DHL Supply Chain orders Locus AMR picker robots

DHL Supply Chain has agreed a deal with autonomous mobile robots (AMR) company Locus Robotics for Locus Robotics to supply 10 new Locus AMRs this year to DHL Supply Chain’s US warehouses.

The Locus AMR system has been developed jointly with DHL Supply Chain North America since 2017. They support human picking by going around the warehouse and selecting baskets of the appropriate SKUs for the picking personnel to select individually and pack. They improve efficiency, reduce errors and tackle physically demanding and routine tasks for the pickers.

“The agreement with Locus Robotics further enables us to bring productivity-enhancing technology to our customers quickly, so they are well-positioned to capitalize on new and emerging opportunities,” said Jim Gehr, President, Retail at DHL Supply Chain North America.

“DHL Supply Chain’s initial implementation of the Locus solution within the life sciences and retail sectors was a tremendous success; we saw increases in fulfillment productivity of up to 80% in selected customer operations. We now see an opportunity to extend the benefits of utilizing their highly flexible AMR solution at scale for customers across multiple sectors. We look forward to continuing to work with Locus to drive productivity, support capacity growth and deliver continuous improvement within our customers’ supply chains nationwide.”

“We are very excited to be growing our partnership with DHL Supply Chain,” said Rick Faulk, CEO, Locus Robotics. “We’ve already identified the sites in question and expect deployment in 2020 to support volume for peak season. What is particularly gratifying about this expansion is that the DHL decision was based on observed successes in their early facilities. We continue to see customers expanding their relationships as they prove out our solution.”