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Locus Robotics picks ‘record-breaking’ 13 million units during 2019 holiday period

Locus Robotics has broken its own record in terms of productivity numbers in November 2019. (See infographic below.)

The warehouse robot maker delivered more than 13 million units picked on behalf of global retail and third party logistics partners during the critical holiday season.

Locus says this is a 400 per cent increase in units picked over last year.

Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics, says: “2019 has been a year of significant transformation and growth for Locus and our customers. We saw an incredible uptick in demand for our scalable, flexible, multi-robot solution.

“We’ve recently launched many new customer deployments in the US and EU markets. Locus helped businesses break productivity records they couldn’t have imagined possible even a year ago.

“This performance is an amazing testament to the value of our solution and underscores the scalability of the Locus solution to help our global customers meet seasonal demand.”

The company’s robots-as-a-service model enables Locus to scale their customers’ robot populations at existing sites to support the expected rapid growth in volume during the critical holiday season.

Many customers were scaling up earlier this season compared with last year, adding to their fleets before the coming rush.

Because of these efforts, Locus says its robots enabled customers to “easily manage the steadily growing volume throughout the month”, peaking at a 1 million units per day during Cyber Week, a 400 per cent increase in picks over last year.

A record 189.6 million US consumers shopped from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, an increase of 14 percent over 2018’s 165.8 million, according to National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Locus’s collaborative robots drive productivity to ensure that brands are able to keep up with consumer demand and meet fulfillment goals during the busiest shopping days of the year, despite the widespread scarcity of warehouse labor and massive influx in order volumes during holiday months.

Customers including DHL, Geodis, Port Logistics, Verst, Sandow, Marley Lilly, and Radial are achieving 200-300 per cent improvements in productivity deploying the Locus solution.

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