Cohesio Group delivers Australia’s first ever 3PL robotics project

Bolloré Logistics has appointed Cohesio Group to implement an Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) project, making it the first ever AMR implementation by a 3PL in Australia.

The project includes 28 AMR in Bolloré Logistics’ Sydney warehouse, facilitating the efficient delivery of luxury goods across various brands via multiple e-commerce platforms and retail outlets across Australia and New Zealand.

The AMR project reduces space cost through increasing storage density and minimising the operational cost through its efficient picking and high throughput. The end-to-end data integration ensures faster and more accurate order fulfilment. With numerous luxury brands housed in a single location, and each brand having a unique product range, an error-proof system is vital. The AMR goods-to-person solution ensures higher accuracy compared to conventional picking methods.

“We chose Cohesio for its unparalleled reputation in innovative solutions in general, and more specifically for AMR solutions,” said Frederic Parent, Bolloré Logistics Director of Logistics, Pacific Region. “We’ve been impressed with the Cohesio partnership with Chinese robotics & AI providers, Geek+, and the collaboration meant that we could be first in the Australian and New Zealand market to introduce this particular innovative technology.”

“With a compelling offering in the marketplace, efficiency in the order-fulfilment process ensured lower operating costs for Bolloré Logistics’ clients. Typically a project of this nature can take several months from conception to final delivery. This includes proof of concept testing and on-boarding the customer. But we were able to halve that time frame and deliver in four months, a feat of which we are very proud,” Tim Baracz, Cohesio Group’s Sales Director said.

“Bolloré Logistics is successfully integrating the AMRs into their warehouse processes. We are thrilled to see the company take the initiative with this type of technology. Payback periods can vary depending on the business environment and the operational nuances but the time frame can be significantly less than the payback period seen with fixed automation infrastructure,” said Ravi Nath, Head of Automated Solutions at Cohesio Group said.

With this successful deployment for AMR with Bolloré Logistics the team can put its name to another first – the first 3PL and e-commerce distribution business in Australia to automate its operations through robotics of this nature, and the first to use robots in high-end retail goods processing.

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