News report: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-automation-exc...
Product website: https://www.cmcmachinery.com/portfolio-item/ecommerce1-cmc-c...
The effect on waste should be interesting. I assume that everyone who has ordered a product online has had the experience of receiving that product in a box that was quite a bit larger; that happens because standard shipping processes use a limited and pre-determined set of cardboard box sizes. If you look on the box somewhere, you should see a label like "1A5" which is the box size. With past technology, you had to round up to the next largest box that fits the product, which sometimes leaves quite a bit of waste, both in cardboard and the packing material (plastic pillows) used to fill up large voids in the box. It looks like this machine can cut boxes exactly to the product dimensions, which will presumably save both on box and filler material to lower costs, and generate less waste.
The problem was huge underlying package.
The input seems to be single items that are regtangular-ish within a certain size and don't need any wrapping, padding, or air bags. This probably describes a lot of Amazon's products but for this use-case wouldn't a machine that wraps the item between two sheets of plastic on rolls be easier/cheaper?
Is this a stepping stone to the machine that can handle multiple/delicate/irregular items?
I'm not a manufacturing engineer, but I have watched a lot of How It's Made, the machine doesn't seem more impressive than any of the other plethora of automated manufacturing machines that were available then.
That's not to say it isn't a handy thing to have running, it looks like a crew of 4-6 persons with the right setup for folding and packing boxes could probably keep up with the machine as it is running in the video, so as all things in business it's gonna be a cost-benefit calculation that makes the decision.