Körber enters partnership with Libiao Robotics

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Supply chain specialist Körber and Libiao Robotics, a global provider of autonomous mobile robots, have teamed up to deliver the newest robotics technologies to Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

According to Körber, the increase in e-commerce and order volumes in general is challenging warehouses to improve efficiencies and quality while also facing capacity and space constraints. By adding Libiao Robotics’ autonomous mobile sorting robots to its offering, Körber hopes to provide the flexibility and scalability that these businesses need. The solution will be branded as ‘K.Move AutoSort Mobile – Powered by Libiao’.

“In a competitive logistics environment where flexibility, adaptability and precision are everything, robotics brings a new level of performance to your warehouse floor,” said Nishan Wijemanne, global head of AMR solutions, Körber Business Area Supply Chain. “The opportunity to deploy Libiao’s sorting robots along with our existing AMR solutions portfolio gives our customers the strategic advantage of deploying an efficient, low-cost and a rapidly deployable fulfillment solution, thus achieving faster last-mile delivery.”

Libiao Robotics is focused on parcel sorting after order picking and has developed a range of sorting robots, especially for tabletop sortation. In the past five years, the company has deployed 15,000+ sorting robots around the world. The tabletop robots only require a small physical area and can be rapidly deployed, reconfigured and scaled up, making sortation automation more accessible and flexible than traditional fixed automation, from micro-fulfilment center to large-scale sortation depot, according to the company.

Xia Huiling, founder and CEO of Libiao Robotics, said, “We are very happy to be able to further extend our relationship with Körber beyond Australia and New Zealand. Körber is a company with very strong integration capabilities. The cooperation with Körber will help the development of Libiao’s global strategy.

“The current global Covid-19 pandemic is changing market structures and trends. The impact of the pandemic and the rapid growth of e-commerce have prompted reforms in the logistics and supply chain fields. Faced with labor shortages and sharp increase in health risks, the challenge of the logistics and supply chain system to turn to automation is more urgent than before.

“The flexibility and scalability of the sorting system are also higher in order to adapt to the changing and diversified market needs and difficulties. This means that highly flexible sorting solutions have a broad application space, and the cooperation between the two parties is very promising.”

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