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GEODIS to Deploy Exotec Skypod System at eLogistics Site

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September 15, 2021

GEODIS, a global transport and logistics provider, has announced a partnership with systems integrator Advanced Handling Systems (AHS) that will implement Exotec’s Skypod System into an eLogistics site in Nashville, Tenn. The robotic system will let GEODIS optimize its e-commerce fulfillment process on behalf of emerging direct-to-consumer customers.

The Exotec Skypod System is an agile and high-performance automated goods-to-person solution for retailers and e-commerce providers. The system uses mobile robots that can move in three dimensions and reach heights of 36 feet to enable efficient, high-density inventory storage. The system will be implemented at GEODIS’ new automated eLogistics facility in Nashville, scheduled to go live in Q1 2022.

“eLogistics is an important strategic initiative for our company, and collaborating with our long-term partners at AHS in new technology with Exotec will be a winning formula for our exciting new product,” said Eric Douglas, executive vice president of technology and engineering at GEODIS in Americas. “By implementing the Exotec Skypod System into our GEODIS eLogistics site, we can enable an even faster shipping experience for our customers as e-commerce continues to drive demand.”

Exotec said it continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market with customers like Gap, Ariat International and Comoto Holdings recently adopting the Skypod system. The Skypod uses laser scanning navigation and software to increase warehouse throughput by up to five times with a two-minute response time for all SKUs. The system aims to improve working conditions and foster more sustainable warehouse productivity by reducing highly repetitive, physically intensive tasks like walking, lifting and bending.

Why this matters

This deal is a good validation that the Exotec system can help e-commerce fulfillment tasks, and that logistics providers like GEODIS are committed to filling customer orders faster than before.

“AHS has been working with GEODIS for several years, and has formed a strategic partnership to provide groundbreaking solutions to assist the company with best-in-class offerings,” said Chuck Frank, president of AHS. “The AHS team is committed to being on the cutting edge of technology and expanding its market share by investing in the training, deployment and post go-live support of trending technologies.”

AHS said it will complete the installation of the system into the GEODIS facility with guidance from Exotec’s execution team. Both AHS and GEODIS collaborated on the construction build for the eLogistics site so it can be easily expanded, with plans to double its initial size in the future.

“As we continue to see a significant increase in direct-to-consumer e-commerce brands today, GEODIS remains dedicated to providing cutting-edge technology solutions that will best meet our customers’ unique needs when it comes to enabling fast and flexible operations,” said Drew Bailey, senior director of design engineering at GEODIS.

For more details on the GEODIS eLogistics offerings, visit its website here. For more details on the Exotec Skypod System, visit this AHS website.

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