Keep up with increasing consumer demands for frequent, smaller e-commerce orders and omni-channel fulfillment with AMR solutions from Fetch.
The pandemic has permanently accelerated the e-commerce market by 5 years and exacerbated by the already problematic labor shortage. 94% in the US will buy the same or more online after COVID-19 ends.
For 3PLs, warehouse space can be constrained by rapid growth and expansion fueled by e-commerce and seasonal peaks, requiring up to three times the distribution space of traditional retail. Space may also be poorly utilized due to legacy equipment such as conveyor lines, racks, and other fixed infrastructure.
Automation brings both opportunity and challenges for 3PLs. Competitive 3PLs need an automation solution to help them not only keep up with demand but can be deployed and re-configured easily with no new infrastructure requirements.
Customers of 3PLs can change periodically and every customer is unique. Implementing fixed automation may serve the requirements of an existing customer, but leave 3PLs unable to adapt to the requirements of both existing and future customers. Fixed automation is not just expensive, but it is also difficult to implement in an existing facility without limiting the capacity of that facility in the process.
Flexible automation enabled by a fleet of AMRs provides increased efficiency needed to optimize any type of picking operation, but also allows 3PLs to easily customize and redeploy automation from one customer account to another. AMRs can also use a Robot as a Service (RaaS) model that provides the ability to change the type of AMR being used if the needs of a 3PL change.
Fetch provides a purpose-built fulfillment solution with AMRs that significantly increases the efficiency of order picking, batch picking, and replenishment by leveraging pick path optimization and orchestration of associates and AMRs.
Fetch’s Freight1500 and Freight500 enable safer and more efficient case picking and pallet picking operations in addition to automating other pallet conveyance workflows. Leverage your scarce labor resources for picking and not driving.
Fetch’s broad portfolio of AMRs and cloud-based software with drag and drop development environment enables 3PLs to automate any manual material movement including putaway, recycling removal, etc.
Enable urgent order and hot picks for flexible operation. Drives productivity in low dwell time, high volume environments.
Streamline returns process using AMRs to transport returns to restock, repack, refurbishment, liquidation stations or areas.
Want to learn more about how flexible automation can improve productivity in your facility? Get started today by contacting the automation experts at Fetch Robotics. With the broadest range of AMRs in the industry, we can help you pick, find, track, and move anything from parts to pallets.