XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), a global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, recently announced plans to deploy 5,000 intelligent robots throughout its logistics sites in North America and Europe. Designed to collaborate with humans, the robots will supplement XPO’s existing workforce and support future growth.
XPO has a strategic partnership with robotics manufacturer GreyOrange Pte. Ltd. that makes XPO the exclusive logistics provider for use of its robots in North America, the United Kingdom and eight European countries.
Bradley Jacobs, chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “We’ve developed our logistics technology to integrate the latest intelligent automation and adapt it at lightning speed. This allows us to dramatically improve fulfillment time and cut costs. The addition of 5,000 collaborative robots will make our logistics operations safer and more productive in picking, packing and sortation. These are important benefits for our customers - particularly in the e-commerce and omni-channel retail sectors, where order speed and accuracy are essential ways to compete.”
As part of a modular goods-to-person system that also includes mobile storage racks and fulfillment stations, each robot can move a rack weighing approximately 1,000 to 3,500 lbs. and bring it to a station where a worker fulfills up to 48 orders simultaneously. The entire process is controlled by XPO’s proprietary warehouse management system. By shortening order-to-shipment times and helping workers minimize walk-time and manual errors, this high-speed, flexible solution supports same-day and next-day deliveries .
XPO’s latest robotics implementation is part of the company’s planned $450 million investment in technology this year. Other recent innovations include the XPO Direct shared-space distribution network, voice integration with Amazon Echo and Google Home to track the last mile delivery of heavy goods, and the XPO Connect digital freight marketplace with multimodal infrastructure.
About XPO Logistics: XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is a top ten global logistics provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. The company operates as a highly integrated network of people, technology and physical assets in 32 countries, with 1,505 locations and more than 97,000 employees. XPO uses its network to help more than 50,000 customers manage their goods more efficiently throughout their supply chains. XPO's corporate headquarters is in Greenwich, Conn., USA, and its European headquarters is in Lyon, France.