inVia Robotics Inc., which provides warehouse automation for e-commerce, yesterday announced that Cargo Cove Fulfillment has chosen inVia's optimization software to accelerate digital transformation in its facility in Jacksonville, Fla.
Cargo Cove will take a phased approach to automation. First, it will first deploy inVia PickMate to direct workers along the most efficient routes through the warehouse to take products from inventory to pack out.
Later this year, Cargo Cove will add inVia Picker autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to augment existing labor and further increase productivity and accuracy rates.
Cargo Cove is a full-service logistics company, providing everything from same-day fulfillment to reverse logistics. The rapid rise in e-commerce, which was growing 12% a year before COVID-19 and is now forecast to add nearly $100 billion more than previous estimates every year through 2023, has created unprecedented demand for third-party logistics (3PL). It has accelerated Cargo Cove's initiative to use technology like inVia's to provide comprehensive analytics and maximized efficiency to its e-commerce customers.
Southern California-based inVia Robotics was founded in 2015 and offers goods-to-person systems in a Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) model.
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inVia Logic's proprietary algorithms are designed to determine the optimal placement of inventory and dynamic labor assignments. Artificial intelligence is used to map a customer's warehouse and calculate the most efficient paths for moving goods through the fulfillment process, as well as the ideal worker to perform each task.
Workers will use inVia PickMate's interface on existing handhelds to be directed step-by-step on these paths to accurately pick products to order bins. This ensures full resource utilization and is expected to double productivity over manual processes, said inVia.
“inVia's system will double Cargo Cove's warehouse workers' productivity with the introduction of inVia PickMate and then quadruple productivity with the addition of inVia Picker robots,” stated Lior Elazary, co-founder and CEO of inVia Robotics. “Our phased approach is ideal for 3PLs, letting them adopt new technology at their own pace across their brands and incrementally increase efficiencies over time.”
inVia said its RaaS model will allow Cargo Cove to pay only for the services it is using in each phase, keeping investment targeted and delivering faster return on investment (ROI). Adding modules such as inVia Picker robot automation will be seamless and bypass any need for additional integration with a warehouse management system, said the company.
“It's critical that we continually incorporate the latest warehouse innovation into our operation. It gives us a competitive edge because it gives our customers one,” said Robert McFaul, CEO of Cargo Cove. “We wanted smart technology that could optimize our buildings and our people so we can keep our pledge to simplify and automate for our customers. inVia was an easy choice. They simplify and automate for us.”