Global software and mobile robotics provider, GreyOrange has patented technology which allows companies to achieve high-yield omnichannel fulfilment, as well as maximising facility space.
Artificial intelligence within GreyOrange’s GreyMatter software assesses demand characteristics of each inventory item.
GreyMatter understands inventory placement in stores and optimises the packing and routing of store replenishment orders according to each store’s preference, reducing the time and labor required to move inventory from back-room receiving to available for purchase on a store shelf or other store location (on a pallet in an aisle, for example).
Algorithms then consider optimal replenishment delivery routes, inventory needs, and placement preferences by store, inventory delivery format (individual items, cases or pallets), and capacities of the containers or trolleys used to transport replenishment inventory.
One or more autonomous robots also place or retrieve from multiple floors or mezzanines in a distribution centre inventory housed in mobile storage units, coordinating travel paths with elevators or lifts.
Akash Gupta, chief technology officer at GreyOrange explains that these technologies can offer customers significant advantages in optimising fulfilment, especially in the face of sudden and dramatic market shifts.
He said: “COVID-19 has illuminated how crucial operational flexibility and intelligence-driven fulfilment prioritisation is in managing through market disruptions.
“Using AI-driven software combined with smart robots to maximise efficiency and better serve customers is an effective way companies can extend their advantage, especially when competitors are struggling to adapt.”
Gupta concludes: “Those with robot-assisted and AI-informed systems are at an even greater advantage as they can augment performance and throughput even when operating short-staffed, giving DCs the flexibility they need to keep up shifting demands.”