inVia Robotics has been awarded this year’s Top Supply Chain Projects Award by Supply & Demand Chain Executive. inVia’s AI Automation System increased productivity by 1,000% and reduced labor needs by 60% for a leading entertainment merchandise 3PL.
The Top Supply Chain Projects Award spotlights successful and innovative transformation projects that deliver bottom-line value to enterprises across various supply chain functions. inVia’s true robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) model received an award for transforming the distribution center of an entertainment merchandise third-party logistics provider (3PL). By implementing inVia’s comprehensive warehouse execution system (WES) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), the 3PL was able to increase productivity rates 10 times, boosting pick rates from 30 UPH to 334 UPH.
Fulfillment automation increases productivity by 10x
The entertainment merchandise 3PL was using completely manual processes, and the warehouse team was picking at an average rate of 30 UPH before they partnered with inVia. The inVia Robotics project entailed using artificial intelligence (AI) to better organize storage and movement of inventory, providing tools that would help employees be more productive and using robots to automate picking and replenishment tasks to save on labor costs. After using the software alone for 3 months and seeing doubled pick rates, the 3PL added inVia PickerWall using a fleet of 42 inVia Picker autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to leverage the strengths of robots on one side of a daily put/pick wall and the strengths of people on the other side.
“It’s an honor to receive this recognition and award as we continue to work with warehouses of all sizes to improve their daily throughput,” said Lior Elazary, CEO and Co-Founder of inVia. “As we work with leading 3PLs in the industry, we recognize that digitizing and automating their warehouses with minimal disruption to existing operations is key. We’re proud to be able to help our customers keep pace with e-commerce demand, and in turn, be recognized by the industry.”
inVia PickMate improved both efficiency and accuracy rates
Additionally, workers used inVia PickMate productivity tools on existing handheld devices to receive intuitive, step-by-step instructions to complete fulfillment tasks. Eliminating the need for additional training time, inVia PickMate boosted both efficiency and accuracy rates immediately. This coupled with automating goods retrieval and replenishment led to a 60% reduction in labor needs.
“The past 18 months have been a tumultuous time for U.S. supply chains,” said Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics. “But, the core reason today’s supply chains haven’t completely fallen apart is because solutions providers have been working diligently to partner with customers and clients to streamline processes, implement emerging technology and deliver results that improve bottom lines and the environment. For many of these collaborations, it’s about achieving full visibility, complete forecasting, end-to-end leverage and the ultimate in sustainability.”
To view the full list of this year’s Top Supply Chain Project winners visit https://sdce.me/5s59mx.