Lambert Vet Supply, a distributor of veterinary supplies in the US, has expanded its long-standing partnership with Körber by signing an agreement to deploy 24 autonomous mobile robots by Locus Robotics throughout its newly partnered warehouse network in Dothan, Alabama at Jeffers Pet Supply.
The software-driven robotics solution seamlessly integrates with Lambert’s existing K.Motion Warehouse Management System to drive both efficiency and workplace improvements.
Tammy Schmidt, VP/COO, Lambert Veterinary Supply, says: “We are experiencing record growth in both our consumer and professional pet-care e-commerce segments while navigating unprecedented and unpredictable labor challenges.
“Being able to seamlessly integrate and ramp up and down, the Robots as a Service provides us with the needed flexibility and scalability to meet our growing e-commerce customer demand while maintaining a smaller dependable team of warehouse associates and reducing onboarding of new warehouse associates to minutes from weeks.”
The Körber led Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) allows for high scalability to keep capacities available and adapts quickly to peak periods.
Moreover, the solution has empowered Lambert to account not only for improvements in efficiency and productivity but workplace improvements for employee health and safety.
That includes minimal training for warehouse associates, ease of use through intuitive user interfaces, and a significant reduction of walking distance by approximately 50 percent.
Thereby, Körber’s solution contributes to a safer and more ergonomic environment for all warehouse associates by minimizing exhaustion, stress, and the risk of injury-prone activities such as loading and pushing carts.
John Santagate, vice president of robotics software, Körber Business Area Supply Chain, says: “Being a long-standing Körber partner and understanding our capability in delivering complete end-to-end software, robotics, and operational solutions, Lambert looked to us when it was time to take the next step in their warehouse digitization journey.
“The subscription-based model is ideal for Lambert as it provides a fast, cost-effective, flexible, and scalable robotic solution that will drive operational efficiency – next to making great strides to take account of their associates’ health, safety and wellbeing.”