- 25 March 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
Supply chain automation specialists Körber and Chinese Libiao Robotics have announced a partnership to bring autonomous mobile parcel sorting robots to Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
Warehouses in those regions have faced sudden spikes in demand due to the pandemic, forcing them to improve efficiency and quality while facing capacity and space constraints. Körber plans to use the Libiao autonomous sorting robots as part of its solution for its clients. The combined Körber/Libiao offering is to be branded ‘K.Move AutoSort Mobile – Powered by Libiao’
“In a competitive logistics environment where flexibility, adaptability and precision are everything, robotics brings a new level of performance to your warehouse floor,” said Nishan Wijemanne, global head of AMR solutions, Körber Business Area Supply Chain. “The opportunity to deploy Libiao’s sorting robots along with our existing AMR solutions portfolio gives our customers the strategic advantage of deploying an efficient, low-cost and a rapidly deployable fulfillment solution, thus achieving faster last-mile delivery.”
Libiao Robotics has deployed some 15,000 of its parcel sorting robots around the world. These table-top machines only need a small physical area to be deployed and can be reconfigured and scaled up as sortation automation in a warehouse requires. This is more accessible than traditional fixed automation in larger sorting hubs and can be operated in micro-fulfilment centres such as those increasingly being used for urban last mile deliveries.
Xia Huiling, founder and CEO of Libiao Robotics, said, “We are very happy to be able to further extend our relationship with Körber beyond Australia and New Zealand. Körber is a company with very strong integration capabilities. The cooperation with Körber will help the development of Libiao’s global strategy.
“The current global Covid-19 pandemic is changing market structures and trends. The impact of the pandemic and the rapid growth of e-commerce have prompted reforms in the logistics and supply chain fields. Faced with labor shortages and sharp increase in health risks, the challenge of the logistics and supply chain system to turn to automation is more urgent than before.
“The flexibility and scalability of the sorting system are also higher in order to adapt to the changing and diversified market needs and difficulties. This means that highly flexible sorting solutions have a broad application space, and the cooperation between the two parties is very promising.”