Locus Robotics, a 2019 RBR50 company and leading developer of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for fulfillment warehouses, has partnered with supply chain solutions provider HighJump. The companies will work together to facilitate the development of integration tools to better deploy Locus Robotics’ AMRs at shared retail and third-party logistics (3PL) customer sites. The partnership also makes HighJump a licensed reseller of Locus’ AMRs.
“In today’s rapidly growing e-commerce market, 3PLs and retailers are deploying autonomous mobile robots to solve their productivity, efficiency, and labor challenges,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “Our partnership with HighJump allows us to rapidly bring the Locus solution to a wide range of customers, helping them achieve greater ROI, and consistently meet their customers’ SLAs.”
Total retail sales in the United States are projected to amount to $6.03 trillion by 2020, up from over $5.4 trillion in 2018, according to Statistica. Locus’ retail and 3PL customers, which include DHL, GEODIS, Port Logistics, Verst Logistics, SANDOW, Marley Lilly, and Radial, are achieving 200-300% improvements in productivity deploying the robots.
“At HighJump, we love making our customers better – and this means leveraging the innovative technologies of tomorrow,” said John Santagate, Vice President, Robotics at HighJump and Körber Logistics Systems. “AMR’s in the warehouse is an area we believe will drive tremendous value. This partnership allows us to deliver cutting-edge AMR technology to our customers and work collaboratively with Locus Robotics to conquer supply chain complexity with the warehouse of the future.”
HighJump is part of Körber Logistics Systems, a provider of diverse solutions for warehousing and logistics spanning eight companies dispersed worldwide, including industrial voice solutions, capabilities for AMRs and automated material handling equipment.
Locus’ AMRs are being showcased at NRF 2020 in New York. The Locus booth (#345) will simulate a real warehouse, featuring live demonstrations that will give visitors the opportunity to interact directly with the robots.
AMR companies recently reported increased demand for robots to handle peaks caused by record online orders. Locus said its robots delivered more than 13 million units picked during November 2019 on behalf of its retail and 3PL customers. The company said this was a 400% increase in units picked over last year.
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