We all know that the e-commerce sector has gone through a massive growth surge in the past few years, especially due to the pandemic. This growth surge is expected to continue in the coming years. To be able to adapt to this growth, e-commerce and logistics companies have turned to (further) automation of their warehouses. Fulfillment processes must become more flexible and efficient to accommodate the growing consumer demand whilst at the same time dealing with rising labor shortages. Luckily, there are various automation options available to optimize warehouse capacity.
Many warehouses have already implemented a goods-to-person system to improve the productivity of their warehouse employees and to reduce the storage space needed. A great example of such a system is AutoStore, an Automated Storage and Retrieval System delivering goods directly to a fixed order picking port where a human operator is present to pick the goods. However, what if you turn this goods-to-person system into a goods-to-robot system for optimal fulfillment efficiency?
Manual AutoStore ports can be transformed into automated ports with the addition pick and place robots to these ports. These pick and place robots enable the automated handling of items stored in AutoStore and can assist in various picking processes, such as order picking, batch picking and sorter loading. This cooperation brings various advantages to fulfillment processes:
By combining AutoStore with pick and place robots, fulfillment efficiency will be improved, leading to faster order processing times, shorter delivery times and improved customer satisfaction. At Smart Robotics, we can help you reach uninterrupted operation in your fulfillment process with our reliable pick and place solutions, such as the Smart Item Picker. The Smart Item Picker can easily be implemented in an ASRS system such as Autostore and can help you transform your goods-to-person process to a goods-to-robot process, enabling you to improve efficiency, save time and costs and scale your business.
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