Robotics systems are being introduced into the world of logistics at an increasing rate. While some robotics systems and the companies employing them have achieved their goals, many other deployments have been unsuccessful. Some of these failures are due to technological issues, but more commonly, humans are the primary source of deployment problems.
In this insightful and informed presentation, FedEx’s Aaron Prather, who has successfully deployed robotics applications within FedEx (and has seen other initiatives go off the rails), will review the continuing opportunities for robotics solutions in the logistics sector. He will also point out those circumstances that lead to deployment failures, either the result of technology issues, or simply misunderstandings between the Robotic World and the Logistics World. He will also share his insights into how everyone can win if some common human missteps are addressed.
Senior Technical Advisor
With nearly 25 years at FedEx, Aaron Prather has developed and deployed numerous technology applications across the FedEx enterprise. From Hub operations in Memphis, Indianapolis, and Oakland, to Courier Operations around the world, he has worked in every corner of FedEx’s day-to-day operations. In his current role as Senior Advisor, Technology Planning & Research, Prather leads efforts to find and deploy new technologies into FedEx operations, including robotics and automation. He sits on the company’s Operations Technology Council which coordinates efforts across all of the FedEx companies. Outside of FedEx, Aaron participates in developing robot standards at the RIA and UL. Through the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, he works with universities and colleges in the development of educational programs for the next generation of technologists in logistics. Prather received an MBA from Christian Brothers University, and holds a BS from University of Memphis in Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
The Robot Report
Steve Crowe is Editor of The Robot Report and Collaborative Robotics Trends. He joined WTWH Media after spending five years as Managing Editor of Robotics Trends and Robotics Business Review. He was also co-chair of RoboBusiness and has produced robotics conferences for CES and PTC’s LiveWorx. Crowe holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College.