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Rhenus deploys autonomous mobile robots in HK warehouse

  • Rhenus Hong Kong has developed its first autonomous mobile robot-operated warehouse in Asia
  • This is the latest Rhenus initiative in Asia and is part of its ongoing strategy to focus on IT-driven digitalization by tapping into smart logistics to build a sustainable and robust supply chain

Logistics service provider Rhenus Hong Kong announced it has deployed with global technology company Geek+ its first autonomous mobile robot (AMR)-operated warehouse in Asia.

Rhenus Hong Kong said it will adopt Geek+’s advanced robotics and AI technologies for its warehouse in Hong Kong, noting that labor shortages are one of the impacts of COVID-19 on global supply chain operations.

The Hong Kong site will be the first smart Rhenus warehouse in Asia-Pacific, the company said in a release.

This is the latest initiative of Rhenus in Asia and is part of its ongoing strategy to focus on IT-driven digitalization by tapping into smart logistics to build a sustainable and robust supply chain.

Since 2019, Rhenus has been making strategic tech-driven investments in Greater China, especially across its warehousing business division, including automated solutions to improve the efficiency of its warehouses and operational processes. With the Geek+ solution, Rhenus Hong Kong can handle large volumes of orders, flexibly meet rapidly changing stock changing units or SKUs, and improve order-fulfillment performance, the company said.

Cliff Xu, CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean Greater China, said: “Our goal is to provide the best and most innovative logistics service to achieve faster and more flexible movement of goods, to cater to the rapid growth in e-commerce. By working closely with Geek+, we not only realise warehouse digitalisation, but also improve operational efficiency and accuracy, translating to greater cost-savings for customers in the long run.”

The warehouse will use Geek+ goods-to-person solutions. Robots will be used as part of the system to automatically bring goods to the operators, achieving 99.99% accuracy. The solution also helps maximize warehouse storage as aisle space is minimized.

One of the features of the AI-driven system is Geek+’s proprietary algorithms. They optimize order combinations and adjust the inventory layouts in real time, maximizing efficiency. In the warehouse, over 2,000 SKUs of cosmetic products are constantly arranged according to popularity and expiry date.

Lit Fung, VP and managing director for Asia-Pacific, UK and Americas at Geek+, said: “We believe that the smart warehouse upgrade is the only answer to the rapid growth of e-commerce business and growing customer expectations. We will continue to support Rhenus with tailored solutions that best fit their multi-customer business.”

Photo courtesy of Rhenus

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