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Port Logistics Group to Deploy Collaborative Warehouse Robots by Locus Robotics

Omnichannel logistics leader ensures fulfillment growth and efficiency

November 15, 2018

LOS ANGELES, November 15, 2018 /PR Newswire/ — Port Logistics Group, the nation’s leading provider of omnichannel logistics services, today announced that it has teamed with Locus Robotics, an award-winning provider of autonomous robots, launching its entry into intelligent automation. As a first phase in December 2018, Port Logistics Group will deploy a fleet of Locus collaborative robots to work alongside warehouse staff at its dedicated ecommerce fulfillment facility in Chino, Calif.

The initiative supports Port Logistics Group’s role as a leading ecommerce and omnichannel fulfillment provider with a focus on innovation and continuous improvement. “We have recognized that leveraging human skills is still essential to maintaining picking accuracies. The LocusBots will navigate to the location of the item and then notify the picker to retrieve it. The bots then autonomously route the item to the pack station, freeing our warehouse associates to walk less and pick more,” said Jim Stephens, Chief Information Officer with Port Logistics Group.

Designed to interact with humans, the LocusBots are proven to increase warehouse efficiencies and lower the cost of operations. The Locus turnkey robotics solution enables warehouse operators to reduce labor costs amidst worker shortages, and better manage seasonally fluctuating order volumes.

“We are excited to welcome Port Logistics Group as our newest Locus customer,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “The Locus solution will help Port Logistics Group realize immediate productivity and throughput gains, while easily scaling on-demand to meet seasonal spikes and their growth needs. By removing many of the physically demanding aspects of the picking role, we significantly enhance worker productivity, improve workplace quality, and enhance worker job satisfaction. We look forward to helping Port Logistics Group drive operating efficiencies now and in the future.”

The Locus self-charging mobile robots allow Port Logistics Group to keep pace with the growing direct-toconsumer market in a highly scalable 24/7 solution. The platform easily integrates with the company’s proprietary warehouse management system (WMS), EventTracker. Port Logistics Group will also integrate Locus with its ecommerce WMS, Whiplash, provided by its software partner Whiplash Merchandising Inc., a Silicon Valley-based technology firm which the logistics provider invested in earlier this year.

“We will evaluate the efficiencies gained with Locus after implementation and expect to more aggressively roll out additional robots at other facilities next year,” Stephens concluded.

About Locus Robotics
Locus Robotics transforms your ecommerce fulfillment productivity without transforming your warehouse. Our powerful and intelligent autonomous mobile robotic solution works collaboratively alongside workers to dramatically improve productivity 2X-3X faster, with less labor compared to traditional picking systems. This award-winning solution helps retailers and 3PLs efficiently meet and exceed the increasingly complex and demanding ecommerce fulfillment environments, easily integrating into existing warehouse infrastructures without disrupting workflows. For more information, visit www.locusrobotics.com.

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About Port Logistics Group

Port Logistics Group (PLG), one of the nation’s leading providers of omnichannel logistics services, announced its acquisition of Whiplash Merchandising, Inc in April of 2019. Now a PLG company, Whiplash Merchandising Inc. is an ecommerce technology company providing best-in-class integration, order management system (OMS) and warehouse management system (WMS) capabilities to emerging brands. Whiplash enables the digital, omnichannel supply chain with fulfillment technology that transforms complex retail requirements into fail-safe instructions for warehouse employees worldwide. For more information, visit: whiplash.com.

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