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Global sportswear brand On is working to improve order fulfilment, for both its retail operations and ecommerce offering, by leveraging fleets of fully autonomous drones in its warehouses.

The technology, supplied by Swiss robotics firm Verity, enables On to have full operational visibility through smart, real-time inventory tracking, which in turn can minimise stockouts, misplacements, and shrinkage across the supply chain.

The solution, already live in On’s US facility, is used to perform fully autonomous inventory checks. Verity’s drones scan On products on a daily basis, ensuring full availability of stock for customer fulfilment.

According to the partnership, it is already improving key performance indicators (KPIs) and supporting On’s objectives as a pioneer of new, more sustainable supply chains. The technology is designed to reducing CO2 emissions linked to warehousing: Verity clients observe a reduction of 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions per warehouse each year, on average.

The collaboration’s goal is to explore new technology solutions to drive operational excellence and enhance inventory visibility, with On bringing Verity onboard with its 3PL partners.

Caspar Coppetti, co-founder and executive co-chairman at On, said: “We are excited to partner with Verity to transform our supply chain operations.

“Verity is a pioneering brand in the field of AI and robotics, and a perfect fit with On’s values of harnessing innovation for the benefit of the customer experience. By leveraging innovative technological solutions, we aim to improve our operations’ efficiency further, become a more sustainable brand, and take customer satisfaction to new heights. The collaboration of two pioneering Swiss brands can only mean an explosion of innovation!”

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