Locus Robotics Inc., a provider of autonomous mobile robots (AMR) for fulfillment warehouses, announced enhancements to its mezzanine management capability. These enhancements are designed to deliver highly optimized order picking management for multi-level mezzanines and vertical warehouses for increased productivity, flexibility and maximum throughput.
“Locus’ mezzanine management capabilities enable operators to have optimal control over order management and worker productivity, regardless of the number of levels in their warehouse,” says Sean Johnson, CTO at Locus Robotics. “Our solution optimizes each workflow for throughput and productivity with smart, in-level pick clustering and by directing associates to pick and pass orders to the next level in the most efficient sequence.”
As order volumes continue to skyrocket, warehouse operators have quickly outgrown floor space in today’s fulfillment and distribution warehouses. To stay ahead of demand, many warehouse operators are choosing to go vertical vs. building new buildings. However, efficiently managing workflow and personnel in multi-level operations has become a management challenge. Locus currently operates in several major mezzanine installations in the U.S. and Europe and is seeing significant growth in operators “going vertical.”
“Nearly 30,000 warehouses will be added over the next five years to help with the ongoing shifts in consumer buying trends and changing supply chains. But that alone will not be enough to cope with growing SKU counts and retailers’ desire for better stock availability,” said Ash Sharma, senior research director at Interact Analysis. “This mezzanine-style approach is finding strong adoption around the world as a way to easily provide additional warehouse capacity at existing facilities.”
About Locus Robotics
Locus Robotics' revolutionary, multi-bot solution incorporates powerful and intelligent autonomous mobile robots that operate collaboratively with human workers to dramatically improve piece-handling productivity 2–3x, with less labor compared to traditional piece handling systems. This solution helps retailers, 3PLs and specialty warehouses efficiently meet and exceed the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of fulfillment environments, easily integrating into existing warehouse infrastructures without disrupting workflows, instantly transforming productivity without transforming the warehouse. In 2021 Locus Robotics joined the Inc. 500, ranking number 428.
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