IKEA expands automated drone fleet for inventory operations
Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA was an early adopter of drone services when it introduced the craft for automated tracking of inventory in its stores. This month the company added another outlet using that aerial tech to its list, expanding its fleet of label-scanning UAVs to a full 100.
The Netherlands-based IKEA franchising partner Ingka said it had overseen the broadening of those automated drone inventory operations with the addition of the Zaventem, Belgium, store. That brought the total number UAVs keeping track of in-house supplies to 100, which are spread across 16 locations in Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland – where the first IKEA outlet began using the technique in 2021.
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According to Ingka, the expansion of automated drones across its IKEA stores makes it the world’s “first retailer to use such…