- Geek's hybrid "Pick-and-Sort" solution streamlines order processing for UK retail giant NEXT
- Over 250 Geek picking and sorting bots have been integrated together
- Geek's solution processes 16,000 units a day for NEXT's e-commerce business and 540 physical stores in Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- NEXT customers in 83 countries around the world benefit from Geek's solution with an extended order cut-off time (from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.).
Madrid, Spain, May 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Geek , the world leader in mobile robots for logistics, and NEXT, the British multinational clothing, footwear and home goods retailer, have announced the success of their collaboration of automation at NEXT's Dearne Valley Pallet logistics center. In 45,000 m2 of warehouse space, 250 Geek robots are in charge of the merchandise selection and order sorting processes for NEXT's e-commerce operations.
Faced with high demand in the volatile fashion industry, NEXT decided to streamline processes and efficiently scale its operations to meet new customer requirements. NEXT selected Geek as their robotic warehouse automation partner, which has resulted in a successful joint development of a hybrid "Pick-and-Sort" solution.
Liam Jenkinson, Head of Center at NEXT, said: "The flexibility that Geek offers is critical to our operations, and the integration between our Warehouse Management System and Geek's Robot Management System is seamless. We plan to replicate the success of this project in the warehouse as our business continues to expand"
The process begins with Geek's P800 robots picking up the pallets from the transfer area to the storage area to carry out the picking operation. Once the picking order is started, the robot transports the rack to a multifunctional work area that is used for both picking and sorting. In this way, when the collection is finished, the operator deposits the item on the sorting robot S20T. This, instantly, will transfer the item to the designated storage area that, in turn, will direct it to the lower floor for packaging. The flexibility of Geek's solution allows NEXT to handle a wide variety of products of different sizes, weights, and priorities.
With this solution, NEXT can process 16,000 units per day, twice the efficiency of manual picking, according to the company.
Brian Lee, Geek's EMEA Region Director, said: "We're proud to provide the NEXT warehouse with our smart warehouse automation solutions. We're looking forward to replicating them in more warehouses in the UK, Europe and around the world."
Geek's scalable solution enabled NEXT to handle record volume last Christmas season with no additional manpower and extend cut-off time from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. while still delivering on its next-day delivery promise. To meet its growing demand, NEXT introduced an additional 50 S20T robots earlier this year.
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