Supply chain automation provider Berkshire Grey Inc. today announced that it recently secured new orders of $36 million. That amount included $25 million in repeat orders from an anchor customer and $11 million from new customers such as retailer Bealls Inc. The Bedford, Mass.-based company said its total orders to date have reached $184 million and its backlog has increased to $113 million, its highest level yet.
The $25 million order represents yet another follow-on order for tens of systems to be installed in different locations, according to Berkshire Grey, which said it anticipates future orders for many more locations. The company added that its customers include Global 100 retailers and logistics service providers.
“Follow-on orders with blue-chip anchor customers are important indicators and align today’s progress with our long-term growth plans,” said Tom Wagner, founder and CEO of Berkshire Grey. “Our robotic picking and other automated systems are customer-proven, with demonstrated ROI [return on investment]. That, combined with today’s need for automation across the supply chain, continue to fuel business. We are excited by both our progress this year and that it aligns with our long-term growth trajectory.”
Berkshire Grey automates fulfillment
Berkshire Grey said its “intelligent enterprise” robots enable enterprises to meet consumer expectations for on-demand delivery through automation of e-commerce fulfillment, store replenishment, and package handling. Combining proprietary artificial intelligence, software, and patented hardware, the company said it provides the following:
- AI-enabled picking
- AI-enabled mobility
- System orchestration
- Cloud monitoring and analytics
- Professional services including manufacturing, installation, commissioning, maintenance, software updates, and operation
Bealls looks to speed up replenishment
Berkshire Grey also announced that Bealls Inc. has chosed its automation to handle expanding merchandise categories and fulfill orders more quickly. It said its AI-enabled systems will help Bealls increase processing capacity and throughput to meet surging customer demand.
Founded in 1915, Bealls is a family-owned corporation that operates more than 525 stores across the U.S. Bradenton, Fla.-based Bealls sells apparel, footwear, accessories, and home merchandise and is working to grow its core business while facing the same labor challenges as the rest of the retail ecosystem.
Berkshire Grey said its robots will help pick, sort, and pack over 55 million units annually. This will enable Bealls' existing workforce to speed up replenishment and not only meet, but also exceed heightened customer expectations, said the company.
“By implementing Berkshire Grey’s AI-enabled robotic solutions, we can better support our stores with quicker inventory shipments that drive sales, while at the same time support our warehouse associates with innovative automation that makes their work more fulfilling,” said Dan Love, president of Bealls Support Group. “Berkshire Grey takes a very different approach to automation than we’ve seen from other suppliers.
“BG invested the time necessary to understand our business, our operating environments, and our culture,” he said. “We are confident Berkshire Grey will deliver a flexible scalable solution that will make an immediate positive impact on our distribution operations.”
“Bealls is innovating across their supply chain while ensuring what they implement is the right fit for their business, their operations, and their associates,” said Wagner. “By bringing AI-enabled robotic automation into its operations, Bealls is further cementing itself as a retail leader and successfully positioning the company for continued growth in the years to come.”
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