Asian third-party logistics (3PL) service provider Lotte Global Logistics (Lotte) has introduced LiBiao Robotics’ parcel-sorting technology at its e-fulfilment site in Seoul, South Korea.
The facility will undergo a phased upgrade, with this first phase being to invest in automation to ensure the site can cater for the growing e-commerce needs of Lotte’s clients.
The company added that Asia’s online fashion market is expected to be worth approximately US$600bn (£471.3bn) by 2025, meaning it needs to increase its order fulfilment capacity.
The second phase is set to begin shortly, with the autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) from LiBiao reportedly costing significantly less than typical conveyor solutions for parcel sorting.
LiBiao’s Tsort bots are designed to be energy efficient and can automatically transfer a variety of products and package configurations to the designated divert chute or induction station.
The Tsort system also occupies a smaller floorspace that its conveyor equivalent, LiBiao added.
The system can be modified, with the addition or removal of robots, as well as the introduction of more chutes and/or induction stations as necessary.
As a solution, it was developed to be modular, to allow customers to relocate it easily, meaning 3PLs can, in theory, adapt their operations to meet the frequently changing needs of their clients ‘as and when required with minimal disruption to the business’.