ComCap’s Robots in Retail 2022

We are pleased to present our views on Robots in Retail sector, doing so with the aim of helping increase transparency and communication between the companies themselves, as well as financial and strategic investors.

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ComCap has been active in the robots in retail space and our report is aimed at enhancing transparency and communication between the market players, as well as financial and strategic investors.

Key trends highlighted in the report include:

  • Global retail robots market is estimated to reach $55.8BN, witnessing a CAGR of 30.1% between 2021 and 2028
  • Pandemic has accelerated the adaptation of robots by retailers and by 2025, over 150,000 mobile robots are likely to be deployed in brick-and-mortar establishments
  • Retailers are evaluating a wide variety of ways that robotic automation can fit into their retail store ecosystem, right from store front assistance, inventory management, and more
  • Retail robot space is still evolving and far away from consolidation. The space witnessed only 13 M&A deals since 2020
  • Contrary to the M&A space, the private placement funding has been vibrant since the advent of COVID-19. Since 2020, the space saw 61 funding rounds; over 75% of these deals took place since Jan’21 

Other key themes covered in the report include:

  • Robotics, IoT, AI, and big data are intersecting to offer personalized product recommendation to customers
  • Leading retailers are turning to intelligent inventory management robots that are equipped with cameras to scan store shelves and determine misplaced or out-of-stock items
  • Retailers are increasingly resorting to warehouse robots (such as AMR, cobots, robotic arms, etc.) to counter the labor shortages (as witnessed post COVID-19) and increase productivity
  • More and more retailers are resorting to Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) due to convenience, minimal upfront costs, and easy implementation & upgradation