Geek+ deploys robots at Rhenus warehouse

  • July 24, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Chinese autonomous mobile robotics (AMR) company Geek+ has implemented its goods-to-person technology at Rhenus Logistics’ warehouse in Switzerland.

The P800 AMR setup is a goods-to-person self-driving shelf system. Each AMR selects the shelf with the demanded products and drives it to the pick workstations where the employees can take out the items.

This first installation in Basel consists of 13,320 shelf spaces. The first two customers who will benefit from the installation are Waldmeier and Max Bersinger. The transfer of the products of these two toy wholesalers is in full swing.

“After receiving the positive feedback from our colleagues in Hong Kong, it was very easy for us to follow suit,” said Philipp Bittner, COO at Rhenus Logistics. “The AMRs not only optimise our processes but also help us to reduce energy consumption.”

Jan Jongbloets, vice president of Geek+ in Europe, added: “Working with Rhenus on the Swiss project following our successful Hong Kong collaboration shows how strong the trust is between the two companies. Our goods-to-person solutions are the key to a modern warehouse. In addition to this, replicating the original installation also shows how easy automation can be with the right partner.”

And Alexander Quercher, project manager at Rhenus Logistic, said: “Thanks to good teamwork and fast communication, all challenges in the project could be handled efficiently.”

Rhenus and Geek+ have plans to strengthen their partnership by embarking on additional projects aimed at automating warehouses across the globe in the upcoming years. The next scheduled venture is set to take place in Switzerland in 2024.

Geek+ robots are used by more than 700 companies. Founded in 2015, Geek+ has 1500 employees, with offices in the USA, Germany, UK, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Rhenus Group is a leading logistics specialist with business operations around the globe and annual turnover amounting to €8.6bn. Its 39,000 employees work at 1120 business sites.