Geek+ has deployed 100 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) at one of Asia’s largest smart warehouses for grocery delivery.
According to Geek+, the introduction of AMRs at Circle K’s distribution centre in Hong Kong represents the commitment of both companies to build supply chain resilience using technology.
The 140,000 sq. ft distribution centre handles the deliveries of more than 300 Circle K convenience stores in Hong Kong, serving over 600,000 customers daily. With large volumes bound for different destinations and a wide selection of products ranging from small everyday items to food and cold goods, Circle K Hong Kong wanted to automate its warehouse and streamline large-scale logistics processes.
Using Geek+ AMRs, Circle K aims to ensure the effective daily handling of over one million products. The AMRs will automate many tasks traditionally performed by warehouse employees, such as finding and moving goods around the warehouse.
The partnership said the solution creates a safer work environment for employees while improving overall employee productivity.
Driven by intelligent software and QR-code technology, the network of robots will flexibly move racks of ordered goods from a designated area for inventory to employees positioned at workstations, where they will finalise the picking process guided by the interface.
Furthermore, the AMRs are designed to improve the overall picking accuracy and efficiency. The flexibility of movable robot-compatible racking, combined with the ability to choose the optimal route and organise inventory densely according to real-time demand, will improve space utilisation and bring more flexible supply chain operations. AMRs can also operate 24/7 to better support periods of high throughput demand.
Lit Fung, VP of Geek+ APAC, UK and Americas, said: “We are excited to see our system support Circle K with the accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility needed to serve its wide network of convenience stores.
“Our AI-driven robotics system enables digitalisation for streamlining warehouse operations, which helps our customers improve competitiveness in an ever-changing environment.”