Fulfuld will use inVia Robotics for online order processing

Fulphyld, a 3PL specializing in labor-intensive e-commerce execution, equips an Alabama warehouse with the latest robotics.

inVia Robotics will install a complete Warehouse Execution System (WES) and Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) system at Fulfyld’s warehouse in Huntsville, Alabama. The system will include the inVia PickerWall, inVia Logic software and the inVia Robotic Operations Center (ROC) which provides 24/7 monitoring and support.

The PickerWall includes a fleet of AMR Pickers that pick up individual SKUs and deliver them to the inVia Placement and Picking Wall where humans complete the creation of e-commerce orders.

inVia Robotics “ideal for e-commerce”

“inVia’s RaaS model is ideal for e-commerce fulfillment 3PLs like ours because it allows us to avoid large [capital expenditures]which ultimately helps Fulfyld provide better prices to customers,” said AJ Khanijow, CEO of Fulfyld.

Fulfyld has eCommerce integrations with all the major companies including Shopify, Amazon, Magento, eBay, Walmart, and BigCommerce. The Huntsville-based company was founded in 2016, but unlike some 3PLs, Fulfyld only handles e-commerce.

“[inVia Robotics] also expands our operational resources, not only supplementing our workforce with robots, but also finding greater efficiency in our workflows so our teams can work smarter,” said Spencer Mundt, COO of Fulfyld. “We looked at every automation solution on the market and only inVia provided the level of flexibility and increased productivity we needed for the level of service we are committed to providing our customers.

Automation reduces steps for warehouse workers

inVia said that using its automation solutions can reduce the distances traveled by warehouse workers and improve productivity by up to five times. Its solutions are offered through a robotics-as-a-solution subscription, which keeps upfront costs low.

“We specifically designed our system to increase productivity in e-commerce operations where more labor is needed to ship directly to consumers,” said Lior Elazary, CEO and co-founder of inVia Robotics. “As consumer demands for next-day or same-day delivery increase and labor resources shrink, we are able to help 3PLs track and meet their SLAs.”

inVia offers goods-to-person robots that use AI to more intelligently exploit the existing workforce in warehouses. Elazary previously told Modern Shipper that a lack of knowledge still hampers adoption of automation solutions — which are likely used in less than 10% of existing warehouses — including the belief that robots are taking jobs away from humans.

“I really think it’s education,” he said. “What’s happening right now is that there are a lot of different systems…and a lot of our customers really don’t understand our system – a goods-to-no-one system.”

What is a commodity-person robot?

A goods-to-person robot is designed to bring items to people for packing. inVia’s system uses robots to retrieve items and bring them to a picking wall that humans can then access to pack the final order. inVia said this system increases throughput between five and ten times and pick rates can reach 400 units per hour per person, with peaks of up to 1,200 units per hour per person.

“What we did was shrink this whole warehouse,” Elazary said. Employees in this system are more productive and spend less time walking around warehouses looking for items.

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