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Locus Says its Robots Picked 120M Units during Holiday 2021

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February 2, 2022

Locus Robotics, which develops autonomous mobile robots for fulfillment warehouses, has announced that its robots picked a record-breaking 120 million units globally on behalf of its retail and third-party logistics (3PL) partners. The company said this represents a 71% increase over the number picked during the 2020 holiday season. On average, the company’s LocusBots picked more than 2.1 million units daily amidst supply chain delays, labor shortages, and possible product outages.

“Retailers started peak season earlier this year in an effort to flatten the traditional, highly concentrated order volume and mitigate ongoing labor availability challenges,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “Locus AMRs helped our warehouse and logistics partners double their productivity to meet the exploding order volume, while using their existing labor force, to speed up order cycle time and lower labor costs.”

Highlights of the 2021 Peak Season included the following insights:

  • The holiday shopping period began earlier. Locus said while CyberWeek only saw a moderate increase in 2021 versus previous years, this was likely caused by retailers starting sales events as early as late September.
  • Online shopping is here to stay – customers continue to be more comfortable ordering online, due to convenience and ease of use.
  • Mobile shopping is becoming the method of choice – more than 40% of all orders were via mobile apps.
  • The labor shortage is still a concern. Recruiting and retaining workers continues to be a problem across physical store retailers, warehouses and transportation companies.

The company added that it passed the 650 million pick milestone, with more than 380 million picks in 2021. Locus said it expects to reach its 1 billionth pick later this year.

For more details about Locus Robotics and its systems, visit its website here.


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