Automated ground vehicles, forklifts and trucks have long been used in manufacturing, but now, the technological, cost and productivity advantages are becoming more applicable to distribution centers, according to this article. "Any warehouse of 200,000 square feet or more, with lots of repetitive, horizontal travel with full pallets or carts over long distances, with multiple shifts, and putaway requirements for moving large numbers of pallets quickly is a good candidate," says Frank Devlin of The Raymond Corp.

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