The Autonomous Shelf is a smart, mobile vehicle for your inventory that can take it virtually anywhere. It can take inventory from a warehouse, onto a truck, then to a store floor where shoppers can select an item. AutoShelf is an intermodal transportation system that eliminates many steps in the supply chain to reduce the number of human touches, save time and drive efficiency.
Imagine the impact of autonomous, self-driving inventory that spans the entire supply chain.
Inside a warehouse equipped with AutoShelf robots, there is never a need to wait for a robot to go fetch a shelf, because the shelf is a robot.
AutoShelf for the Warehouse
Delivers unmatched productivity and efficiency
Autoshelf enables ‘Never wait’ warehouse picking – The time a picker waits at the station for the next robot to arrive, known as Dwell Time, is virtually eliminated. AutoShelf robots create a continuous queue so there’s never a wait, because every shelf has a robot built in.
Imagine an AutoShelf Warehouse In a warehouse equipped with the AutoShelf platform, every shelf in the warehouse is mobilized. Shelves are called to the picking station and form a continuous queue. A picker can achieve maximum picking speed, 450-550 picks per hour with AutoShelf because there is never a wait for the next shelf to arrive.
Inventory Navigates its own Transport
AutoShelf inventory is autonomous
Traditional AMRs specialize in picking and are confined to the warehouse. Prime Robotics believes robotic automation can extend to other processes in the warehouse such as receiving and put away, and outbound staging for trucking. But more crucially, AutoShelf can take its inventory beyond the warehouse by autonomously boarding a truck to arrive at its final destination with no human touch.
Complex supply chain logistics throttle efficiency and it’s commonly known that the fewer human touches between the source and the destination, the better. The AutoShelf is a logical addition to the automated supply chain in our (very) near future that includes self-driving trucks and unmanned, automated self-checkout stores.
AutoShelf is a connected, smart, mobile vehicle for your inventory ideal for intermodal transport, and AutoShelf can be rerouted mid-route with zero human touch.
The AutoShelf is always connected
AutoShelf can receive updated instructions to drive to a specific loading dock to prepare to board, and then board on cue. Once at its destination, AutoShelf takes instruction to unload and wait in a designated area. Sophisticated navigational technologies, including SLAM technology, give AutoShelf the ability to disembark at its next stop when instructed to re-route to a new destination.
Imagine being able to optimize logistics to meet fast-changing demand by updating routing instructions even after AutoShelf has left the warehouse: inventory headed to Denver could be re-tasked remotely to unload in Kansas City to board another truck to Houston.
Autonomous Inventory from Warehouse to Consumer
Imagine store aisles made up of interchangeable AutoShelf units: units that can keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
Transforming the traditional grocery supply chain with robotics makes it run more efficiently and with less waste — lowering the cost to the customer.
A paradigm shift to zero-touch, end-to-end inventory distribution
The impact on autonomous inventory is profound in a grocery or retail store environment. At a regional distribution center, a fleet of AutoShelf unites can be filled with a store’s desired product mix and board a truck. AutoShelf robots then receive instruction to queue at specified loading dock and board a truck on cue.
When the truck arrives at the store, AutoShelf drives off the truck and parks. Upon receiving instruction remotely, the fully-stocked AutoShelf navigates onto the store floor where to replace an AutoShelf ready to be replenished. Only AutoShelf can deliver inventory from the distribution facility to the store aisle for the customer to select with zero human intervention.
Highly mobile AutoShelf robots allow a store to easily move an AutoShelf on demand to change aisle layout. It’s possible to replenish shelves, rotate end caps, and reposition timely or advertised inventory on the store floor without workers. The result is improved inventory utilization, reduced labor demands, and store layout optimization — leading to higher efficiency and revenue.
The AutoShelf is a key component of the supply chain industry’s Logistics 4.0 vision. It enables autonomous inventory to leave the warehouse, navigate its own transport, and arrive at its destination on the store floor where it is customer-facing — all while being remotely monitored. This entire process requires no human touch and is infinitely customizable to meet changing demands and adjust to unforeseen circumstances. AutoShelf can also ensure automated sanitizing of it’s inventory to keep consumers safe.
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Forward thinking companies seeking new ways to optimize all along the supply chain understand the value of autonomous inventory that can move from the warehouse to transport to the store. Automating every leg of the Supply Chain is at the end-goal of the industry’s Logistics 4.0 push to bring transformational technology innovations to the traditional supply chain.