October 7, 2021

GEODIS Bastian AutoStore400x275Transport and logistics provider GEODIS has announced a partnership with integrator Bastian Solutions to implement an AutoStore system into a new fulfillment site for a leading clothing retailer. The $48 million material handling equipment deal will deliver the highest throughput documented of an AutoStore system globally to support the retailer’s omnichannel capabilities, including e-commerce and more than 1,000 physical stores across the U.S.

AutoStore develops goods-to-person automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), in which bins are stacked vertically in a grid and retrieved by robots that travel on the top layer of the system. This allows the grid to be placed around columns and on mezzanines and multiple levels in a warehouse or fulfillment center. AutoStore said the condensed grid-style system increases storage capacity up to four times in the same footprint, and performance up to 10 times without adding workers.

“GEODIS’ strategic partnership with Bastian Solutions and AutoStore will provide us even greater efficiencies and added capacity as we continue to navigate ongoing industry challenges on behalf of our clients, such as swiftly changing consumer buying patterns and labor shortages,” said Rob Thyen, senior vice president of engineering and facilities at GEODIS in Americas. “By investing in technology such as the AutoStore system, we can ensure we are supporting our clients’ future growth and exceeding their expectations.

GEODIS said it estimates it will move up to 270,000 order lines per day in service of both retail store and direct-to-consumer channels, making this AutoStore system the highest throughput in the world. The company said it will use the system to facilitate fulfillment for its customer’s retail and e-commerce channels to deliver omnichannel solutions. The company will also use the AutoStore technology to expedite e-commerce returns. The new 400,000-square-foot facility will also include robotic piece picking with five robotic arms, automated packing and carton closing, and more. The companies said construction for the site is expected to begin in January 2022 and complete in November 2022.

“It has been a pleasure working with the  GEODIS team,” said Marvin Logan, vice president of solution delivery at Bastian Solutions. “We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the necessary advantage to remain competitive – especially as the retail and e-commerce markets continue to change drastically. With this system, GEODIS will be well-equipped to meet demand, thanks to the advanced automation in this new omnichannel facility.”

Bastian Solutions is one of AutoStore’s leading partners. The new project will mark the second AutoStore system that Bastian implemented on behalf of GEODIS. Construction is currently underway for an AutoStore system at an automated fulfillment site on behalf of a top pet product retailer, which is expected to be completed in November 2021.

“It’s an exciting time for retailers, especially given the substantial increase in e-commerce orders that we have seen over the past 18 months, said Paul Roy, North American general manager at AutoStore. “We’ve always aimed to provide an autonomous robotic solution that empowers our customers to fully leverage their warehouse operations to ensure an efficient, reliable and sustainable supply chain. Now, in partnership with GEODIS and Bastian Solutions, we’re proud to continue empowering retailers with a system that delivers the highest throughput globally.”