FedEx subsidiary FedEx Ground has implemented a new AI-enabled robotics system to handle thousands of small packages daily as it seeks new innovations to meet demand in e-commerce delivery. The trial Robotic Product Sortation and Identification (RPSi) scheme, which is up and running at FedEx Ground’s station in Queens New York, is in partnership with Berkshire Grey, a developer of Intelligent Enterprise Robotics solutions.
Berkshire Grey’s RPSi system can autonomously pick, identify, sort, collect and containerise small packages at scale, a process that is traditionally processed and sorted manually. The system can handle a wide array of routine packages, including individual polybags, tubes, padded mailers, and more. FedEx says the new technology will introduce the necessary efficiencies to accommodate the rapid growth in e-commerce, autonomously handling thousands of packages a day and sorting them for onward transit to hubs and stations throughout the FedEx Ground network. It adds that the further automation and implementation of robots will improve safety, efficiency, and productivity.