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China robotics startup offers automation in distribution centers

LiBiao seeks to capitalize on growing demand for e-commerce with sorting robot

Zhejiang LiBiao Robot's workhorse is an automated sorting robot called "Mini Yellow". (Photo courtesy of Zhejiang LiBiao Robo)

BEIJING -- A Chinese robotics startup is growing into a major supplier of technologies to improve the efficiency of operations at distribution centers that fulfill soaring e-commerce orders.

Demand for systems for more efficient and smarter warehouse management is strong in China, where online shopping has been growing at a breakneck speed, driving up the number of parcels handled. Despite the explosive growth of e-commerce, only about 20% of distribution operations are automated in China, compared with 80% in major industrial nations.

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