While aerial delivery drones capture headlines, the pace of adoption of drones in warehouses has shown the greatest acceleration. Warehousing constitutes 30% of the cost of logistics in the US. The rise of ecommerce, greater customer service demands of retail stores, and a shortage of skilled labor have intensified competition for efficient warehouse operations. This takes place during an era of shortening technology life cycles. This paper integrates several theoretical perspectives on technology diffusion and adoption to propose a framework to inform supply chain decision-makers on when to invest in new robotics technology.
Companik, Edward, Gravier, Michael J. & Farris, M Theodore. (2018). Feasibility of warehouse drone adoption and implementation. Journal of Transportation Management, 28(2), 31-48. doi: 10.22237/jotm/1541030640