FedEx uses new sorting robot in Guangzhou

FedEx has started to use a DoraSorter sorting robot at its sorting facility in Guangzhou, China, as it attempts to improve its parcel throughput at the site.

The DoraSorter is the first of its kind for FedEx in China, and is already working on sorting small inbound and outbound packages for e-commerce customers in the region

The robot, developed by China based Dorabot, can handle up to 10kg of packages and has a drawer shaped gripper that connects with the conveyor belt. It has a barcode reader that gives it destination information and moves the packages from the conveyor to the appropriate destination slot.

“With e-commerce taking center stage in the future of retail in our region, the speed with which a parcel can be picked up and delivered to customers’ doorsteps has become a dominant factor in driving the adoption of sorting robots,” said Kawal Preet, president of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express. “Bringing DoraSorter to China as a pilot program is a natural choice for us given it’s the world’s biggest e-commerce market with an expected valuation of US$3.3tn by 2025.

“As we look to build a data-driven, smart logistics network to help our customers thrive in the digital economy, this alliance with Dorabot is part of becoming the network for what’s next. AI-powered technology will continue to change how we support customers in the region and enhance supply chains for the future.”

Xiaobai Deng, founder and CEO of Dorabot, commented, “The use of DoraSorter helps FedEx sort a higher volume of cross-border e-commerce shipments. It is the starting point of a global collaboration between Dorabot and FedEx. We hope that we can work together to bring AI and robotics applications to more businesses and consumers.”

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