Global sportswear brand Adidas has opened a new ‘fully automated’ distribution centre in Suzhou, China, which covers an area of 139,000m².
The site was established to process one million pieces per day and store ten million footwear and apparel items.
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for the site were supplied by warehouse automation firm Geek+, some of which were fitted with additional customisations for item location detection, improved operational safety and enabling human-machine co-working.
Harm Ohlmeyer, global chief financial officer, Adidas said, “With the establishment of this centre, Adidas aims to ramp up supply chain responsiveness, boost operational efficiency and elevate the consumer experience.
“We envision these logistics advancements to provide valuable insights for Adidas’ global expansion.”
What’s more, the mobile solutions were also optimised for handling efficiency through use of intelligent scheduling logic, which the robotics firm has claimed can increase overall efficiency and improve the work experience for site employees, thus increasing staff retention.
The two companies have a long-standing partnership, with this reportedly representing a strategic milestone in their cooperation.