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GEODIS automates Dallas logistics centre

William Payne
November 14, 2019



Supply chain operator GEODIS is automating its logistics operations with technology from Massachusetts based materials handling technology specialist Vecna Robotics. Vecna robots and workflow technology have automated the horizontal transport within a 150,000 sq ft distribution centre in Dallas.

GEODIS has deployed two pallet jacks driven by Vecna's autonomous technology and pivot.al orchestration system in their distribution centre. The self-driving pallet jacks pick up pallets and independently deliver them to a GEODIS team member who then uses a manual forklift to put the pallet away in the appropriate rack. 

According to Vecna, this pilot operation is predicted to produce a 33% increase in productivity due to reducing the distance travelled by each operator.

Vecna's orchestration system, pivot.al, optimises and organises daily robot work orders, allocating the work to the appropriate vehicle based on priority, location, and availability. Vecna's software use machine learning algorithms and tracks the vehicles to provides data-driven insight and creates a continuous improvement cycle over time. 

"The autonomous warehouse is a critical differentiator, and Vecna is thrilled to partner with GEODIS so they can offer world-class, autonomous logistics services to customers," said Matthew Cherewka, business development and solutions design manager for Vecna Robotics. "Our combined expertise in cutting-edge robotics and supply chain solutions allows this partnership to deliver significant advances in the supply chain industry. We look forward to continuing to grow together."

"Innovation and introducing new technology into our operations is a strategic focus area at GEODIS," says Kevin Stock, senior vice president of engineering at GEODIS. "Vecna's offering allows us to enhance the work experience for our teammates by placing their work where they need it to operate more efficiently. Vecna's technology and orchestration systems have proved very useful in this operation and we look forward to expanding our partnership."