Dundee sports retailer invests in AutoStore robots

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British football kit supplier Direct Soccer has installed the first AutoStore robotic solution in Scotland as part of the company’s warehouse expansion.

The sports retailer is investing £1.9m in its Dundee factory and said it aims to improve warehouse operations through automation.

Direct Soccer director Joyce Gibson said: “Covid-19 has proved a challenge during 2020 with social distancing and safety measures having an impact on fulfilment speed as we focused on putting health, quality and safety first whilst processing orders.

“However, measures were put in place swiftly to minimise the impact on our business allowing us to push forward with our expansion plans during a very turbulent year.”

Direct Soccer said it is now targeting more club, individual and public sector customers at home and globally. This follows a move away from stores to online business resulting in the expansion of its industrial unit.

According to the teamware company, it will also create 25 jobs supported by a Regional Selective Assistance grant of £450,000 from Scottish Enterprise. The investment programme will be used to increase the capacity of the business over the next three years.

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