Fulfill more and fulfill it faster. Outsmart labor shortages and turnover. Zero warehouse changes or disruptions.
The explosive growth of eCommerce was already having a dramatic effect on retail, and then the pandemic occurred. According to Prologis, there will be an additional 20% increase over the previous eCommerce predictions in 2021 and another 17% increase over the previous eCommerce predictions in 2022. This trend is expected to continue even after the pandemic ends with 94% of the United States buying the same amount or more online after COVID-19 ends.
This additional and sustained growth of eCommerce is expected to have a profound impact on the supply chain. Most reports estimate that it takes three times as much space for eCommerce than traditional shopping as none of the inventory is in stores. This will drive an additional billion square feet of warehouse space by 2025. Beyond the amount of extra space required, there is also a massive trend for retailers to ship to both consumers and stores from the same distribution center.
To contend with steadily growing order volumes and an ongoing labor shortage, distribution and fulfillment centers must embrace smarter technology to keep operations running. Automation is key to meeting demand. Automation should not only be flexible to show a fast return on investment and ability to change if business needs change but also able to scale and interwork with other types of automation in a distribution or fulfillment center.
Fetch Robotics AMRs not only provide flexible automation, but also scale with business operations by being integrated with other types of automation equipment such as ASRSs, sortation systems, and software that constantly monitors material being received, urgent orders received, and shipping times. This enables Fetch AMRs to be an organic part of the larger distribution center instead of an isolated cell within a distribution or fulfillment center.
Fetch fulfillment solutions enable real-time, dynamically updated system-wide pick optimization and orchestration across order picking, batch picking, and case picking workflows. These can be implemented independently as standalone workflows or as a single solution that encompasses all of these workflows to optimize picking operations of merchandise ranging in size from tiny transistors to 3000 pound pallets and everything in between.
Automated tote induct / deduct to conveyor. Optimize worker movements: real-time knowledge of what to pick and where to find the item. Decrease delivery of loads: reduce travel time of pushing carts to pack areas.
Enable urgent order and hot picks for flexible operation Quickest deployment solution Ideal for small & medium payloads Reduces travel & drives productivity in low dwell time, high volume environments
“As e-commerce fulfillment operators face ever-increasing pressure to reduce labor and deliver higher levels of production in a more scalable and flexible way, the combination of VARGO® and Fetch Robotics, under this alliance, provides a powerful and compelling fulfillment solution,” said Bart J. Cera, president and COO of VARGO®. “We are excited about our company’s formal alignment with Fetch Robotics to further deliver industry-leading, robust and expansive solutions for the challenges that e-commerce and distribution operations face.”
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.