Munich Germany-based Magazino is deploying a fleet of 57 TORU at various Zalando logistics sites. This is the biggest single robot order that Magazino has ever had. Zalando is an online e-commerce retailer of shoes operating in Europe.
This deal demonstrates the importance of the TORU AMR as a key part of automated processes in modern e-commerce logistics. The smart, mobile picking robots will be used in Zalando’s warehouses in Lahr, Erfurt, and Verona (Italy).
For the application at Zalando, the robots pull shoes from inventory locations, and then help sort and package them. TORU is optimized for shoebox-sized items and can pull a shoe box from the middle of a stack of boxes on an inventory shelf.
Magazino last received a significant order from Zalando for the Lahr site in the fall of 2021. The successful pilot will now be followed by the rollout of an additional 29 robots at Zalando’s logistics centers in Erfurt and Verona (Italy). All robots will be delivered by the end of September 2022, with final integration scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.
“Magazino has already proven that its mobile picking robots greatly support our logistics processes in Lahr. They are in use six days a week in 3-shift operation and thus cover the base load in shoe box picking. The current expansion of the robot fleet not only relieves our colleagues but also ensures that we can continue to offer our customers the best possible service in the future.” said Marcus Daute, Director of Logistics Product & Strategy at Zalando.
Frederik Brantner, CEO, and founder of Magazino, commented, “In less than a year, Zalando has now decided to expand further after Lahr. For Magazino, this step marks the largest single order in our still quite young company history. We are proud of this and look forward to supporting Zalando’s further development with our advanced robotics solutions in close cooperation.”
Zalando launched an initial pilot project with two TORU robots from Magazino in 2018. With the expansion to a total of 57 autonomous “colleagues” now, the largest fleet of TORU robots so far will soon be in operation in the logistics of the online platform. Zalando benefits from accelerated throughput times, a constant 24/7 flow of goods and error minimization, even amid a heavy order load. Moreover, the fashion and lifestyle specialist, whose DNA includes logistics, is highly flexible. This is because the robots can be redistributed between the sites in the future as needed.