DHL Supply Chain To Use Collaborative Robots For Innovative Order Fulfillment Pilot

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — DHL Supply Chain, the Americas’ leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced that it will begin a pilot test using a collaborative, autonomous robotics solution within the life sciences sector at a facility in Tennessee in the next two months. The robots, called LocusBots from Locus Robotics, will be tested as a picker companion for piece picking order fulfillment in the warehouse. 

LocusBots work collaboratively and safely alongside warehouse staff, helping to quickly locate and transport pick items, so pickers don’t have to push carts or carry bins. 

“We believe it’s critical to identify and implement these types of advanced technology solutions in the warehouse so we can seamlessly improve our customers’ supply chains,” said Adrian Kumar, Vice President of Solutions Design, DHL Supply Chain North America. “DHL Supply Chain’s initial implementation of this pilot program within the life sciences sector will inform the potential for broader deployment across different parts of our business. This is a natural evolution of our robotics program.” 

The pilot rollout will utilize different picking strategies with the LocusBots in the warehouse. It will also assess the robot’s ability to communicate with the picker and the warehouse management system, how it navigates the warehouse, and its overall versatility. The autonomous robot solution is expected to connect seamlessly within DHL Supply Chain’s existing warehouse infrastructure. 

“It’s especially gratifying to see the extent to which our offering is proving its worth in a wide range of warehouse environments,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “We’ve designed an easy-to-deploy, highly scalable solution that can improve the operating metrics for mid-size clients, as well as global powerhouses. We’re excited to partner with DHL Supply Chain on this initial deployment.” 

For more information about DHL Supply Chain’s solutions, please visit www.DHL-USA.com/supplychain

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Media Contacts: 

Nicole Porter 

DHL Supply Chain 

Phone: 614-865-8437 

E-mail: nicole.porter@dhl.com 

Gretchen Torres 

Fahlgren Mortine 

Phone: 614-383-1629 

E-mail: gretchen.torres@fahlgren.com 

DHL  The logistics company for the world 

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”. 

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016. 

Media Contact:Gretchen Torres, Fahlgren Mortine, 6143831629, gretchen.torres@fahlgren.com

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SOURCE DHL Supply Chain

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