A recent Logistics Manager article reported that analysts forecast more than four million robots will be installed in over 50,000 warehouses by 2025, up from just 4,000 warehouses in 2018.
It’s important for Realtime Despatch to keep an eye on what might happen in our sector over the next few years, which is why MD Charlie Armor recently met with the Fox Robotics team to exchange ideas on how robots might be used in B2C fulfilment environments.
Fox Robotics, based in Camberley, Surrey, is a start-up developing an innovative family of autonomous mobile robots for use in a number of sectors including warehousing and logistics. The company reached out to Realtime Despatch to see if the team there would be interested in an informal collaboration, where the two businesses could share their specialist knowledge and experience as a way to support their customers’ future needs.
“Our meeting provided a great introduction into an area that will clearly become increasingly relevant to our customers in the next decade,” says Charlie. “The Fox team gave us a really useful insight into what is possible and how robot devices can interact with warehouse staff and allow them to work more effectively. In turn, we tried to highlight the practical challenges and needs of a fast moving B2C operation.”
“We were hugely impressed by Realtime Despatch’s in-depth knowledge of the world of 3PLs and B2C fulfilment,” continues Henry Acevedo, Fox Robotics’ CEO/CTO. “The OrderFlow platform has clearly brought customers great improvements: increasing picking rates, freeing space and lowering costs. Charlie and his team were very welcoming and open to exploring with us how autonomous mobile robots could potentially offer further benefits. We were hugely encouraged to have met a partner we can work with in this way.”
After this successful first meeting, both companies have been keen to progress with this mutually beneficial exercise and arranged for the Fox Robotics and Realtime Despatch technical teams to get together to discuss ways in which the two environments might integrate with one another.