HONG KONG SAR – Media
OutReach – 22 December 2021 – Global
logistics service provider Rhenus in Hong Kong collaborates with Geek+ to
co-develop smart logistics solutions through automation of warehousing
operations with autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).
Geek+, a global AMR leader, and Rhenus Hong
Kong are proud to announce the successful deployment of the first AMR-operated Rhenus
warehouse in Asia.
The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt on
global supply chain operations, with the disruption of the labour market having
exacerbated labour shortages. The innovation-focused, solutions-oriented
logistics provider Rhenus Hong Kong will adopt Geek+’s advanced robotics and AI
technologies in a proof-of-concept warehousing project in the country. This is the
latest Rhenus initiative in the region and is part of its ongoing strategy to
deepen its focus on IT-driven digitalisation by tapping into smart logistics to
build a sustainable and robust supply chain.
Since 2019, Rhenus has been making strategic tech-driven
investments in Greater China, especially across its warehousing business
division, including automated solutions to improve the efficiency of its
warehouses and operational processes. With the Geek+ solution, Rhenus Hong Kong
can handle large volumes of orders, flexibly meet rapidly changing SKUs, and
improve order-fulfilment performance. The Hong Kong site will be the first
smart Rhenus warehouse in the Asia-Pacific.
Cliff Xu, CEO of Rhenus Air
& Ocean Greater China, said: “Our goal is to provide the
best and most innovative logistics service to achieve faster and more flexible
movement of goods, to cater to the rapid growth in e-commerce. By working
closely with Geek+, we not only realise warehouse digitalisation, but also improve
operational efficiency and accuracy, translating to greater cost-savings for
customers in the long run.”
The Rhenus Hong Kong
warehouse will use Geek+ Goods-to-person solutions. Robots will be used as part
of the system to automatically bring goods to the operators, achieving 99.99
percent accuracy. The solution also helps maximise warehouse storage as aisle
space is minimised.
One of the features of the AI-driven system are
Geek+’s proprietary algorithms. They optimise order combinations and adjust the
inventory layouts in real time, maximising efficiency. In the Rhenus Hong Kong warehouse,
over 2,000 SKUs of cosmetic products are constantly arranged according to
popularity and expiry date.
Lit Fung, VP, Managing Director APAC, UK and
Americas at Geek+, said: “We believe that the smart warehouse upgrade is
the only answer to the rapid growth of e-commerce business and growing customer expectations.
We will continue to support Rhenus with tailored solutions that best fit their