More than 960,000 Americans worked in the warehouse industry in October, 2017. That’s up 42% over the past decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An additional 246,000 positions went unfilled. Several firms are racing to produce warehouse robots to aid humans in these jobs and help the companies that employ them compete against Amazon. Here’s more on that.

Other firms are working on creating robotic muscles so robots can lift heavier weights and increase overall robotic performance. This article and video outlines those efforts.