Lessons In Service Transformation

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Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff

In the retail space, "drive" robots are fast becoming a popular choice for companies looking to not only out compete Amazons of the world but also to get ahead of the curve by fulfilling online orders faster. Tompkins International, a U.S.-based supply chain consulting firm, has introduced a robotic drive unit (essentially a mobile robot) that helps retailers cut processing time by helping them sort items faster than humans can. Four of the country’s top retailers are among its clients, and the company says some of its other customers plan to deploy the Tompkins t-Sort robot to help meet same-day or next-day delivery orders from stores.

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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.