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Geek+ provides 82 robots to C-StoreMaster’s new $20 million distribution warehouse in Huntsville, Alabama

Geek+ has provided 82 autonomous mobile robots for C-StoreMaster’s new $20 million distribution warehouse in Huntsville, Alabama, in the US.

C-StoreMaster officially opened its 130,000-square-foot automated warehouse recently with a celebration attended by leaders in the convenience store industry and the city of Huntsville.

To honor the warehouse opening and C-StoreMaster’s dedication to advancing technology in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed December 8 as Technology Innovation Day.

The new warehouse has created 30 jobs as C-StoreMaster rapidly expands distribution throughout the country.

Sharan Kalva, C-StoreMaster president, says: “To bring the first multi-level shuttle system of its kind in the country to Huntsville is a great accomplishment for our team.

“Innovation has always been at the forefront of our business and with this new warehouse, C-StoreMaster is set up for success for years to come.”

C-StoreMaster partnered with Geek+ to incorporate three automation technologies in the new warehouse, improving picking accuracy to 99.99 percent. The robotic solutions include Geek+’s flagship P800 goods-to-person picking robots as well as its award-winning Roboshuttle.

Rick DeFiesta, executive vice president of sales and solutions at Geek+, says: “By implementing the robotic system, C-StoreMaster has increased their picking productivity by three to four times.

“As the company continues to experience impressive growth, our cutting-edge system will help them provide even faster service for their customers.”

When designing the warehouse, C-StoreMaster kept employees top of mind. The robotic solutions eliminate the need to walk long distances or lift heavy goods for order fulfillment.

Additionally, the warehouse includes areas that foster a great work environment to empower employees. A workout area, pool table, air hockey, walking track and a bean-to-cup coffee offering are available to meet employees’ needs and show them they’re a priority for the company to invest in.

Specializing in the tobacco and beverage categories, C-StoreMaster services 4,500+ independent c-stores and 6,000+ chain stores throughout the country.

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