John Lewis invests in Logitex’s cutting edge warehouse transformation tech

John Lewis has tapped up robotics and automation exhibitor, Logistex, to help improve its warehouse execution system.

The new system will optimise the retailer‘s new ecommerce distribution centre in Fenny Lock, Milton Keynes.

“We are delighted to be working with John Lewis on this strategically important initiative,” Logitex managing director Tony Gruber said.

“It combines all of our key capabilities in one project, solution design, the deployment of our Reflex WES platform in a multi-agent robotic-based automation environment & complete project life cycle support.

“We look forward to a successful project and an enduring relationship with John Lewis”.

Logistex will deploy its system, which it calls Reflex, to orchestrate the picking of orders across multiple zones of the Fenny Lock warehouse, meanwhile fully integrating with conveyors, robots and automated bagging machines.

Future phases will include the deployment of an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) tote-to-person (TTP) picking solution based on Hai Robotics’ ACR robots and HaiPort workstations.

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John Lewis Partnership head of distribution, John Munnelly added: “This is an exciting partnership which will transform our Fenny Lock site, as we look for new and innovative ways on how to best serve our customers.”

Hai Robotics country manager Damien Skinner expressed his joy at the deal by saying: “We are thrilled JLP and Logistex have found the right solution with Hai Robotics’ HaiPick, which can reach up to 10m for picking and storing.

“We look forward to working with them on this project and expanding our partnership. One of the reasons why HaiPick was the right fit for the Logistex solution is because it is highly flexible and suitable to be deployed in existing sites.

“Next to that, the solution is rapidly scalable and is designed with plans for expansion in mind. HaiPick is fully CE and UKCA compliant and can be deployed relatively quickly.

“We will be working closely together with Logistex to achieve successful deployment for John Lewis through a joint testing methodology.”



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