B2B Materials Supplier Prepares for a Fast-Growth Future with a Fleet of Mobile Robots
Many companies integrating robotics seek to add them to their current warehouse layout to keep the workflow moving seamlessly. Material Bank, a B2B materials supplier, saw an opportunity to build their entire business model and warehouse around the robotic solution from the very start for even more gains.
There was a specific need to find a technology that can scale as the company grows, with plans to build a facility six times larger than their 74,000ft2 facility within the following 2 years.
Locus initially deployed a multi-bot solution of 10 bots that were fully up-and-running in just 14 weeks, picking up to 8 orders at a time on each robot.
Founder and CEO Adam Sandow said, “My team thought I was crazy to start with robots. Typically, you bring in robots to gain additional efficiencies. Instead, I wanted to find the right robotics partner and then build around the right robotic technology to have maximum efficiency.”
Disruption is just the beginning
In just the first 7 months since go-live, Material Bank grew to over 11,000 users in the design industry, growing 30% each month with thousands on a waitlist.
Two years since the successful deployment, Material Bank tripled the amount of robots to 45 with plans to top 100+ in early 2021. They also quadrupled the number of SKUs and grew revenues by 300%. LocusBots initially processed 100,000 units per month and are now processing 3 times that amount.
The solution has also evolved to meet Material Bank’s changing inventory. LocusBots are now utilizing 7 unique tote configurations.
“Speed and accuracy are critical for us to meet customer demand especially with a guaranteed next day delivery by 10:30am” shares Sr. Director of Fulfillment and Logistics Mike Nowell. “Locus delivers a flexible solution to support our ever growing and changing business model which makes them a leader in the industry. They easily stand out above the rest as a great business and solutions partner.”
Tote configurations chosen for B2B materials picking
Multi-Tote Induction for picking multiple orders at the same time
Seven Bin Sizes to support various sizes of orders and product types
B2B materials supplier
74,000ft2 facility 1,000,000 inventory
Highly diverse materials + sizes
200% increase in picking robots
100+ Bots planned for early 2021
200% increase in units picked monthly
300% increase in inventory
Expanding to include Putaway