GEODIS invests in mobile robots for HK facility

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Transport and logistics provider GEODIS is deploying Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) from Geek+, a global technology company, at its Yuen Long Warehouse Distribution Centre (YLDC) in Hong Kong. Geek+ specialises in smart logistics through advanced robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

Aside from boosting GEODIS’ smart logistics portfolio it also meets the rising demands for agility and accuracy amidst soaring demand in the eCommerce, retail and FMCG segments, the company says.

The Yuen Long facility will be provided with an exclusive AMR operating area with QR coding to guide automated operations with GEODIS saying the move will accelerate its shift towards digitalisation.

Onno Boots, regional president & CEO, Asia Pacific said: “Our investments in this AI-driven automation system brings substantial value to GEODIS’ eCommerce and retail customers by addressing some of the key challenges they face today.

“These solutions not only bring long-term cost-savings, operational efficiencies, and safety, but also enable us to maintain high-quality control standards while providing customers greater speed and flexibility of movement of goods.”

GEODIS’ initial project AMR deployment features customised storage racks and shelves that do not require aisles in between while parked. This high-density storage buffer allows GEODIS to maximise its storage capacity for improved customer fulfillment processes.

The Geek+ robots will be used for locating, tracking, and moving inventory through ‘Goods-to-Person Picking’ solutions. This method allows orders to be delivered directly to pick and pack stations, eliminating any movement time needed by operators to search for items.

In addition to improved real estate utilisation, AMR adoption minimises manual labour and reduces the risk of human error—improving picking accuracy and reducing inventory count errors. The use of AMR will also mitigate some of the challenges brought on by COVID-19, such as social distancing protocols in warehouses.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates GEODIS’ continued commitment to innovation and its momentum in addressing the increasingly complex production and challenges in the Hong Kong Contract Logistics (HKCL) landscape in the last two years,” Chris Cahill, managing director, North Asia Sub-Region said.

“In the long run, digital solutions and technologies like robotics and AI give us more data and insights so we can continue to finesse our operations to fulfill the needs of our customers.”

The announcement also reflects Geek+’s determination to support companies worldwide with technologies that can streamline operations, transforming the global supply chain to address increasingly complex logistics challenges, said Lit Fung, VP and managing director of Geek+ APAC, UK and Americas.

“We will continue help GEODIS better manage changes in demand, quickly scale in line with business growth, and provide customers with better products and service capabilities.”

GEODIS has around 250 autonomous mobile robots at various locations around the world.

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