Ocado's new warehouse has thousands of robots zooming around a grid system to pack groceries. The thousands of robots can process 65,000 orders every week. They communicate on a 4G network to avoid bumping into each other. Is this the future of retail?
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No attempt to actually explain the process. Left with more questions than answers.
Oldschool Cyborg (6 days ago)
*Human workers have left the chat.*
MrMisterMan (9 days ago)
We just have Mexicans do it in the usa
Don Mega (10 days ago)
the camera man was never heard from again. the robots packed him in an unmarked container.
TheGaming Englishman (14 days ago)
this is the reason the UK unemployment ratio is increasing.... robots... good for some things.. but bad for others
돈승택 (19 days ago)
물건만 채워 주면 알라셔 하네
Mark Davis (20 days ago)
Sadly now all gone up in a cloud of smoke :-(
Jason Hunt (20 days ago)
Is this the warehouse that burnt down?
Kevin DEAMANDEL (14 days ago)
Aaron Mabeza (21 days ago)
sadly it burned/burnt down
budfr (21 days ago)
Amazing but at the expense of humans...
Nemo D123 (21 days ago)
show us what happens when error occurs in the system.
J Polar (22 days ago)
Let the robots eat the food too.
I just saw one robot piss some oil on the food.....now what ?
oliver empleo (22 days ago)
that was the supposed robot villains in the terminator movie "rise of the machines"!
brujah kadin (23 days ago)
Goodbye humans 😂
mitzvos Golem (24 days ago)
soon no more people needed.
Not good... seriously twenty years from now we will not have enough jobs for people..Then what?
Peter Pan (25 days ago)
Amazing video 👍
Dre Paris (1 month ago)
Automation here we come
James White (1 month ago)
A partner of WAITROSE
James White (1 month ago)
They are on fire in that warehouse!!!
Ankit Yadav (1 month ago)
What is air traffic control ????????????????????
Chatta290 (1 month ago)
It’s a shame it burnt down recently.
Young Grizzly (1 month ago)
"Learn to code" i guess
J o n a t h a n (1 month ago)
wish they got more in detail with this i buy ocado love to know how the system works. I get my shopping from Bristol wonder if its the same system??
taz89ful (1 month ago)
hmm so they use a hoist thats meant for lifting people
John Thompson (1 month ago)
do,nt worry about the poor vid, it all just burned down.
Drews Quick Fixes Ideas And Hacks (1 month ago)
Sadly.one of those robots didn't get its stapler back so it burned the place down lol
Antonio Pisano (1 month ago)
No human interaction. The world is falling at the AI mercy.....
Robert Shaver (1 month ago)
It was interesting to look at but the explanation of how it works was not clear or complete.
John Kennedy (1 month ago)
just burned to the ground
Damien Dye (1 month ago)
Just a pity the warehouse burnt down last week with a lost of all these
Rob hartles (1 month ago)
This place burnt to the ground this week its was a massive fire it burned for 4days it was big news here in the UK
Robert Kusuma (1 month ago)
Wow robotic era is coming soon
Adam Craig (1 month ago)
Update, it set on fire, burnt for 3days
GSXR750wx (1 month ago)
This place got burned down last week. All those moving machines with wired or wireless electricity were a fire accident waiting to happen.
Paul Sutherland (1 month ago)
Profits over People.
WGJC (1 month ago)
Well, it was a great warehouse. It is now burnt to the ground. Search OCADO fire. OMG
Ian Greenstreet (1 month ago)
Now burnt to the ground
Zurkster (1 month ago)
So what do you do when a robot malfunctions and freezes up in the middle of the warehouse? Sod playing dodge the robot!
DigiKunt (1 month ago)
The warehouse that burnt down?
sparkplug964 (1 month ago)
OMG where all doomed!!!!
Daniel Taggart (1 month ago)
This facility burnt down this week. everything you see is gone
Dubsy Dubs (1 month ago)
Why have they got all the lights on?
Jeremy van Zyl (1 month ago)
Oops, this factory burned down two days ago.......
george watkins (1 month ago)
Can’t believe it burnt down just a couple of days ago
P Pugalia (1 month ago)
Where in the world is it ?
Shawn Derbyshire (1 month ago)
This facility has just burnt down
Sean Smith (1 month ago)
Burning down right now
Simon Cadden (1 month ago)
Rumour has it that the fire at the Ocado warehouse was started by a disgruntled robot.
David Chamberlain (1 month ago)
This burnt down today
Joan Hesketh (1 month ago)
Not anymore . Just burned down .
Tim Whitford (1 month ago)
This place went up in a huge fire 06/02/19, no one injured thankfully
Benjamin Robinson (1 month ago)
This aged well
synek12345678 (1 month ago)
It's all gone in fire already :(
AcePvP (1 month ago)
Now this building has burned down
Flame Creator (1 month ago)
I live in Andover it's on fire right now
TheDutyPaid (1 month ago)
R.I.P. little robots.
Jason Patrick (1 month ago)
It’s on fire now lol
Sam Scott (1 month ago)
Shame its all on fire now
TheGlitcher1705 (1 month ago)
Too bad this place is on fire now, I can see it from my house.
Syeda Akther (1 month ago)
The warehouse was caught on fire
Plants and Travels (1 month ago)
Good. Humans will get jobs to build the warehouse again.
