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South Korean industry embraces robots to ease labor crunch

Logistics firms and restaurants are early adopters; delivery bots await new deregulations

Woowa Brothers, operator of the country's biggest food delivery app, is testing the Dilly Drive small delivery robot to pick up orders from restaurants and take them to customers. (Photo by Kotaro Hosokawa)

SEOUL -- South Korea's logistics and restaurant industries are becoming leading sectors in robot adoption as labor shortages and a hike in the minimum wage prompt many companies to introduce work robots.

Major logistics companies have introduced transport robots to streamline package handling. A big food delivery service provider and a convenience store chain have begun testing fully automated robots to deliver products to customers' homes.

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