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Nike launches robot-assisted warehouse in Japan

Daiwa House setup trims workforce and helps retailers steer clear of Amazon

This Nike distribution center in Chiba Prefecture operates with 215 robots handling 6,000 stacked shelves.  (Photo by Daisuke Ito)

OSAKA -- Daiwa House Industry is teaming up with Nike to launch smart distribution centers where robots whisk racks of items to workers for packing.

The leading Japanese retail warehouse developer will market the system to retailers seeking to drive direct sales to consumers without relying on such digital platforms as

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