Berkshire Grey, a maker of robotic solutions for warehouses, has been selected by Bealls, an apparel and home merchandise retailer, to automate its supply chain.
Berkshire Grey says its robotic automation systems will handle expanding merchandise categories and fulfill orders quicker for Bealls, and the AI-enabled systems will help increase the processing capacity and throughput needed to meet “surging customer demand”.
Headquartered in Bradenton, Florida since 1915, Bealls is a family-owned corporation that operates more than 525 retail stores nationwide.
By implementing Berkshire Grey’s robotic systems with the capability to pick, sort, and pack over 55 million units annually, Bealls can not only meet, but exceed, heightened customer demand and expectations for apparel, footwear, accessories, and home items.
As a retailer in highly competitive markets, Bealls is growing its core business while facing the same labor challenges as the rest of the retail ecosystem. Berkshire Grey systems will enable Bealls existing workforce to speed up store replenishment helping to continue that growth.
Dan Love, president of Bealls support group, says: “By implementing Berkshire Grey’s AI-enabled robotic solutions, we can better support our stores with quicker inventory shipments that drive sales while at the same time support our warehouse associates with innovative automation that makes their work more fulfilling.
“Berkshire Grey takes a very different approach to automation than we’ve seen from other suppliers. BG invested the time necessary to understand our business, our operating environments, and our culture. We are confident Berkshire Grey will deliver a flexible scalable solution that will make an immediate positive impact on our distribution operations.”
Tom Wagner, founder and CEO at Berkshire Grey, says: “Bealls is innovating across their supply chain while ensuring what they implement is the right fit for their business, their operations, and their associates.
“By bringing AI-enabled robotic automation into its operations, Bealls is further cementing itself as a retail leader and successfully positioning the company for continued growth in the years to come.”