Promoting the use of automated warehousing solutions in order to provide shippers with even better services: this is the aim of the recently established cooperative venture between DB Schenker Americas and IAM Robotics, a company specializing in intelligent, autonomous material handling solutions in logistics and manufacturing. Specifically, the focus is on robots that are capable of both picking up and transporting goods – and on how they can profitably be deployed in a warehouse operation.
The partners in this project envision that the benefits of the kind of rapid, smart workflows made possible by solutions such as these will eventually go to providers of e-commerce services: an industry where the precision handling of large quantities in the shortest possible time is the be-all and end-all. At the same time, the increasing degree of automation in warehouses should also help compensate for the global shortage of skilled labor.
“By bringing these two powerful forces together, we can challenge one another and come up with solutions that literally take warehousing to the next level,” said John Stikes, DB Schenker America’s Director of Innovation and E-Commerce, in commenting on the relationship between the two partners. Joel Reed, CEO at IAM Robotics, added: “This is the goal that the entire logistics industry is working toward – fully flexible distribution solutions and models that allow organizations to be responsive to the accelerated pace of change.”