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Daiwa House close to running warehouses with AI, robots

Change coming as soon as next year could slash manpower by 80%

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Robots move inventory at an Amazon warehouse in the U.S.   © Reuters

OSAKA -- Daiwa House Industry plans to use robots and artificial intelligence to operate warehouses in Japan, drastically reducing labor needs at the facilities.

The Osaka-based company envisions leasing such sites to e-commerce companies and other businesses. The system will use shelf-carrying robots dubbed Butlers that were developed by India's GreyOrange. Daiwa House will work with Ground, a Tokyo company licensed to sell the robots in Japan, to co-develop the system. The two companies will form a capital partnership.

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