Uniqlo enlists help of robotics firms to automate supply chain
Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing has partnered enlisted the help of two robotics startups to increase automation in its warehouses.
Fast Retailing, the world’s second largest fashion retailer, has partnered with Japanese robotics firm Mujin Inc. and French Robotics startup Exotec Solutions to help drive increasing automation in its picking and shipping processes.
This comes after it pledged to invest JPY100 billion (£710 million) into automation last year, seeking to reduce inefficiencies leading to poor sales and excess inventory which have dogged Uniqlo during its recent rise to prominence.
Uniqlo has continued to grow through years of stagnant consumption in its home country and has expanded dramatically in international markets, including China where it reported sales of over £100 million during this week’s Singles Day.