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Grocery Retailers Are Embracing Micro-Fulfillment -- But Is That Enough?

Published: Feb 05 2019
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Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
 

Tompkins Robotics has introduced a new robotics system referred to a t-Sort for unit and parcel sortation. Analysts I spoke with believe Tompkins Robotics has the most potential for becoming the go-to provider of robotics to grocery retailers, CPG companies and companies in multiple industries because Tompkins Robotics is a division of Tompkins International. Tompkins International (and its divisions Monarch Fx and Nexus Fx) is a leader in providing strategy, robotics, automation, supply chain, digital, logistics and value-creation solutions. As I write later in the article, grocery retailers need a holistic solution to increase the customer experience and create a competitive advantage.

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In response to COVID-19 and limiting travel, Tompkins Robotics is now offering interactive virtual tours using a variety of stationary and roaming cameras throughout the facility.  We have the capability to demonstrate five t-Sort systems with various configurations, robots and functionalities.  The main demonstration system includes three different induction types: manual, robotic and A-frame.  Our systems are capable of e-commerce order fulfillment, store replenishment, backroom and parcel / postal sortation.  We can demonstrate the original t-Sort robotic system in multiple dual level configurations and an elevator system to move robots between the levels.  Our larger t-Sort Plus robots run on single level systems with both tilt tray and crossbelt options.  In the very near future we will demonstrate the new t-Sort Mini in an additional system. We have a wide variety of inventory to demonstrate products including general merchandise, apparel, grocery, fragile goods, odd sizes and shapes and a wide range of product weights.  You will also have a chance to learn about the technologies that are integrated into our system such as automated induction, automated charging, integrated weight and dimension capture, our proprietary wireless network and Warehouse Execution System (WES), new innovations such as our automated sorter exit solution and more.  And if mobility and flexibility are important to you, we can demonstrate how easy it is to reconfigure a system, remove or add a sort table, and even fold a table into a smaller footprint for move or transport.