Name of the product or service

Brightpick Autopicker fulfillment robot

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Product or service description

Brightpick Autopicker is the world’s first autonomous mobile picking robot for order fulfillment. It is the only commercially-available robot capable of both picking and consolidating orders directly in the warehouse aisles.

The robot’s patented two-tote design enables it to retrieve storage totes (bins) from shelving and robotically pick individual items from those storage totes into an adjacent order tote. It does this repeatedly as it moves through the warehouse until the order or batch has been fully picked.

Brightpick Autopicker is like a human with a cart, moving through the warehouse aisles and autonomously picking and consolidating orders.

In contrast to other fulfillment robots, Brightpick Autopicker does not need to travel back and forth to centralized picking stations, which means faster picking and higher throughput.

In addition to in-aisle robotic picking, the versatile Brightpick Autopicker can be used for tasks such as Goods-to-Person picking, pallet picking, stock replenishment, dynamic slotting, order consolidation, buffering and dispatch.

The robots can reliably pick everything from ambient and chilled groceries to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, packaged goods, cosmetics, electronics, polybagged apparel and more.

Brightpick Autopicker is fully patented and powered by proprietary machine vision and AI. Its advanced AI algorithms have been trained on more than 500 million picks to date and use machine learning to improve with each pick. All Brightpick Autopickers are connected to the same universal AI, ensuring that learnings and operational improvements automatically propagate across all of its live robots deployed in warehouses worldwide.

The entire Brightpick Autopicker fleet and fulfillment process in each warehouse is precisely orchestrated and optimized by Brightpick Intuition software, which ensures overall system throughput is maximized.

Distinction from the competition

All other existing automated storage and retrieval systems for order picking are based on a Goods-to-Person principle. This means their robots have to retrieve products from storage, bring them to a fixed location for picking, and then return the remaining products back into storage. This results in a lot of unnecessary travel for the robots, which slows down picking, reduces throughput and adds cost.

By contrast, Brightpick Autopicker robotically picks and consolidates orders directly in the warehouse aisles. It does not need to travel back and forth to centralized picking stations, which means faster picking and higher throughput. All this leads to companies needing fewer robots and labor to fulfill orders, resulting in reduced costs and improved ROI.

Other companies have tried in-aisle robotic picking in the past and all have failed because they tried to pick items directly from shelves, which became a total mess and complicated replenishment. Brightpick Autopicker’s patented two-tote design solves this problem.

In addition, Brightpick Autopicker also offers Goods-to-Person picking for heavy or hard-to-pick items. The robot automatically takes those items to a centralized Goods-to-Person station, ensuring 100% pick reliability at all times. This enables customers to maximize their labor savings with robotic picking without worrying about every single SKU being robotically pickable.

The Brightpick solution takes just weeks to deploy and enables companies to reduce their picking labor by 98% and cut picking costs by half.

The robots work with standard shelving and totes, enabling fast deployment and easy integration with any warehouse environment, including existing operations and mezzanines.

Product or service innovations

Brightpick Autopicker was revealed in February 2023 and publicly demonstrated for the first time at ProMat in March 2023. The first customer installation of Brightpick Autopicker was completed in November 2023 in the Prague distribution center of Dr. Max Group, one of Europe’s largest pharmacy chains with more than 3000 pharmacies across 17 countries.

In addition to Brightpick Autopicker, the company also offers Brightpick Dispatcher robots, which enable warehouses to fully automate post-pick order consolidation, buffer and dispatch. Brightpick Dispatchers are ideal for distribution centers that need to consolidate large orders consisting of multiple totes or small cases, and buffer those orders before dispatch.

Customer case study

Rohlik Group, one of the largest e-grocers in Europe with more than 1.5 million customers and 12 million orders per year, is rolling out Brightpick Autopicker and Brightpick Dispatcher robots across its entire warehouse network.

Brightpick’s first installation with Rohlik Group was in the Munich fulfillment center of Knuspr (Rohlik’s brand in Germany). That installation consists of 49 Brightpick Dispatcher robots.

Knuspr is currently in the process of deploying another 50-60 Brightpick robots in its Berlin warehouse in Q1’24, followed by additional installations in Frankfurt, Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

Below is a video case study of Brightpick’s installation with Knuspr in Munich, which includes an interview with Rohlik Group’s Chief Automation Officer:

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