Staples has rolled out a robotic material handling solution for its fulfillment centers powered by Great Star Industrial USA.
The technology can pick items with high cubic velocity and low cubic velocity, Staples noted. Unlike other systems in the market today, the automated robotic storage and retrieval system incorporates two types of automated guided vehicles into a unified system that brings both high and low cubic velocity items to a single pick and pack station. It is said to require less capital investment than traditional material handling systems while increasing productivity and picking accuracy.
“With Staples and Great Star each leveraging their strengths in design, engineering, and supply chain operations, we’ve rapidly gone from concept to production with a robotic solution that is truly ground breaking,” said Mike Bhaskaran, Staples chief supply chain officer. “It incorporates concepts that have never been used before. In addition to rolling it out across the Staples’ network of fulfillment centers, we’re excited for its potential applications beyond these facilities.”