DeliveryX World sponsor Locus Robotics sat down with Katie Searles to explain how mobile robots and innovative software improves order fulfilment by making it faster, more productive and generates savings.
What does your company do and what is your USP?
Locus Robotics is the world leader in revolutionary, enterprise-level, warehouse automation solutions, incorporating powerful and intelligent autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that operate collaboratively with human workers to dramatically improve product movement and productivity 2–3X. Named to the Inc. 500 three years in a row, and winning over 25 industry and technology awards, the Locus solution dramatically increases order fulfilment productivity, lowers operational costs, and improves workplace quality, safety, and ergonomics for workers.
How do you deliver on this USP?
Supporting more than 120+ of the world’s top brands and deployed at nearly 300 sites around the world, Locus Robotics enables retailers, 3PLs and specialty warehouses to efficiently meet and exceed the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of today’s fulfilment environments.
What retailer needs do you fulfil? And which retailers do you work with?
We support retailers in their warehouse operations. Locus’ autonomous mobile robots and innovative software improve order fulfilment by making it faster, more productive and generating savings.
Some of the retailers that we work with in the UK and Ireland include United Drug, Boots and John Lewis to name a few, we also work with many 3PLs that are supporting retailers across the UK.
How are you using emerging technologies to support retail growth?
As you would expect from a robotics business, we are very focused on staying on the cutting edge of technology. Take AI as an example, we’ve been using AI in our LocusOne software for some time already, allowing us to drive even better performance from our systems. We’re constantly looking at what’s next so that our robots and our software can evolve and deliver even better results for our customers.
What do you see as challenges for the supply chain and logistics sector over the coming years? How are you prepared to meet those challenges?
We believe that many of the challenges that we have today will to different degrees continue into the future: managing peaks in demand, uncertain labour availability, unforeseen global events. What’s encouraging is that the logistics industry as a whole has demonstrated a real ability to manage through these challenges. Within Locus, we believe that the flexibility and scalability of our solution and our team positions us very well to support our customers and their businesses.
Locus Robotics In Brief
Founders: Bruce Welty and Mike Johnson.
Founding date: 2015
HQ: European headquarters for Locus are in Amsterdam.
No of employees: 454