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Geek+ provides smart automation to Dr.Max’s e-commerce warehouse

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Geek+, the global leader in autonomous mobile robots, has brought smart automation to Dr.Max’s e-commerce warehouse in Bucharest, which handles more than 25 000 SKUs monthly. The goods-to-person robots have vastly increased Dr.Max’s efficiency and storage capacity, while delivering order fulfillment accuracy of over 99%.

Dr.Max’s e-commerce platform is among the top 10 websites in Romania, measured by number of unique visitors, and offers a wide variety of OTC products, cosmetics, medical devices, food supplements, dermato-cosmetics, mother & baby products, diet and nutritional products, and natural remedies. With the help of nearly one hundred Geek+ autonomous mobile robots that can process orders 24/7, Dr.Max increases the order processing capacity and thus efficiently responds to the needs of online patients, especially in peak e-commerce order seasons. The flexibility to add more robots to keep up with Dr.Max’s growing e-commerce business was a key factor in the decision to automate with Geek+’s solutions.

The Geek+ Picking System uses AMRs to bring the products ordered from storage locations to picking stations, where operators package the goods and send them to Dr.Max’s patients. The algorithms and software place as many orders in each batch moved from storage as possible, keeping special orders to a minimum, and also takes into account the expiration date of goods, a key step in reducing waste.

Brian Lee, Managing Director of Europe at Geek+, said: ”Dr.Max is a key player in the pharmaceutical industry across central and eastern Europe, and we are very pleased to support them. The past couple years have driven home how important access to medical supplies is, and we are very proud that Geek+ technology is able to make such a direct impact on people’s quality of life.”

Sorin David, Supply Chain Director at A&D Pharma – Dr.Max Group, said: “As part of our group’s development strategy, we continue to make long term investments in the logistics infrastructure in order to respond efficiently to the needs of our patients. The technology provided by our partner Geek+ allows us to have a more accurate overview of our work processes. We are glad to have Geek+ as our trustworthy partner.”

Dr.Max is expecting rapid growth to continue over the coming years, and Geek+ will continue to support their progress with further applications of advanced AMR technology. Geek+’s robots are just beginning to assist in the provision of critical medicines and supplies to people around the world.

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Maersk uses Verity’s warehouse drones for better inventory management

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Warehouse inventory management is one of the most important barometers for supply chain flow, financial cost exposure and business decision-making. It is also one of the most difficult, repetitive and tedious tasks to perform consistently in warehouses, with quality of data often questioned and requiring workers to work at heights.

“As a supply chain integrator, we are constantly looking for new innovations and engineering solutions in our warehouse operations. We wanted to deploy a safer, more accurate, data-driven inventory solution that addressed our decarbonization goals for customers and prevented our workforce from working at heights. Verity’s system has delivered data accuracy, safety and speed which makes our warehouse management system stronger, faster and more effective for customer decision-making.” said Erez Agmoni, Senior Vice President of Innovation & Strategic Growth for Maersk North America.

Verity’s warehouse drones navigate from pallet to pallet, collecting accurate inventory data in three dimensions by scanning barcodes at any height using onboard, high resolution cameras. The system requires one day of operator training, and the electric powered drones return to the battery charging pad when necessary, operating on nights or weekends and without overhead lighting turned on. The drones take photos of SKUs on pallets to identify inventory errors, such as missing or misplaced pallets. Once the data is collected, the system compares the findings with data stored in the warehouse management system and then distills that information into critical insights delivered directly to users via the user dashboard. The results are cloud-based, shareable and provide actionable warehouse data that offers better analytics for supply chain leaders.

“We view the Verity solution as an important differentiator to make our customers more competitive through higher quality, faster inventory data, ” added Mr. Agmoni.

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Topps Tiles optimises its fleet delivery capabilities with Descartes’ solution

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Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Topps Tiles, the leading U.K. tile retailer, is optimising its fleet delivery capabilities with Descartes’ cloud-based route planning and optimisation solution. By working with Descartes, Topps Tiles is decreasing the average kilometers driven per delivery route by two percent and gaining a better understanding of the potential impact of changes to its delivery strategies.

“With over 300 stores nationwide in the U.K., we’re continuously evaluating how to maintain a high degree of customer service while reducing operational costs, especially today’s high transportation costs,” said Simon Macdonald, National Transport Manager, Topps Tiles. “Working with Descartes, we’ve replaced manual, spreadsheet-based processes with automated route planning to optimise the volume of tiles being delivered at any given time, as well as the routes our vehicles are travelling. Descartes’ strategic route modelling capabilities are also enabling us to model delivery scenarios and make more informed strategic decisions, which would have been nearly impossible with traditional resource-intensive analytical methods.”

