China-based, AMR provider Geek+ signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Goodman Group. Goodman is a global property group that owns, develops and manages industrial real estate including logistics and industrial facilities, warehouses and business parks.
The companies plan to collaborate to share technical and logistics property expertise to develop cutting-edge, customized automation solutions for their customers across Greater China. This announcement is currently restricted only to mutual clients in China.
A key to the cooperation is that Goodman will offer their warehouse clients an option to deploy Geek+ AMR solutions on the property. While no details are available at press time, there is likely to be some discount on Geek+ solutions for Goodman clients. At the very least, the relationship opens up a new sales channel for Geek+ to acquire new clients.
Kristoffer Harvey, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China at Goodman Group, said, “China continues to be a world leader in e-commerce and online retail already makes up over 27% of total retail sales. This is expected to increase by 63% to 2025. Our customers are always looking for ways to create efficiencies in their supply chains to meet growing consumer expectations for cost effectiveness and rapid delivery. Well-located smart warehouses are the answer. By partnering with Geek+, we are giving our customers and China’s consumers access to the latest warehouse robotics and technology.”
Geek+ products and solutions include Goods-to-Person systems, vertical storage systems, robotic sorting and autonomous forklifts, known for their precision, reliability and cost savings logistics for retail, e-commerce and manufacturing customers. As part of the co-operation, Goodman will be able to provide its warehousing customers with the highly flexible and scalable Geek+ Robot-as-a-Service package.
Lit Fung, VP, Managing Director APAC, UK and Americas at Geek+, said, “With our extensive logistics management experience from over 300 automation projects worldwide, Geek+ can provide comprehensive automation solutions that take full advantage of Goodman’s well located and high-quality properties.”
Goodman and Geek+ will continue to explore cooperative ventures to drive innovation in smart warehousing, including joint development of warehousing products and building specialized automated warehouse properties.