inVia Robotics – a leader in eCommerce fulfilment automation systems – has been selected by Fulfyld, a 3PL provider specialising in eCommerce fulfilment, to integrate a full WES (warehouse execution system) and AMR (autonomous mobile robots) solution into its Huntsville, Alabama (US) warehouse.
Built specifically to address the unique challenge of random access to inventory required with eCommerce fulfilment, inVia’s robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) suite integration will be deployed into Fulfyld’s existing facilities while it continues fulfilling orders without disruption to daily operations.
The system will include:
- inVia PickerWall system including a fleet of inVia Picker AMRs
- inVia Logic, the AI-powered WES software
- inVia’s Robotics Operation Center (ROC) for 24/7 monitoring and support
Fufyld will benefit from a reliable workforce of inVia Picker robots to do all of the non-stop travelling to retrieve each day’s ordered SKUs and deliver it to inVia’s dynamic put and pick wall where people pick individual items. The result is people walking only inches between picks versus miles, and pick rates increasing 4-5x.
As eCommerce businesses continue to flourish, the needs of 3PLs have rapidly evolved. Traditionally, retail store fulfilment took less labour because full cases and pallets of like SKUs were being shipped. In contrast, eCommerce orders are made up of an ever-changing combination of SKUs, all in small quantities and headed to different locations. This has created the need for more labour, all during a time when labour has never been scarcer.
“We’ve specifically designed our system to increase productivity in eCommerce operations where more labour is required to ship directly to consumers,” says Lior Elazary, CEO and Co-Founder of inVia Robotics. “As consumer demands for next- or same-day delivery increase and labour supplies decrease, we’re able to help 3PLs keep up and meet their SLAs. We are honoured to have been chosen by Fulfyld to automate their fulfilment operations and look forward to helping to strengthen their business.”
inVia’s systems are offered on a subscription basis, where customers pay only for the productivity of the system. There are no big capital outlays or burdens of equipment ownership and maintenance, and technology updates are included in the price of the system. So, as new features and performance enhancements are added, customers seamlessly benefit from the updates. inVia operates the robotics system with 24/7 monitoring and support and ensures labour – both people and robots – is managed throughout the day to get orders out on time.
“inVia’s RaaS model is ideal for eCommerce fulfilment 3PLs like ours, because it allows us to avoid large CapEx, which ultimately helps Fulfyld deliver better pricing to customers,” says AJ Khanijow, CEO of Fulfyld.
“It also extends our operations resources, not only by supplementing our workforce with robots, but also by finding greater efficiencies in our workflows so our teams can work smarter,” says Spencer Mundt, Chief Operating Officer of Fulfyld. “We looked at all of the automation solutions on the market, and only inVia delivered the level of flexibility and productivity increases we needed for the level of service we’re committed to giving our customers.”