In 2022 & 2023, market players expected to sail in rough waters; might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain. Further, U.S. economy is expected to grow merely by 3% in 2022. Purchasing power in the country is expected to fell nearly by 2.5%.
On the other hand, European countries to see the worst coming in the form of energy crisis especially in upcoming winters!! Right after COVID-19, inflation has started gripping the economies across the globe. Higher than anticipated inflation, especially in western world had raised concerns for national banks and financial institutions to control the economic loss and safeguard the interest of the businesses. Increased interest rates, strong USD inflated oil prices, looming prices for gas and energy resources due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, China economic slowdown (~4% in 2022) disrupting the production and global supply chain and other factors would impact each industry negatively.
The global warehouse automation market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of ~15% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2030. The growth of the market can be attributed to the growing adoption of robotics and automation amongst various end-user industries, and constant development in the field of technology. The technological advancement and new breakthroughs in robotics and automation technology is estimated to primarily drive the market growth. With the rise in the population of consumers, manufacturing of consumer goods has also risen tremendously in the past decade. As a result, there is an up-surge in the number of warehouses to stock and supply goods. The growing emergence of warehouses is estimated to boost the market growth. In the year 2018, around 18,200 warehouses functioned worldwide, up from less than 16,000 in 2014. Along with this, over 40,000 new FMCG stores were launched across the world in the same year. Moreover, reduction in labor costs, and increased working speed are some of the major factors estimated to boost the market growth. In addition to this, the growing cases of accidents in industrial workplaces, especially warehouses, is another major aspect, promoting the adoption of automation in warehouses. According to the data by the International Labor Organization (ILO), over 340 million workplace accidents are caused annually, resulting in 2.3 million deaths. Use of automatic robots and machines lowers the risk of accidents, making warehouses safer to work. This is estimated to further encourage the market growth.
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The market is segmented by end-user into healthcare, electric & electronics, fast moving consumer goods, and others, out of which, the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) segment is anticipated to hold the notable share in the global warehouse automation market over the forecast period on account of owing to the growing demand for consumer goods, backed by rising number of consumers. Moreover, growth in manufacturing industry is expected to boost the segment growth.
The never-ending growth in internet accessibility around the world along with numerous technological advancements comprising 5G, blockchain, cloud services, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) among others have significantly boosted the economic growth in the last two decades. As of April 2021, there were more than 4.5 billion users that were actively using the internet globally. Moreover, the growth in ICT sector has significantly contributed towards GDP growth, labor productivity, and R&D spending among other transformations of economies in different nations of the globe. Furthermore, the production of goods and services in the ICT sector is also contributing to the economic growth and development. As per the statistics in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s database, the ICT good exports (% of total good exports) globally grew from 10.816 in 2015 to 11.536 in 2019. In 2019, these exports in Hong Kong SAR, China amounted to 56.65%, 25.23% in East Asia & Pacific, 26.50% in China, 25.77% in Korea, Rep., 8.74% in the United States, and 35.01% in Vietnam. These are some of the important factors that are boosting the growth of the market.
On the basis of geographical analysis, the global warehouse automation market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. The market in Asia Pacific region is estimated to witness noteworthy growth over the forecast period on the back of rapid industrial development, coupled with the growing automotive industry and demand for enhanced material handling solutions in the region. Moreover, growing consumer goods manufacturing industry in the countries, such as, India, Japan, Korea, and China, is estimated to boost the market growth. For instance, manufacturing contributes to around 30% of the economy of China.
The market in the North America region is anticipated to gain the largest market share throughout the forecast period owing to the growing adoption of robotics and automatic technology, along with higher labor cost in the region. Moreover, increasing focus on the adoption of industrial internet of things (IIoT) is also expected to create significant growth opportunities for market growth in the region.
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The global warehouse automation market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:
Our in-depth analysis of the global warehouse automation market includes the following segments:
Ans: The growing adoption of automation technology, and increasing number of warehouses to boost the market growth.
Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~15% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2030.
Ans: Availability of cheap labor in low-income countries and high cost are estimated to hamper the market growth.
Ans: The market in the Asia Pacific is expected to provide maximum growth opportunity over the forecast period, owing to the growing manufacturing industry in the region.
Ans: The major players in the market are KUKA Aktiengesellschaft, SPAN Trading LLC., Swisslog, Honeywell International Inc., AutoStore AS, and others.
Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.
Ans: The market is segmented by component, application, end-users, and by region.
Ans: The storage and retrieval system segment is anticipated to hold largest market size over the forecast period and display significant growth opportunities.