Part of its Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite, Descartes’ route planning and optimisation solution helps brands, retailers and logistics providers reduce costs with more agile and efficient routing, improve fleet resource management by generating additional delivery capacity and become more sustainable through the reduction of their CO2 footprint and their use of paper across the route network. The strategic route modelling capabilities allow companies to understand and optimize their delivery and customer service strategies before having to execute them. Descartes’ mobile application helps drivers perform their daily routes, keeps managers aware of the progress and provides an accurate estimated-time-of-arrival to notify customers of their deliveries. Proof of delivery capabilities support customer service excellence and order accuracy through real-time mobile communication.

“Topps Tiles’ long-term success is based upon its ability to continually provide customers with a superior shopping experience while offering cost competitive pricing,” said Pól Sweeney, VP Fleet Sales in Europe at Descartes. “We’re delighted to help Topps Tiles minimize its operational costs today through our route planning and optimisation solution and in the future with our strategic route modelling capabilities.”

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NYK and Ghelia enter into a business and capital alliance agreement

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Nippon Yusen Kaisha and GHELIA INC. have entered into a business and capital alliance agreement that comes with an investment by NYK in Ghelia. The two companies will collaborate on R&D for autonomous ships, avoidance navigation, etc., as well as promote DX by introducing Ghelia’s AI technologies to business processes in NYK’s sales divisions, corporate divisions, and the like.

Background

The shipping industry has recently seen a number of requests involving the development and design of digital engineering and digital twins, the establishment of fully autonomous ship systems, and technological innovation such as next-generation energy for decarbonization. The same can be said for ensuring safety throughout the process of vessel operation.

Under these circumstances, the NYK Group has been strengthening its initiatives in the technological field related to next-generation ships. At the same time, Ghelia has been developing a wider and deeper range of technologies — such as AI in edge terminals, deep reinforcement learning, image data processing, and natural language processing — and crafting them into products and services. In fact, since its foundation, Ghelia has been leading the expansion of social implementation of AI by providing a wider range of AI solutions to customers in various industries, thus allowing customers to improve profitability and work efficiency.

In this era of open collaboration in technology development, the two companies have entered into a business and capital alliance agreement to build a strategic partnership.

In accordance with this alliance agreement, NYK and Ghelia will work to realize AI technologies at NYK. In the future, both companies will try to create and utilize advanced, practical AI services, aiming at leading the global shipping industry and contributing to further expansion of the industry.

Details of alliance agreement

1) Collaborate by utilizing each company’s strong presence and management resources to develop new services and products

  • Strengthening of next-generation technology, such as the development methods and design of digital engineering and digital twins
  • Development and design of, and the establishment of, fully autonomous ship systems, in addition to technological innovation such as
  • next-generation energy for decarbonization
  • Technological innovation for next-generation ships, such as autonomous ships and ships with new energies
  • Strengthening of technology for safety throughout the shipping process
  • Improvement of work efficiency in offices by introducing AI technologies

2) Co-creation of business value by utilizing data and know-how earned through (1) above

3) Collaboration in marketing, PR, and sales of services that will be developed by the partnership

4) Promotion of research of several technologies and human resource education through personnel exchanges

Hideki Suzuki, executive officer of NYK commented, “We are convinced that this capital and business alliance with Ghelia, which has been providing AI solutions to a wide variety of customers through the company’s strength in AI development and deep reinforcement learning, will hugely contribute to further technological development in the shipping industry and the promotion of business DX through the utilization of AI. In the future, we expect to not only practically utilize AI technologies in NYK but also work on creating new value by providing AI services that lead the shipping industry.”

Makoto Saito, president and CEO of Ghelia said, “We are very glad to conclude the business alliance agreement with NYK and for its capital participation. We are confident that this alliance will mark another step forward in Ghelia’s mission of “Striving for symbiosis of humanity and AI.” Ghelia, which was founded at Sony CSL, has been working with key players in various industries as a cross-border AI solution vendor, to implement AI solutions in customers’ business operations. Through this alliance with NYK, a pioneer and a leader in the shipping industry, we will lead the practical application of AI solutions in the shipping industry, where digitization and implementation of AI are urgently needed on a global level. Together with NYK, we will promote the transformation of this industry.”

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