GXO successfully pilots robotic 3D sortation system, an industry first in Europe

Trezzo sull’Adda, Italy  |  juli 11, 2023

Modular and scalable robotic solution reduces sorting errors, increases throughput 3x, and improves efficiency and order traceability

Trial installation anticipates larger deployment of this technology at the site

GXO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: GXO), the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider, today announced the successful deployment of GRS (Global Robotics Services) robots in a 3D sortation system. The installation in Stradella, Italy, the first of its kind in Europe, exemplifies the company’s industry-leading position in technology.

“GXO invested in a pilot program using robotic sortation technology to increase productivity, accuracy and operational efficiency for one of our major fashion industry customers,” said Alessandro Renzo, Managing Director, Italy and Switzerland, GXO. “We are constantly looking for and testing innovative technologies to meet our customers’ rapidly evolving needs, and we expect a successful trial to lead to a larger installation at the site.”

The robotic sortation solution from GRS (Global Robotics Services) can be implemented quickly and easily — typically in weeks as opposed to months for alternative sortation technologies. The robotics as a service model, or RaaS, makes it an efficient tool for managing spikes in demand, such as during peak holiday season, and dramatically reduces the need for customers’ capital spending and the long lead times required for other solutions. GXO is currently successfully operating this technology at a state-of-the-art facility in the U.S.

The 30-day pilot program took place at a GXO facility in Stradella, Italy, that houses an ecommerce operation. The installation took just one week, and more than a dozen 3D sortation robots were programmed to feed 30 trolleys with more than 450 destination bins. The robots achieved a throughput of 1,200 units per hour — over 3x the speed of the previous solution — and could be further scaled to achieve a significantly higher throughput. The pilot also optimized workforce hours related to the sorting process, reduced sorting errors and increased the traceability of orders.

GXO designs and operates the most advanced warehouse solutions in the world. Technology is a core competitive advantage for GXO, enabling it to add value to its customers’ end-to-end operations in terms of cost, efficiency, accuracy and environmental impact. GXO leads the industry in automation, generating roughly 30% of its revenue from automated solutions, versus the industry average of 8%. In the first quarter of 2023, GXO set a new record for operational tech deployment, increasing total tech and automated solutions by 64% year over year.  To see the GRS cobots at work, please click Klik hier.

Over GXO Logistics

GXO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: GXO) is 's werelds grootste leverancier van contractlogistiek die profiteert van de snelle groei van e-commerce, automatisering en outsourcing. GXO streeft ernaar een gevarieerde werkplek van wereldklasse te bieden aan meer dan 135.000 teamleden op meer dan 970 magazijnlocaties met een totale oppervlakte van ongeveer 200 miljoen vierkante meter. Het bedrijf werkt samen met 's werelds toonaangevende blue-chip bedrijven om complexe logistieke uitdagingen op te lossen met technologisch geavanceerde supply chain en e-commerce oplossingen, op schaal en met snelheid. Het hoofdkantoor van GXO is gevestigd in Greenwich, Conn., VS. Bezoek voor meer informatie en neem contact op met GXO op LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram en YouTube.

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