Kerry Logistics Deploys Robots to Meet e-Commerce Demands

Kerry Logistics, a leading logistics service provider in Asia, has introduced six fully automated and programmed robotic butlers at its flagship facility PC3 in Hong Kong to meet the ever-growing consumer demands in online shopping. Kerry Logistics is one of the first 3PLs in Asia to adopt robotic butlers in its operations to enhance fulfillment efficiency and accuracy.

Robotic butlers are expected to speed up processes at Kerry Logistics’ fulfillment center  -  courtesy KL
Robotic butlers are expected to speed up processes at Kerry Logistics’ fulfillment center - courtesy KL

In a statement, Kerry Logistics said the robots “speed-to‐market order fulfillment is the key to success in the retail industry. The process of picking products is at the heart of e-Commerce operations, where high volumes of small and irregular orders predominate.”
The robotic butlers are being deployed in Kerry Logistics’ order fulfillment centre, where sales orders from retailers and e-commerce marketplaces are processed. Real-time orders are transmitted to the robots via Kerry Logistics’ proprietary warehouse management system (WMS).

Robots beat performance of human workers
Designated shelves are then delivered to the pick station. A simple lighting indicates which items to include in shipments, with every item tracked via barcodes.
The robotic butlers operate 24 hours a day, and can pick 280 items per hour, compared to 50 items by traditional modes, Kerry Logistics said. This solution is ideal for retail brands which sell a wide variety of consumer products, the statement added.
Kerry Logistics predominantly operates across Asia, where it has more than 550 offices in 40 countries and territories.

Nol van Fenema

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