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Locus Robotics reaches picking milestone of 250 million units in warehouses

Locus Robotics, a provider of autonomous mobile robots for fulfillment warehouses, says that it has now passed the 250 million units picked volume level heading into the 2020 holiday peak season.

Locus robots now pick more than 10,000 units every 15 minutes, a 263 percent increase in units picked compared with the same period last year.

Locus’s 250 million pick milestone reflects the rapidly growing volumes at customer sites throughout this pandemic-impacted year, with some customers’ daily orders often reaching Black Friday levels.

Across the installed base, Locus is now regularly exceeding volume levels of 1 million picks per day.

Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics, says: “Our extraordinary productivity stats underscore the critical value Locus brings to our partners around the world who are facing rising volumes and limited labor availability.

“With the pandemic, the 2020 holiday season is presenting challenges to fulfillment businesses everywhere.

“As consumers purchase – and return – many goods online, our ability to support both picking and putaway delivers tremendous flexibility and value to our customers, while providing the significant productivity improvements they demand.”

In addition to enhancing productivity, the Locus solution helps to enforce social distancing health safety measures by minimizing worker-to-worker interaction in warehouse environments, significantly reducing worker absences and attrition.

Adam Coventry, head of warehousing, Boots UK, says: “Our ongoing work using robotics in our warehouses, and our partnership with Locus continues to be important to the success of our e-commerce business, ensuring that our fulfillment center operations are optimized even in the face of seasonal peaks and Covid-19.”

Coincident with reaching this new volume milestone, Locus also marks its fifth birthday this month. Over that time, Locus has seen significant acceleration of adoption and scale within its growing customer base.

Locus Robotics’ industry-leading robotics fulfillment solution enables brands, retailers, and third-party logistics operators to easily meet higher order volumes and increasing consumer demand for e-commerce, retail, omnichannel, and manufacturing order fulfillment.

Global customers – including CEVA, DHL, Boots UK, Geodis, Port Logistics Group, Verst Logistics, Radial, and others – are doubling or tripling their fulfillment productivity while lowering labor recruitment, training, and retention costs.

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