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Largest deployment of autonomous mobile robots in Australia and New Zealand

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

An online retailer is to roll-out more than 100 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), the largest deployment of its kind for an e-commerce marketplace in Australia and New Zealand.

Catch Group, part of the Wesfarmers Group and one of Australia's largest online retailers, is to deploy AMRs at its distribution centre in Truganina, Victoria.

Catch has invested in Körber's AMR solution, powered by global technology provider Geek+.

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Richard Whetton, Head of Fulfilment at Catch Group, said: "Catch has experienced phenomenal success since its inception as an early innovator in the e-commerce market in Australia. With COVID-19 driving more consumers online, Catch is very well placed to meet this rise in demand and this investment ensures that we continue to increase and improve our product and service offering for our rapidly growing consumer base." 

Over 100 AMRs will operate across 3785 sqm of allocated space within the 30,000 sqm facility. The robots will give Catch the capability to manage an additional 80,000 SKUs over and above its existing range.

Rizan Mawzoon, Head of Transformation at Körber Supply Chain Software said. "The AMRs will provide Catch with the ability to pick an additional 2,000 orders an hour. With its growing consumer base and the increased demand for timely and efficient delivery across Australia, this solution will play a crucial role in Catch being able to deliver the excellent customer experience the retailer is known for."

Set to go-live in November, the deployment of the AMR solution will take approximately three months and will help Catch Group accelerate its online fulfilment capabilities, moving a step closer to its overall aim of offering same-day delivery.

Saar Davidi, Fulfilment Centre and Project Manager at Catch Group, said: "We are always looking at ways we can get the order faster to the customer, this investment will allow us to hold more products ready for immediate picking, meaning we can ship most orders out the same day the order comes in." 

With COVID-19 driving e-commerce numbers to an all-time high in Australia, Catch Group reported a 68.7 per cent increase in total sales for the second half of FY20. Even before COVID-19 supercharged online retail, Catch was heading on a steep growth trajectory and reported a 21.4 per cent increase in sales growth in the first half of FY20.

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With COVID-19 driving e-commerce numbers to an all-time high in Australia, Catch Group reported a 68.7 per cent increase in total sales for the second half of FY20. Even before COVID-19 supercharged online retail, Catch was heading on a steep growth trajectory and reported a 21.4 per cent increase in sales growth in the first half of FY20.

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