Exotec Skypod to Roll Out in New Alps Logistics Warehouse in Japan

Exotec has also received recognition from Manhattan Associates for its supply chain innovations.


Exotec Nihon and Alps Logistics executives celebrate their partnership.
Exotec will deploy its Skypod goods-to-person robots in Nagoya, Japan. It also won a 2023 MVP Excellence Award from Manhattan Associates for its work with Alliance Automotive Group France.

Exotec SAS has gained recognition for its development of supply chain systems. Yesterday, its Tokyo-based subsidiary, Exotec Nihon Co., announced that Alps Logistics Co. will use the Skypod goods-to-person system in a new warehouse in Nagoya, Japan.

The Croix, France-based company also said today that it has won the 2023 MVP Excellence Award in the Technology & Solution category award from Manhattan Associates. It was recognized for its work with Alliance Automotive Group France, France’s largest independent distributor of truck and automotive parts.

“Being recognized by one of the world's foremost supply chain solution providers is a strong validation of our work,” stated Arthur Bellamy, CRO of Exotec. “It attests to the considerable momentum we're building globally. But most importantly, it highlights the trust placed in our solutions by some of the world's most innovative companies, such as Alliance Automotive Group.”

Skypod aims high with robots, services

As the logistics industry faces challenges including labor shortages and sustainability goals, systems such as Skypod can play a key role in keeping global supply chains running, said Exotec, whose North American headquarters are in Atlanta. The company said it combines robotics hardware and software to help warehouses improve efficiency, add resilience, and improve working conditions.

Skypod includes robots that can reach a height of 12 m (39 ft.) to enable high-density inventory storage. The goods-to-person system automates manual physically intensive tasks and can reduce order-fulfillment times, Exotec claimed.

In addition, the company offers integration services, from pre-system consultation to continuous post-implementation maintenance.

More than 30 brands, including Carrefour, Decathlon, Gap, and Uniqlo, use Exotec's technology to improve their operations and profitably navigate rapid shifts in business models and customer expectations, said the company.

Exotec expands in Japan

Yokohama, Japan-based Alps Logistics provides transportation, storage, import/export, and product distribution services worldwide. It mainly serves electronic components companies that require specialized material handling techniques, said Exotec.

The company said it supports its customers’ production and logistics by reducing excess inventory and cutting lead times. Alps Logistics said it expects its partnership with Exotec to further improve the quality of services that it offers customers in Japan.

“We have decided to install Exotec’s Skypod system in our new warehouse in Nagoya, which is currently under construction,” said Koji Fukiyama, senior vice president and general manager of Alps Logistics. “We expect the Skypod system to significantly improve the efficiency of our warehouse operations by automating the transfer of goods between inbound and outbound areas, as well as storing and retrieving goods.”

The partnership will help combine our deep expertise in logistics with Exotec’s experience of building next-generation warehouse facilities, ultimately creating even more value for our customers,” Fukiyama said.

Ryu Tatewaki, managing director of Exotec Nihon, added: “Leveraging the in-depth logistics expertise of Alps Logistics, together with our advanced robotic automation solutions, we aim to significantly enhance warehouse operational efficiency. This collaboration is set to play a pivotal role in propelling Alps Logistics’ business growth.”

Manhattan Associates recognizes Exotec

Manhattan Associates presented the 2023 MVP Excellence Awards at Momentum 2023, its annual conference this week in Phoenix. The company said it designs, builds, and delivers cloud, and on-premises systems to unite information from front-end sales to back-end fulfillment execution. It claimed that its software and experience can help supply chains “reap the rewards of the omnichannel marketplace.”

Manhattan is supported by a global network of consulting, service and technology partners. At Momentum 2023, the company “recognized companies that provide top-quality technology and services to address complex business challenges and continuously drive success, value, and return on investment for our joint customers.”

Exotec has been a Manhattan Value Partner (MVP) for two consecutive years.

“The recognition of the excellent teamwork between Manhattan, Exotec, and Alliance Automotive Group France is a real satisfaction,” said André Falbo, chief transformation officer of Alliance Automotive Group France. “Our ambition is to offer the best experience to our customers by equipping ourselves with the best solutions on the market.”

Eric Lamphier, senior director of alliances at Manhattan Associates, congratulated Exotec on the award.

“Manhattan is committed to developing, supporting and recognizing innovations that build a unified, seamless, and intelligent supply chain, improving the end consumer experience,” he said. “We are proud of the value our robust partner network brings and are excited to acknowledge the organizations that play a key role in Manhattan’s efforts to move life and commerce forward.”

Hear from Manhattan's Chief Marketing Officer Ann Ruckstuhl as she kicks off the first day of Momentum 2023.

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Exotec Nihon and Alps Logistics executives celebrate their partnership.

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