Cohesio Group wins Australia’s first ever 3PL AMR project

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Bolloré Logistics has appointed Cohesio Group to implement an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) project, making it the first AMR implementation by a 3PL in Australia.

The project includes 28 AMRs developed by Chinese robotics company Geek+ in Bolloré Logistics’ Sydney warehouse, facilitating the efficient delivery of luxury goods across various brands via multiple e-commerce platforms and retail outlets across Australia and New Zealand.

The AMRs are designed to reduce space cost through increasing storage density and minimising operational costs through efficient picking and high throughput.

End-to-end data integration also ensures faster and more accurate order fulfilment, while the AMR goods-to-person solution provides higher accuracy compared to conventional picking methods.

Frederic Parent, director of logistics, Pacific region, Bolloré Logistics, said: “We’ve been impressed with the Cohesio partnership with Geek+, and the collaboration meant that we could be first in the Australian and New Zealand market to introduce this particular innovative technology.”

While a project of this nature can take several months from conception to final delivery – including proof of concept testing and onboarding the customer – Cohesio Group delivered the solution to Bolloré Logistics in four months.

Ravi Nath, head of automated solutions at Cohesio Group, said: “Payback periods can vary depending on the business environment and the operational nuances but the time frame can be significantly less than the payback period seen with fixed automation infrastructure.”

With this successful deployment, Bolloré Logistics is also the first 3PL and e-commerce distribution business in Australia to automate its operations through robotics of this nature, and the first to use robots in high-end retail goods processing.

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