Dexory today announced that it has partnered with Linkline Transport to use robots to collect and deliver data in real time to improve operational visibility and efficiency at its warehouse in Kettering, U.K.
“Dexory is really excited to have Linkline on board and really seeing the value of data-driven technology for their operations,” said Oana Jinga, co-founder and chief commercial officer of Dexory, in a release. “Integrating DexoryView into their Kettering warehouse will allow them to unlock greater efficiencies and proactively prevent any errors resulting from stock inaccuracy, delivering on the best point of service for both themselves and their customers.”
The three founders of Dexory were schoolmates in Romania who moved to the U.K. a decade ago after acquiring experience across engineering and technology roles at Formula 1, Google, and IBM. The London-based company said it uses autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and artificial intelligence to provide data for insights into warehouse operations.
DexoryView uses modular robots
Dexory said its modular AMRs can measure, track, and find goods across facilities without disrupting workflows. They feed the data into digital twins, allowing warehouses and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to quickly respond to the challenges they face daily, it said.
The company claimed that its system addresses the urgent need for improved space utilisation and increased efficiencies by combining analytics with robots to capture rich image and sensor data.
“This powerful combination provides comprehensive and actionable visibility across warehouses of any size, as well as connecting warehouses across the global supply chain through Dexory’s digital platform, DexoryView,” it said.
Introduced in January, DexoryView uses a data-collection robot that Dexory said is the tallest of its kind. In June, the company raised $19 million in Series A funding.
Linkline to share Dextor's progress
Operating from Northamptonshire for more than 25 years, Linkline said it offers a comprehensive range of logistics services across the U.K. and Europe. With more than 50 vehicles, raning from small vans to articulated trucks, as well as five warehouses across the county, the Wellingborough, U.K.-based 3PL said it can satisfy the most complex and challenging client needs.
Linkline, which works with customers in markets such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), already uses various automated systems. The company credited strong partnerships and strategic investments for making it the region’s fastest-growing privately owned logistics company in 2020.
Linkline plans to introduce its data-collection robot from Dexory, dubbed “Dextor,” to its Kettering site next week. Dextor will then operate every night, scanning the full 250,000-sq.-ft. warehouse.
It will integrate into day-to-day warehouse operations and work alongside the operations and warehouse teams, said the company. Linkline will show Dextor's progress on the Linkline Transport LinkedIn page during this first week.
“We’re hugely excited to start putting Dextor to use in our warehouses,” said James Bowes, chairman of Linkline. “We’re always looking at technological solutions to drive more value for our customers, and Dextor will do just that.”
“We anticipate strong time savings for our warehouse operators who currently have to manually stock-check at regular intervals throughout the week, whereas now, this process will be completed at night by Dextor,” he said.
Linkline said it will build a new hub in the next 12 to 18 months. The 3PL said it is committed to investing in technology to support its growth and drive greater efficiencies for customers.
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