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Chinese and Indian robots battle for Japan's logistics money

Quicktron and GreyOrange market cheap solutions to warehouse labor shortage

Butler robots, made by India's GreyOrange, are used in warehouses operated by Japanese furniture seller Nitori. (Photo courtesy of GreyOrange)

OSAKA -- Startups from China and India have deployed their warehouse robots in Japan, where a labor shortage has stretched the logistics sector's ability to keep up with online shopping growth.

Shanghai-based Quicktron, which counts Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding as a customer, started selling robots in Japan this summer.

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