GXO Logistics, one of the world’s largest contract logistics providers, has reached a multi-year global agreement with 6 River Systems, a robotic fulfillment solutions provider, to meet the demand for collaborative mobile robots – also known as autonomous mobile robots – in its logistics operations across the US and Europe.
Sandeep Sakharkar, chief information officer at GXO, says: “6 River Systems’ Chucks provide a huge boost to the retention of our team members and deliver a substantial sustained increase in operational productivity.
“This agreement fortifies our long-term partnership with 6RS, ensuring rapid deployment of popular productivity-enhancing warehouse collaborative robots that give our customers a competitive advantage.”
GXO is rapidly expanding its use of technology to meet demand for outsourcing logistics from current and new customers. Along with productivity improvements, GXO’s innovative use of technology helps recruit new team members by creating a safer and more engaging workplace.
Rylan Hamilton, co-founder and co-CEO at 6 River Systems, says: “Our extended partnership with GXO proves that our wall-to-wall fulfillment solutions provide our customers with the ability to scale their global operations.
“In less than five years, GXO has been able to utilize 6 River Systems innovations to address some of their biggest opportunities and create a trusted fulfillment ecosystem for their customers. We look forward to delivering great business outcomes to GXO with this new phase of our strategic partnership.”
Chucks help reduce training time for new team members by as much as 80 percent. The collaborative robots use sophisticated sensors to navigate and are capable of operating in multi-tier installations, directing employees to the correct inventory on multiple levels, processing more goods and maximizing available space. They also reduce walking distances for employees and speed operations such as stocking, picking and sorting items.
Third-party logistics gives the possibility for companies to outsource elements of distribution, warehousing, or fulfillment services. 73% of shippers are interacting with 3PLs on a daily or a constant basis, and 58% of shippers say they are increasing their collaboration with 3PLs.
Cloud technologies are often used by third-party logistics providers, which helps businesses to gain new features that allow for increased warehouse visibility, reach regulatory compliances, which is sometimes the top challenges facing warehousing.