September 15, 2022
Locus Robotics, which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for fulfillment warehouses, has announced that its robots have surpassed 1 billion units picked. The company said it achieved this milestone 59 days after it registered 900 million units picked.
“Reaching our One Billion pick milestone underscores the critical business value that Locus’s proven technology brings to our customers around the world, every day,” said Rick Faulk, CEO, Locus Robotics. “The need for cost-efficient robotics automation is a must-have as e-commerce volumes continue to increase and the labor shortages persist. Locus is proud to help our customers efficiently meet this challenge with robust, enterprise-scale automation solutions that position them for success today and in the future.”
The Massachusetts-based company said it took 1,542 days for its robots to pick its first 100 million units, while only 59 days for the last 100 million picks. In the course of their lifetime, LocusBots have traveled more than 17 million miles in customer warehouses, which is the equivalent of more than 670 times around the Earth, or 35 round trips to the Moon.
Locus said its solution has been deployed at more than 200 sites around the world, with as many as 500 LocusBots per site. Locus deployments include large-scale greenfield and brownfield sites, and multi-level mezzanine installations.
The billionth pick was made at a major home improvement retailer warehouse in Florida, and the item picked was a cordless rotary tool kit. The milestone pick was made just milliseconds ahead of two other picks: a scented candle from a homegoods warehouse in Ohio, and a running jacket from a major global fitness and shoe brand in Pennsylvania. The rapid succession of the three picks underscores the high order processing volume taking place at Locus-deployed locations around the world, the company said.
“This latest milestone demonstrates both the incredible growth that Locus Robotics and the AMR industry have achieved, and also proves the feasibility of retailers and logistics companies’ relying on robotic picking technology” said Ash Sharma, Senior Research Director at Interact Analysis. “One billion picks is an incredible milestone and is testament to Locus Robotics’ innovation and vision over the past few years.”
As more shoppers continue to buy online, and as businesses prepare for what is expected to be another record-breaking holiday season, Locus said retailers and fulfillment warehouse operators are increasingly turning to AMRs to meet growing demand and mitigate labor shortages to avoid the risk of losing valuable customers.
The company’s robotics fulfillment solution enables brands, retailers, and third-party logistics (3PL) operators to easily meet higher order volumes and increasing consumer demand for e-commerce, retail, omnichannel, and manufacturing order fulfillment. Locus helps global customers, including CEVA, DHL, Boots UK, GEODIS, Whiplash, Saddle Creek, Quiet 3PF, Radial, and others, to double and triple their fulfillment productivity, lowering labor recruitment, training, and retention costs and improving workplace ergonomics.
For more details on Locus Robotics, visit its website here.