AutoStore™, the leading robotic technology company, is pleased to introduce the R5 Pro Robot, the latest version of the company’s field-proven R5 Robot. This new robotic solution is designed to address the specific demands of large-scale e-commerce operations, emphasising better space usage, higher performance, and reduced total ownership costs for companies running multi-shift operations at scale.
Carlos Fernandez, Chief Product Officer at AutoStore, points to the growing demand for large, high-throughput systems in the e-commerce sector: “The R5 Pro offers an edge by augmenting productivity per Robot during extended operations, optimising space usage, and reducing the total cost of ownership, ultimately enhancing the customer experience while boosting profitability.”
The R5 Pro is designed to meet the needs of e-commerce organisations with large-scale multishift operations. Key features and benefits of the R5 Pro Robot include:
- Enhanced productivity: By deploying the R5 Pro at a large AutoStore site, customers can reduce the number of Robots required on the same grid by up to 15%, when compared to using the R5 Robot, enabling better routing and enhanced system efficiency.
- Continuous operations: The use of an LTO (Lithium-Titanium Oxide) battery in the R5 Pro allows rapid charging, improving individual Robot availability during multishift operations.
- Space and Cost Optimisation: Up to 86% fewer chargers required with the LTO battery allows for more efficient use of warehouse space, accommodating additional SKU storage or reducing the required footprint. In addition, customers achieve significant cost savings related to electrical infrastructure.
AutoStore’s Chief Product Officer Fernandez continues, “The introduction of the R5 Pro improves both our market position and the value proposition for customers managing very large systems and high-throughput operations, typically characterised by extended operating hours and a substantial robot count.”
One prominent AutoStore customer, Tobias Sjölin, CTO, Fulfilment and logistics at Boozt, shares the customer perspective: “As a leading e-commerce company, we are always looking for new ways to optimise warehouse operations. We are excited about the R5 Pro, the latest addition to the AutoStore R5 series, which will bring tangible benefits to customers with large AutoStore systems that require speed.
“Being able to reduce charging time during multishift operations offers great potential for improved productivity. The projected higher productivity per robot means we would need significantly fewer robots and chargers to achieve our required throughput – and also fit more SKUs within our existing Grid. But in the end, it’s all about the total cost of ownership. All these incremental savings add up over time and allow us to remain competitive.”
Philipp Schitter, Vice President of Business Development APAC at AutoStore provides views from the Asian market: “Between 2016 and 2021, the total value of e-commerce sales within Southeast Asia grew 40 percent annually, with it potentially ballooning to US$230 billion in gross merchandise volume come 2026.
“Looking ahead, the R5 Pro will not only be able to aid businesses within the region deal with the increasing demands of e-commerce but help reduce their warehouse’s carbon footprint through fewer charges without compromising productivity and efficiency of operations.”