HAI ROBOTICS Touts U.K. ACR Win
November 29, 2021
By leveraging an autonomous case-handling robotics (ACR)
system, the project has helped sellers localize its overseas e-commerce
businesses and shorten delivery time to end users.
ROBOTICS touted its first project in the U.K. with Chinese cross-border
warehouse operator WINIT a success as deliveries for holiday shopping
parcels are about to knock on the door.
The project provides 120,000 storage locations with shelving height of
4.3 meters in a 10,000-sqm warehouse in Tamworth, Staffordshire. By
deploying 100 HAIPICK A42 robots and 16 On-conveyor Picking Workstations
in the warehouse, goods-handling efficiency is improved three to four
folds than manual work with a daily handling volume of up to 50,000
The warehouse owner WINIT is a Shanghai-based provider of overall
solutions for cross-border e-commerce and runs overseas warehousing and
distribution services in Australia, the U.S. and in several European
countries. With the project going live, it saw its warehouse throughput
spiked, comfortably accommodating the inrushing order-fulfillment
requests for cross-border warehousing and logistics from merchants
around the world, driven by the online shopping boom since the Covid-19
Demands for global warehousing service has dramatically surged with the
flourishing cross-border e-commerce businesses in recent. Custom
statistics indicate that in 2020, Chinese cross-border trade volume
amounted to RMB1.69 trillion, rising 31.1% from the previous year and
the figure is estimated to go up to RMB16 trillion in 2021. By 2020, the
number of overseas warehouses owned by Chinese operators exceeded 1,800,
totaling more than 12 million square meters in land area.
However, cross-border warehouse operators are often confronted with some
hard nuts to crack.
To start with, a major issue that has been constantly vexing warehouse
owner who operates overseas is staffing shortage and rising hiring cost
for local laborers. They also found it a headache to maintain a stable
workforce in their warehouses, which are often located near commercial
hubs in industrialized countries, even with above-average level wages.
Automating their warehouses has become a pressing issue.
The second challenge is the huge number of SKUs owned by different
merchants, which could range from consumer electronics to baby toys. The
fact has raised concerns of storage density and picking efficiency. To
meet consumers' growing demands for short parcels delivery time,
furnishing a warehouse with robots that can handle complex
order-fulfillment tasks can be a rewarding decision.
Last but not the least, a flexible warehousing solution that can be
swiftly deployed weighs heavily for cross-border warehouse owners whose
growing businesses can't wait for too long.
who found no shortcuts to address those concerns, found the HAI
ROBOTICS' solution a good match for the needs of high storage density,
goods-handling accuracy, operation efficiency and flexibility.
With the HAIPICK A42 robot that allows picking and sorting with eight
loads in one movement, one worker can handle 450 pieces of goods per
hour, which is three to four times faster than manual work. The solution
has also improved storage density by 130% with spaces from
0.25m-to-6.5m-high being fully utilized. The HAIPICK system, which
supports intelligent totes identification and labels reading, boasts
99.99% picking and sorting accuracy.
Kane Luo, Vice President of Sales from HAI ROBOTICS, said that
customized plan was made for the project to improve performance,
including elevated storage density and innovative workflows to
facilitate necessary manual work. "We were primarily obliged to provide
ACR system. However, we've taken into consideration the whole process
from inbounds to packaging of outbound goods. The workstations were also
ergonomically redesigned according to overseas standards," he said.