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DHL Supply Chain has expanded its global partnership with Locus Robotics and is deploying 5,000 more autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) across multiple sites. This is one of the largest AMR deals for the industry so far.
“An idea is only a good idea if it can scale,” Oscar de Bok, Chief Executive Officer at DHL Supply Chain, said. “The flexibility and scalability of the Locus solution has been instrumental in helping us meet the evolving demands of the e-commerce landscape and leveraging cutting-edge technology to optimize our operations and deliver an even better experience for our customers.”
Locus’ AMRs will be deployed across DHL’s global network of warehouses and distribution centers. The expanded LocusBot fleet will provide DHL with automation technology that aims to optimize its supply chain operations and improve worker productivity, order accuracy, speed and efficiency.
DHL has now surpassed more than 250 million units picked using the LocusOne system across is global sites. This deployment is expected to be fully integrated into DHL’s operation by the end of the year.
“We are thrilled to be working in an expanded capacity with DHL Supply Chain to bring our industry-leading robotics technology to their global network,” Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics, said. “As the robotics industry continues to consolidate, Locus Robotics has emerged as the clear leader in the market, and we are poised for further significant growth. Our innovative technology and commitment to customer success have set us apart. With our expanding product offerings and growing customer base, Locus Robotics is well positioned to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities ahead.”
In November 2022, Locus brought in $117 million in funding for its AMRs. The Series F funding round was led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and G2 Venture Partners.
Locus’ range of AMRs is made up of Origin, the company’s flagship AMR that can operate for 14 hours on a single charge and has a payload capacity of 80 lbs, Vector, an AMR with a 600 lb payload capacity, and Max, the company’s heaviest capacity AMR with a 3,000 lb payload limit.
Locus acquired Waypoint Robotics in 2021, another AMR company whose portfolio of heavier capacity AMRs complemented Locus’. The Vector and the Max were originally Waypoint robots before the acquisition.