Goldenchild (1 month ago)
lä lä cthulhu (1 month ago)
The system is rather inefficient considering the system has to lift every crate seperately if it wants to lift the lowest crate. I guess the system does put the least common items at the lowest slots, but that does little to stop me from shaking my head. The main advantage is that the system can run 24/7 without much manpower needed. More automation and less jobs for the less qualified people. That'll make your neighborhoods safer...
rjc0234 (1 month ago)
the theory is (well was now) that items that get picked regularly float to the top, and items that get picked less sink to the bottom. there is another company that pioneered this tech, google "stop air housing, start warehousing" for a reasonable explanation to how it works.
Cjango Freeman (1 month ago)
White people especially the British can't cook. Why would they need to buy groceries?
Priderice Rice (1 month ago)
Making 3Min scratch the surface Video > a short interview and journalist work
Petros Antoniou (1 month ago)
Way to go at doing the worst job ever of describing how these things work. Skilless video.
Rustyhands (1 month ago)
the most annoying music ever.........
H L (1 month ago)
what’s a football pitch
Juan Sherlon Sanchez Machado (1 month ago)
SIEMPRE QUEREMOS TENER MAS POR MENOS, CONSECUENCIA DE ESO ES LA ABARRICIA DONDE SE GENERE MENOS EMPLEOS Y MAS GANANCIAS
MrCatsEyes (1 month ago)
I work for ocado and yeh, its true.
vzgsxr (1 month ago)
But, can they eat that booty like groceries?
zeeek1 (2 months ago)
I suppose the lights are only on for the video? Robots don't need light.
Jess Connelly (2 months ago)
A robot takes s dump in your bag and ships it👍👍👍👍
HappyHusbandn Wife (2 months ago)
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ikmarchini (2 months ago)
Won't have much groceries to pack come March 29
beauty peace (2 months ago)
Tony Montano (2 months ago)
So we don’t need women any more! This is a step forward” just a few more little things and were done. Jesse I would be able to retire 😂
mohd taupik (2 months ago)
Not all jobs gone... there are a lot of tasks that robot can't do... and using robot is not cost effective... so we still needs human for job
Fienly0109 (2 months ago)
Bring it on
Akihiko Hayashi (2 months ago)
I can imagine the way flying cars communicate being a more complex version of this
japrogramer (2 months ago)
They tuk r jurbs
Nikos V (2 months ago)
do the robots actually pick any of the items from the crates? this is notoriously difficult and no company as far as I know has a picking robot that can pick diverse items such as a bag of chips, a doll, a packet of biscuits etc with the correct pressure etc without breaking or dropping some items. i would really like to know if this company has solved that as it is a game changer, I strongly suspect they have not
otherwisemaladroit (2 months ago)
I'd like to see this with 5G.
ジョジョ大好きおじさん (2 months ago)
Feras Hamdan (2 months ago)
Who decides the ethics of this trend? Who had studied the social impact? Who actually had approved it? If people do not meet and interact in the marketplaces and workplaces then can I say every one will be a presinor somehow. Too sad.
Roboworld (2 months ago)
Right here in Ohio! Can't wait to see how this plays out!
Pooja K (2 months ago)
Wow! This is a very nice concept.
There are a few things which don't help understand if the stated robots are indeed robots or simply PLC controlled trolleys.
The grid of crates can be seen as an N×M grid of fixed dimension p×q cells and considering the know speed of trolleys and M trolleys, all one needs to do at the back end is to right an algorithm to move the trolleys in direction(seek cell, restore cell, destination) and ensure collision avoidance. All of this can be done through PLC and through ATC, within a stupulated time, a trajectory change if needed for trolleys be programmed or the number of cells to go can be sent in real time. The logic control for this application may be simpler than that for Uber.
At the crate filling end, the robotic arm is not shown to be more than one that allow bar code scanning. But this part is more AI than the one on the grid, however still simpler than robotic arms in car assembly lines.
The question is : Is AI needed for applications for which PLC is just enough.
But it is still a very amazing achievement to be able to 65k orders per week. Good for warehouses, meaning large e commerce companies, but an overkill for retail.
Asteclimanos San (2 months ago)
Is there another video showing the full process?
SteelRodent (2 months ago)
You only explain how the robots are controlled, not what they actually do or how the system works. Pointless video, really.
ThebigE31 (2 months ago)
This video contained very little useful information, like the old football metric or they travel at 4 meters per second instead of a more common mph or kph unit and no explanation of how they work or what they are actually doing.
mmachefert (2 months ago)
Thank god for the 'Yellow Vests' that are going to put an end to all this BS.
HI LEE (2 months ago)
Korean warehouses still not advancing high technologies of the order deliveries system because of low labor pay and regulation policy.
Dueng Design (2 months ago)
How do they restock? Them robots do it too?
Cat Hat (2 months ago)
And this is exactly why we don't need low skilled immigration into the UK.
dipanker baral (2 months ago)
50 years ago. when they manufactured trucks. people complained. instead of 100 people carrying goods, only a single person will do it.
99 jobs lost. People couldn't see the upcoming greater good. So is the case now. So will it be in future
I don't think it's the future of retail in general, but it might be the most viable solution for some places and some companies which have a high demand for delivering groceries at home or to another business intermediate.
Personally, I still enjoy making my groceries in location...
amadexi (3 months ago)
And yet people are scared of Mexicans taking "their" jobs.