Geek+ has partnered with Asda Logistics Services, and AMH Materials Handling to increase operational efficiencies at Asda’s distribution centre in South Elmsall, West Yorkshire.
Sixty robots have been placed into the supermarket’s distribution centre, allowing 2,000 parcels to be sorted each hour with 99.99% accuracy through its Asda ‘Toyou’ service.
The installation marks the first time the technology has been used in this way in the UK, supporting an increase in capacity for Asda’s services as demand for parcel collection and returns services has grown over the last 12 months.
The project was implemented by AMH Material Handling, and Geek+. By integrating S20C robots into the existing ALS sorting system, it has provided Asda Toyou the ability to respond to rapid changes in order volume and continue to provide services during periods of peak demand.
Lit Fung, VP and Managing Director of Geek+ APAC, UK and Americas said: “We’re proud to see AMH leverage our sorting system to support a leading retailer like Asda with the flexibility and efficiency needed to expand its Asda Toyou business.
“The process for intelligent sorting is pretty straightforward. By letting a network of AMRs transfer incoming parcels from workstations to cages of corresponding destinations, we can improve accuracy and efficiency while also making the process more ergonomic for warehouse employees.”
Adrian Carter, Sales Director at AMH Material Handling added: “[The service] provides us a powerful tool for optimising sorting operations according to the specific needs of each customer. And, as an integrator, AI-enabled robotics solutions add a new dimension to our services as it allows us to continuously support our customers according to changes in business needs.”