August 25, 2022

Geodis LocusBots400x275Global transport and logistics provider GEODIS has announced an expansion of its agreement with Locus Robotics, and will deploy 1,000 LocusBots at the company’s warehouse locations worldwide over the next 24 months. The company said this represents one of the industry’s largest autonomous mobile robot (AMR) deals to date.

The two companies began partnering in 2018 at an Indiana site, allowing the third-party logistics company to implement Locus’ technology into its operations to support its workforce with the complex picking process. Since then, GEODIS said the Locus Solution has provided improvements in productivity, flexibility, and agility, while also enhancing the workplace environment for workers by reducing tedious, repetitive tasks across sites. The company said it has currently deployed Locus AMRs at 14 sites around the world, serving a wide range of retail and consumer brands, including warehouses in the U.S. and Europe. The new agreement will expand the footprint significantly as new sites are deployed, GEODIS said.

“As we continue to navigate industry-wide challenges such as skyrocketing e-commerce demand and labor constraints, it is crucial we remain committed to implementing the most innovative and effective robotics automation solutions available into our warehouses to allow us to best serve our customers,” said Eric Douglas, executive vice president of technology and engineering at GEODIS in Americas. “Locus’ collaborative multi-bot approach has proven its effectiveness and reliability at each of our sites, giving us the ability to easily scale performance while providing a safe, smart working environment for our teammates. This new expansion agreement reinforces our clear and ongoing commitment to cutting-edge technology to meet our exploding customer volumes globally.”

Locus said its robots help GEODIS e-commerce warehouses efficiently manage order picking and inventory replenishment, increasing throughput to speed delivery processes. The robots also reduce unproductive walking time, eliminate maneuvering heavy manual carts through warehouses, lower the physical demands on employees, and improve workplace ergonomics and quality.

“Locus’ built-in flexibility, scalability and fast ROI are helping GEODIS to consistently meet and exceed their global customers’ expectations,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “This strategic expansion enables GEODIS to meet the needs of today’s high-growth warehouses and we look forward to continuing to work together to drive operational efficiencies and growth.”

For more details on Locus Robotics, visit its website here.