INDUSTRY

3PL

Automation is no longer “Nice to Have”

Automation has gone from a “nice to have” to a “need to have.” Customer expectations continue to rise in terms of efficiency, accuracy, and speed.

The ongoing shortage of labor continues to get worse and is driving up the cost of labor. Order volumes are increasing and are more complex.

Automation is no now a strategic imperative that enables efficient operations, cost savings, improved customer satisfaction, and a competitive advantage.

Flexible Automation is Key

Customers of 3PLs can change periodically and every customer is unique, so demand can shift unexpectedly and very quickly.

Because of this, implementing flexible automation at 3PLs is much more critical than at logistics companies that own and manage their own facilities.

Flexible automation enables 3PLs to adapt to the requirements of both existing and future customers as well as redeploy automation from one customer account to another.

Most flexible automation is special purpose in nature, meaning that it can do or help with one or two tasks. What’s needed is automation that is not only flexible, but also general purpose

Humanoid Robots Provide
General Purpose Automation

While there are a thousand forms of special purpose automation that do one or two tasks, humanoid robots are the only form of automation that will be able to do thousands of tasks and be able to task switch whenever required.

Apollo was designed to work with humans and do the tasks that humans don’t want to do including heavy repetitive lifting, trailer unloading, downstacking, case picking, etc.

Keeping Up With Fluctuating Demand

Under a RaaS, Robot as a Service, model short-term rentals can be added for peak season

Multi-Tenant Distribution Centers (MD)

Multiple companies in the same facility may share the cost and benefits of robots

Brownfield & Greenfield Sites

Improve current operations with no capital requirements or changes to infrastructure