Geek+, a developer of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), continues to grow its network of supply chain partners. It recently announced a global partnership with supply chain technology provider Körber.
Geek+ will make its AMRs available to Kӧrber’s customer base. And Kӧrber brings its integration, advisory, and maintenance expertise to the table. This deal expands an existing partnership the two companies have in the Asia Pacific region.
“We are excited to be entering into our first global partnership and equally excited that it is with Körber,” said Hong Yu, CMO, Geek+. “This partnership allows us to provide businesses worldwide with AMR solutions that can help realize flexible and efficient logistics operations.”
According to Interact Analysis, Geek+ is the No. 1 supplier of AMRs in the world with 10% market share. Geek+ said in the past five years it has deployed 10,000 AMRs around the world for 300-plus customers. Earlier in August 2020, it expanded into South America with a deployment with Walmart Chile, the largest supermarket chain in the country. Walmart Chile has 345 stores under banners Liders Hiper, Lider Express, Superbodega Acuenta and Central Mayorista.
“Körber’s relationship with Geek+ is spurred by innovation,” said Nishan Wijemanne, global leader for AMR Solutions at Körber. “Our ongoing global investments in the advancement of robotics brings a new level of performance to the warehouse floor. By collaborating with Geek+, Kӧrber provides the flexibility, adaptability and precision businesses need to conquer supply chain complexity today and beyond.”
Geek+, a 2020 RBR50 innovation award winner, closed a $200 million Series C round in June 2020 to continue its aggressive global expansion. Earlier in August, it signed a North American distribution deal with Kuecker Logistics Group. And in May 2020, Geek+ signed a distribution deal with Conveyco Technologies.
Geek+ offers a variety of logistics robots, including the C200M AMR designed to operate in narrow aisles, reach high shelves, and increase warehouse storage capacity. According to the company, the C200M can operate in aisles that are 3 feet wide. It can use a 3.2-foot-long telescopic fork to reach two rows of containers from one side of a shelf. The robot can also store cargo in a range from 0.215 m (8.4 in.) up to 5 m (16.4 ft.). Its door frame is modular and can be customized according to customer needs. In addition, the modular design allows for on-site assembly, making transportation and loading easier.