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GXO Logistics, a pure-play contract logistics provider, announced a multi-year, global agreement with 6 River Systems to use the company’s autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in its logistics operations across the U.S. and Europe.
The AMRs, which are called Chuck, can aid in all put-away, picking, counting, replenishment and sorting tasks. Chuck has a payload of up to 200 lb. and can run 24/7 with its charging technology. The robot doesn’t need any wires, cables or stickers to navigate, which means they can be put into any warehouse without adding new infrastructure. It can move on all kinds of warehouse floors, including rack-supported mezzanine.
“6 River Systems’ Chucks provide a huge boost to the retention of our team members and deliver a substantial sustained increase in operational productivity,” Sandeep Sakharkar, Chief Information Officer at GXO, said. “This agreement fortifies our long-term partnership with 6RS, ensuring rapid deployment of popular productivity-enhancing warehouse collaborative robots that give our customers a competitive advantage.”
GXO is looking to expand its technology use to meet demands for outsourcing logistics from current and new customers. By adding 6 River’s robots to its operations, GXO reduces the walking distances for employees by having the robots shuttle items across warehouses, and speeds up operations.
“Our extended partnership with GXO proves that our wall-to-wall fulfillment solutions provide our customers with the ability to scale their global operations,” Rylan Hamilton, co-founder and co-CEO at 6 River Systems, said. “In less than five years, GXO has been able to utilize 6 River Systems innovations to address some of their biggest opportunities and create a trusted fulfillment ecosystem for their customers. We look forward to delivering great business outcomes to GXO with this new phase of our strategic partnership.”
GXO currently runs more than 900 facilities in 28 countries totaling around 200 million square feet. 6 River Systems provides fulfillment solutions to make warehouses faster and more flexible. The company aims to help logistics providers use every inch of their facilities, optimize labor and prioritize scalability. It was founded by Hamilton, Jerome Dubois and Chris Cacioppo in 2015.