Tompkins Robotics, GreyOrange Partner for “Zero Walk” Fulfillment

April 15, 2021

Tompkins Robotics started a strategic partnership with GreyOrange to offer a new “zero walk” solution which eliminates all walking previously required by human pickers in the distribution center while dramatically increasing order pick rates. By integrating Tompkins Robotics’ tSortTM with GreyOrange’s RangerTM Goods-to-Person (GTP) system, a warehouse pick station operator can fill hundreds of orders simultaneously and safely from a single picking station. The efficiency driven by the solution allows companies to fulfill 10 times the ecommerce order volumes that are achieved with other traditional automated picking solutions.

“This ‘zero walk’ collaboration takes ecommerce order fulfillment to pick rates never seen before by the retail industry,” said John Seidl, Retail Consulting Partner at GreyOrange. “With this new joint solution, ecommerce retailers can achieve picks rates exceeding 500 to 1,000 units per hour while also providing a more ergonomic work environment for associates, helping them attract and retain the best people. It’s really the perfect solution for all retail segments.”

The efficiency and productivity achieved from this collaboration is a direct result of the ergonomics produced by pairing GreyOrange’s Ranger GTP system, which brings inventory to warehouse associates at a picking station, with the Tompkins Robotics’ tSort, a modular and flexible sorting solution that travels freely to deliver picked inventory for packing. The “zero walk” effect this solution creates is a desirable alternative to traditional and other solutions that require human associates to walk a large warehouse picking area to access a broad assortment of SKUs, then walk to a put wall to sort the SKUs to orders for packing. Integrating these solutions through GreyOrange GreyMatterTM software, the intelligence and decision-making engine powering and connecting the robots, creates a solution that completely eliminates time-consuming and labor-intensive walking for associates. Retailers can fulfill thousands of orders faster, increasing customer satisfaction and while also significantly improving the work environment for associates.

By adopting this joint solution along with automated packing, retailers can create an end-to-end fully automated solution.

“This partnership demonstrates that Tompkins Robotics and GreyOrange are expanding to deliver the leadership and expertise their clients need to transform their businesses for the future,” said Mike Futch, CEO and President, Tompkins Robotics. “From solution detailing to implementation and collaboration on specific projects, the GreyOrange and Tompkins Robotics teams work to provide their partners with business, technical, sales and marketing resources to enable them to grow their business and better support their customers.”

This software integration between the GreyOrange GreyMatter AI solution and the Tompkins Robotics WES is the key to making the joint solution work. Tight integration is essential for businesses whose growth, like Tompkins Robotics and GreyOrange, has been fueled in the past year by the massive increase in online orders due to the pandemic.

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