LLOYD Shoes uses Mag­a­zino robots in warehouse

Autonomous pick­ing of online orders

Press releases

11. December 2019


Munich, Decem­ber 11, 2019 — The robot­ics com­pany Mag­a­zino signs the shoe man­u­fac­turer and retailer LLOYD Shoes GmbH as a new cus­tomer. From now on the first two mobile pick­ing robots from Mag­a­zino will be used in LLOYD’s dis­patch ware­house in Sulin­gen, Ger­many. The TORU robots will sup­port the employ­ees in pick­ing and stow­ing shoes in shelv­ing racks.

With the use of intel­li­gent pick­ing robot TORU, LLOYD is one of the inno­v­a­tive pio­neers in the indus­try. The con­tin­u­ing growth in e‑commerce and ever smaller batch sizes require automa­tion solu­tions that can be adapted flex­i­bly and scaled as required. Addi­tional TORU robots can be inte­grated into an exist­ing fleet in less than half a day.

Stephan Wieg­mann, respon­si­ble project man­ager at LLOYD says: “We are con­vinced that Mag­a­zino robots are an impor­tant com­po­nent for a flex­i­ble, scal­able automa­tion of our ware­house processes and help us to reflect the growth in e‑commerce and above all to sup­port our employees”.

One of the key ben­e­fits of TORU is its abil­ity to sup­port human col­leagues in their activ­i­ties and the easy inte­gra­tion into the exist­ing ware­house envi­ron­ment in Sulin­gen with­out any redesign of the ware­house itself. This enables TORU to relieve employ­ees of non-ergonomic tasks such as pick­ing from the bot­tom or top shelf, or par­tic­u­larly long walk­ing dis­tances in the ware­house. Thanks to numer­ous sen­sors, the TORU robot can per­ceive its envi­ron­ment, rec­og­nize peo­ple or obsta­cles in its path. This allows TORU to oper­ate in a safe way in par­al­lel with employ­ees. With up to 18 hours oper­at­ing time, TORU can also work at night or out­side core work­ing hours.

After the deliv­ery at the begin­ning of Decem­ber 2019, the first two robots are now explor­ing their new work­ing envi­ron­ment and are sub­ject to a num­ber of tests before being inte­grated into live oper­a­tions. Through a link to a global cloud and the use of Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (A.I.), TORU can con­stantly learn from its own expe­ri­ence in its daily work and share this knowl­edge with its robot col­leagues. This makes all of the robots con­stantly faster and much more robust in unknown situations.

The TORU robots are already run­ning at sev­eral cus­tomer sites in Ger­many and Europe. Among the users are the logis­tics ser­vice provider FIEGE Logis­tics and the online plat­form Zalando. Both have recently sig­nif­i­cantly increased their robot fleet. In con­trast to many other robotic solu­tions on the mar­ket, which either focused on sta­tic manip­u­la­tion or trans­porta­tion, TORU can pick indi­vid­ual items and trans­port them from A to B in the ware­house. Cov­er­ing both process steps, espe­cially indi­vid­ual item pick­ing within a vastly com­plex envi­ron­ment in live oper­a­tion is revolutionary.

The project team from LLOYD (project man­ager Stephan Wieg­mann, cen­tre), the TORU robots and engi­neers from Mag­a­zino for the implementation.

About LLOYD Shoes:
Since 1888, LLOYD Shoes GmbH has stood for high­est qual­ity in shoe pro­duc­tion. The great care to detail, the con­stant striv­ing to develop fur­ther as well as the imple­men­ta­tion of lat­est inno­va­tions in retail­ing together serve to posi­tion the tra­di­tional com­pany LLOYD as a trail­blazer when it comes to iden­ti­fy­ing and ful­fill­ing cur­rent cus­tomer require­ments. Founded by H. F. Meyer in Bre­men, LLOYD expanded world­wide, is mean­while inter­na­tion­ally estab­lished through the LLOYD Con­cept Stores and thus per­son­ally avail­able to cus­tomers in var­i­ous regions. LLOYD cur­rently sells its prod­ucts, which are avail­able in more than 56 coun­tries, at approx­i­mately 3,350 points of sale. Suit­able for men’s and women’s col­lec­tions, the prod­uct port­fo­lio cov­ers high-qual­ity leather goods such as jack­ets, bags or belts along with many other acces­sories. LLOYD Shoes GmbH employed an aver­age of 1,792 employ­ees in 2017, 715 of them alone in Ger­many. In the finan­cial year 2018, the com­pany recorded a con­sol­i­dated rev­enue of approx­i­mately 130 mil­lion euros.

Mag­a­zino GmbH devel­ops and builds intel­li­gent, mobile robots that per­ceive their envi­ron­ment and make their own deci­sions. These autonomous robots work along­side peo­ple and make processes in e‑commerce, fash­ion and pro­duc­tion logis­tics more flex­i­ble and effi­cient than ever before. With over 110 employ­ees in Munich, Mag­a­zino is the largest Advanced Robot­ics team in Europe. Magazino’s investors include Kör­ber AG, Zalando and Fiege Logistik.

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