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Online retailer Tobi installs inVia Robotics technology in its Reno warehouse

Online fashion retailer Tobi has installed robots in its supply chain to speed up the processing of orders.

inVia Robotics, the provider of warehouse automation solutions supplying Tobi, says the e-commerce company has chosen its picker robots and its cloud-based Robotics-as-a-Service management system to optimize fulfillment in its warehouse in Reno, Nevada, US.

The highly competitive e-commerce retail space continues rapid growth, with US retail e-commerce sales increasing by 14.3 percent in just one year, according to inVia. 

Companies are having to innovate to keep up with the evolving demands of consumers, including expectations for next day delivery.

This pressure is especially high for fast fashion e-commerce retailers, which experience rapid market changes due to seasonality, sales and trends.

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As an online fast fashion retailer, Tobi needed an automated system that would immediately add efficiency and accuracy to its warehouse operations and evolve with the company.

inVia Robotics’ solution enables Tobi to boost warehouse productivity and fulfillment without disrupting warehouse operations to provide Tobi with a competitive advantage.

Kenneth Chan, founder and CEO of Tobi, says: “We strive to exceed customers’ expectations with every facet of our business from selection to price and even delivery.

“We found that in order to compete and continue to wow our customers we needed automation to deliver. inVia provided the best solution to increase order efficiency and accuracy.

“The robotics expertise the inVia team has brought into our operations has been one of the most valuable aspects of the deployment.

“They have treated our business like it’s theirs and let us dedicate our resources to our core competency of delivering fast fashion to our customers.”

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The inVia Picker works collaboratively with people in the Tobi warehouse to skillfully pick and move clothing and accessories, automating the storage and retrieval process and freeing workers to focus on less repetitive tasks.

The robots are directed by the Robotics Management System that analyzes the company’s warehouse to optimize workflows and increase throughput.

The system’s advanced AI algorithms adapt to fluctuations in demand and adjust robot warehouse mapping to create a more efficient process.

inVia’s holistic platform seamlessly integrates with any existing layout and software, and it’s Robotics-as-a-Service model lets customers see an immediate ROI.

As a part of inVia’s discovery process, which includes thousands of simulations conducted by the engineering team, Tobi is expected to double its throughput rate.

Lior Elazary, founder and CEO of inVia Robotics, says: “Warehouse automation is a competitive advantage for e-commerce retailers operating in a crowded space.

“inVia’s innovative AI-powered technology will optimize picking and cycle counting for Tobi and automate repetitive warehouse tasks, so their people can focus on delighting their customers.

“We’re excited to partner with Tobi to create more meaningful work experiences for their employees and consistent satisfaction for their customers.”