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HAI ROBOTICS launches first UK project 25 November 2021

Boosts eCommerce fulfilment for cross-border warehouse

HAI ROBOTICS has launched its first project in the UK with Chinese cross-border warehouse operator WINIT. The project provides 120,000 storage locations with shelving height of 4.3 meters in a 10,000 m2 warehouse in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

By deploying 100 HAIPICK A42 robots and 16 On-conveyor Picking Workstations in the warehouse, goods-handling efficiency is improved three to four folds than manual work with a daily handling volume of up to 50,000 pieces.

The warehouse owner WINIT is a Shanghai-based provider of overall solutions for cross-border eCommerce and runs overseas warehousing and distribution services in Australia, the US and in several European countries.

With the project going live, it saw its warehouse throughput spiked, comfortably accommodating the inrushing order-fulfilment requests for cross-border warehousing and logistics from merchants around the world, driven by the online shopping boom since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Demands for global warehousing service has dramatically surged with the flourishing cross-border eCommerce businesses in recent years. Customs statistics indicate that in 2020, Chinese cross-border trade volumes amounted to RMB1.69 trillion, rising 31.1% from the previous year and the figure is estimated to go up to RMB16.0 trillion in 2021. By 2020, the number of overseas warehouses owned by Chinese operators exceeded 1,800, totalling more than 12.0 million m2 in land area.

However, cross-border warehouse operators are often confronted with some hard nuts to crack.

To start with, a major issue that has been constantly vexing warehouse owners who operate overseas is staffing shortages and rising labour costs. Automating their warehouses has become a pressing issue.

The second challenge is the huge number of SKUs owned by different merchants, which could range from consumer electronics to baby toys. The fact has raised concerns of storage density and picking efficiency. To meet consumers' growing demands for short delivery times, furnishing a warehouse with robots that can handle complex order-fulfilment tasks can be a rewarding decision.

With the HAIPICK A42 robot that allows picking and sorting with eight loads in one movement, one worker can handle 450 pieces of goods per hour, which is three to four times faster than manual work. The solution has also improved storage density by 130.0% with spaces from 0.25m-to-6.5m-high being fully utilised. The HAIPICK system, which supports intelligent totes identification and labels reading, boasts 99.99% picking and sorting accuracy.