Boots has deployed more than 100 robots to help its warehouse staff keep up with the intense demand over this holiday shopping season.
135 robots have been employed to carry orders between picking stations at Boots’ warehouse in Burton.
The ‘cobots’ (collaborative robots) have been working alongside staff for two-weeks, in which time Boots says it estimated three million items would have been picked to send to customers.
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“Our warehouse team absolutely love the Cobots – who have all been given names,” Boots UK interim supply chain director Alan Penhale said.
“They make the warehouse a calmer, more productive place and are also 2-3 times faster than manually pushing trolleys long distances, saving our teams from having to walk quite as far.”
On Black Friday it is understood that Boots received three orders every second, while it predicted that it would process six times the amount of orders per week between November 30 and December 2.