September 27, 2022
Locus Robotics, which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for fulfillment warehouses, has announced the expansion of their partnership with DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics group within Deutsche Post DHL Group. The extended partnership includes the deployment of Locus’ AMRs at DHL’s Canal Winchester and Lockbourne, Ohio, fulfillment centers to support high-volume order fulfillment for Carhartt, a global clothing retailer customer.
“Locus’s growing relationship with DHL Supply Chain further emphasizes the increasing demand for warehouse automation to support fast-growing retail brands such as Carhartt,” said Rick Faulk, CEO, Locus Robotics. “Locus’s flexibility, seamless scalability, and fast ROI has been a proven approach that enables DHL to consistently meet and exceed their customers’ expectations, especially as we head into the peak season.”
DHL Supply Chain said its ongoing implementation of Locus’s innovative AMR technology ensures that DHL fulfillment center operations are optimized to meet rapidly increasing volumes and seasonal peaks, while also helping to control operating and labor costs. Locus said its LocusBots optimize worker productivity in the order fulfillment process by decreasing walking time and improving worker ergonomics and workplace quality.
“Implementing Locus has quickly proven to be an ideal choice to deliver high productivity, letting us fulfill orders at a record pace,” said Tony Gariety, vice president of distribution operations at Carhartt. “Locus’s ease of use and fast training has also helped us with recruiting and retaining employees and seasonal workers. So, all the way around, there are some real competitive advantages.”
Since 2017, DHL Supply Chain North America and Locus Robotics have partnered to support piece-picking order fulfillment in warehouses for a range of retail and healthcare brands. LocusBots navigate autonomously through the warehouse and collaborate with associates to improve order picking productivity and throughput efficiency. They can be flexibly and seamlessly deployed as demand changes, supporting a diverse range of picking strategies and workflows.
“As the supply chain and logistics industry has rapidly transformed, we have developed an accelerated digitization program, which aims to identify, nurture and deploy innovative technology solutions at scale,” said Tim Dolcich, director of engineering at DHL Supply Chain. Locus has been a trusted partner in providing solutions that challenge how we do business and improve customer outcomes.”
For more information on Locus Robotics, visit its website here.