Japanese beauty and cosmetics company Pola Orbis has introduced autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) into one of its warehouses to streamline operational workflows and support inventory management.
The company has more than 100 cosmetics stores for which it needs to replenish stock, each with hundreds of stock keeping units (SKUs) to manage.
Pola Orbis implemented a custom AMR solution with built-in weighing scales designed to cater to the warehouse’s specific operational requirements and alleviate some of the problems associated with manual picking processes.
The tailored AMRs were provided by warehouse automation company ForwardX Robotics.
What’s more, the weighing scales are powered by the AMRs themselves, according to ForwardX, which eliminates the need for manual recharging.
The company added that the weight of the goods can also be verified by the robots during the picking process to ensure a picking accuracy of 99.99% with an uptime of more than 99.9%.
A statement from the cosmetics firm reported a 30% reduction in worker travel distance after the robots were deployed, in addition to a 25% reduction in labour costs and a 10% decrease in ‘logistics costs’.
Other major benefits highlighted by Pola Orbis included improvements to sustainability, enhanced order fulfilment precision, minimised transportation downtime and heightened productivity throughout warehouse operations.