This army of tiny orange robots which can sort up to 200,000 packages every DAY in a Chinese warehouse are providing an alarming glimpse of what the future could hold in factories around the world. These miniature machines, each just 7.5 inches, follow a set route and transport parcels from the assembly line to the departure gates where they are then dispatched.

In the STO Express building in Liny, Shandong Province, the 300 robots can get through 20,000 parcels every hour. The self-charging workers have saved the company, which has 300,000 employees, a staggering 70 per cent of manpower. They began operating in November last year at two of the company’s warehouses. The robots can identify the destination of a parcel through a code scan – practically eliminating mistakes. READ MORE