A large part of supply chain management is about keeping quality control standards high, reduce spoilage and waste, and ensure employee safety. In the past months, the pandemic has added new challenges to global logistics as the overall increase in e-commerce has spurred the demand for more warehouse space and labour.
As shoppers continue to go from offline to online to maintain social distancing, companies need to improve their warehouse efficiency to fulfill orders in the shortest possible time and meet the need for instant gratification. With overall supply chain instability impacting businesses everywhere, it has forced warehouse managers to look into new automation technologies and begin their AMR journey.
Smart robotics technologies allow warehouse employees to operate more safely and efficiently while making full use of warehouse space. Thanks to the high flexibility of autonomous mobile robots, companies have an easier time adjusting their strategy in an ever-changing environment.
More warehouse efficiency; higher revenue growth
High-performing supply chains imply higher revenue growth. According to a Deloitte analysis of supply chain leadership, “79% of companies with high-performing supply chains achieve revenue growth superior to the average within their industries.” Autonomous mobile robots help warehouse owners raise revenue by improving warehouse efficiency and reducing error.
Compared to traditional warehouse operations that are often heavily reliant on manual operations, Geek+ smart robotics systems can help businesses improve efficiency by 2 - 3 times. Take Geek+’s Goods-to-Person picking solution as an example, where picking robots will move the inventory shelves and pallets to a picking station, eliminating the redundant walking of the picking workers. In this way, warehouse owners no longer have to pay order pickers to walk but to pick.
Picking errors is one of the most frequent problems in warehouse management as it can be hard to maintain accuracy when employees are required to perform repetitive and physically demanding tasks for long hours. Geek+ solution helps businesses achieve 99.99% accuracy with automated robots. Connected to the WMS, robots will automate everything from picking and sorting to moving and cross-docking, and provide a better overview of inventory and the entire logistics process while gathering data, allowing businesses to streamline operations based on real-time demand.
ASDA achieves 99.99% accuracy with smart sorting robots
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and more customers shopping online, ASDA experienced their parcel collection and returns business increase in 12 months, creating a new demand for more efficient warehouse operations.
Together with Asda Logistics Services and AMH Materials Handling, Geek+ implemented sixty sorting robots in ASDA's cross-docking facility. This project increases ASDA’s operation capacity while still working within the existing facility. By integrating S20C robots into the existing ALS sorting system, it enabled ASDA to respond to rapid changes in order volume and continue to provide services during peak periods.
"The robots work alongside our colleagues, enabling us to drive greater efficiencies at times of peak demand, which have helped to boost the number of parcels we're now able to sort through our Asda toyou service." says Jon Parry, Vice President of Asda Logistics Services (ALS).
Like ASDA, more and more businesses move towards e-commerce. A June 2021 report from Ofcom has found British consumers spent a total of £113 billion online throughout 2020, a rise of 48% on the year before. In turn, automated systems help them cope with the complexities brought on by omnichannel fulfillment.
A highly flexible and scalable solution
Digitalising warehouse operations used to be linked with a lot of risk due to long deployment times and hefty investment costs. To meet this concern, Geek+ offers businesses the opportunity to start with smaller pilot projects to proof of concept and gradually expand according to their needs and requirements. Built on AMRs, flexible racking, and workstations that are easy to set up, Geek+ solutions can be customised to fit the existing facility without having to making large infrastructure adjustment. By providing flexible robot solutions, Geek+ aims to help reduce the initial investment and lower the entry threshold for intelligent automation.
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