Robotics driving acceleration in Better Simpler Cheaper
Retailers are increasingly using Robotics to perform simple tasks and make the customer experience Better, Simpler, Cheaper for their customers
Walmart is using Robots from Bossanova in 50 of its USA stores to autonomously move around the aisles and, using a combination of image recognition and RFID to check inventory labels, enabling planogram compliance across the store. The robots can also read labels, detect if they are in the right position, as well as check they are showing the correct price. This is a bold move to remove tedious tasks for colleagues, replacing them to do more added value activity.
Ocado is continuing to invest in Robotics in its warehousing capability. The fleet of robots in its new distribution site can now put together a 50 item order in 5 minutes, compared with the two hours that it previously took. The robotics have also increased the capacity fulfilling as many orders per hour as a warehouse three times the size, increase the range , reduce the waste levels to less than 1% vs industry average 4-5%.
These innovations mean that customers get a better service, it’s Simpler for colleagues and it’s Cheaper for the retailer which means they can make products cheaper for customers.