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Locus Robotics and United Drug Honoured at Robotics & Automation Awards for Best Use of Cobotics

November 09, 2023

Locus Robotics, the market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for Fulfilment warehouses, and United Drug, Ireland’s largest pharmaceutical distribution company have been named winners of the “Best Use of Cobotics” award at the prestigious Robotics & Automation Awards in London.

The award recognises the innovation and significant added value of the Locus AMR solution to improving efficiency and productivity at United Drug Baldonnel distribution centre, while also improving the overall workplace ergonomics for workers. The LocusBots’ seamless integration with human workers has enabled United Drug to efficiently meet growing e-commerce demand and double productivity.

“Locus is honoured to receive this prestigious industry recognition alongside our customer, United Drug. Our commitment to innovation, proven usability and fast time to value has helped them to optimise their Fulfilment productivity and efficiency to meet ever-increasing order volumes,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “This award further validates our mission to provide cost-effective and highly productive robotics automation solutions for the e-commerce and Fulfilment industry around the world.”

Paul Malone, Head Of Operations for UDD & UDC at United Drug Ireland, added: “Locus has been an invaluable partner in scaling our operations to help meet our customers’ growing demands. The LocusBots truly partner with our warehouse team to drive optimal efficiency and create better jobs and allow our employees to thrive in an optimised and safe environment. We’re thrilled to see this work recognised.”

The Robotics & Automation Awards highlight innovation demonstrated by both British and international organisations in the application of robotic or automated systems throughout the supply chain, across logistics, manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, aerospace, cleaning and sanitation, construction, agriculture industries.

Locus and United Drug continue to make great strides in optimising and improving efficiency across all areas of their partnership. By maintaining a dedicated focus on customer needs and closely managing margins, they have achieved significant gains in supply chain optimisation, inventory management, and order fulfilment.

About United Drug

United Drug is Ireland’s largest pharmaceutical distribution company and was originally founded by a group of pharmacists in Ballina, County Mayo in 1948. In 2022 United Drug became part of the PHOENIX group and is now part of Europe’s leading healthcare provider in the sector. Employing more than 650 staff across operations in Dublin, Limerick, and County Mayo , United Drug partners with more than 1,900 pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and primary care centres across Ireland. The business spans across three business units; United Drug Wholesale, United Drug Distribution and United Drug Consumer – all leaders in their category. The Locus Robotics have been introduced in the Baldonnel warehouse for United Drug Consumer business.

About Locus Robotics

Locus Robotics’ revolutionary, multi-bot solution incorporates powerful and intelligent autonomous mobile robots that operate collaboratively with human workers to dramatically improve piece‐handling, case-handling, and pallet-moving productivity 2X–3X, while optimizing labor and making efficient use of warehouse space. Locus helps retailers, 3PLs, and specialty warehouses efficiently meet and exceed the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of fulfillment environments. Easily integrating into large-scale new and existing warehouse infrastructures without disrupting workflows, Locus transforms productivity without transforming the warehouse.

Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Locus’s EMEA presence is centrally located in Amsterdam, with APAC presence located in Singapore.

In 2022 alone, Locus Robotics has won more than 17 industry awards, including being named to the Inc. 500 for the second year in a row and a 2022 IFOY Award for its Autonomous Mobile Robot Solution in the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV/AMR) category.

Headquarters Location: U.S.A.