part of the logistics infrastructure development plan, in which Ozon will invest about 25 billion rubles in 2021.
Earlier, Yandex was thinking about the introduction of robotic technologies. In the fall of 2019, the company began testing Yandex.Rover courier robots for delivery to Skolkovo. In 2020, rovers began delivering food in Moscow and Innopolis, in July 2021 - in the Leningrad region and on campuses of US universities.