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Locus Robotics was brought in to solve the peak season problem.
Körber Supply Chain
Overview & Challenge
evo, a sports gear and apparel retailer, generates 70% of its revenue from online sales. As winter gear sales spike during holiday peaks, the team at evo moved to a new 165,000ft2 facility just in time to get ahead of 2019 peak demand.
From the start, evo had trouble hiring temporary and seasonal workers to meet fulfillment goals that were expected with the new building. “We made it through, it was chaotic and unsustainable,” said Spencer Earle, Director of Supply Chain.
As fate would have it for all retailers, another unexpected event occurred soon after: a global pandemic. Traditional fulfillment methods could not keep up with peak while maintaining safety compliance and social distancing. “We would have 10 to 15 pickers at peak times and the bins are stuffed full, which mixes up SKUs and orders,” Earle said.
evo’s technology partner Körber Supply Chain helped identify possible AMR solutions and the pair determined Locus Robotics’s multi-bot solution would be a great fit for the warehouse.
“We went with Locus because of their familiarity with our warehouse management system, Körber,” said Chris Christiansen, Outbound Manager at evo.