Geek+ helps to automate Circle K
Circle K has opened a state-of-the-art distribution centre in Hong Kong to build supply chain resilience using technology and support customers with a wide selection of products and excellent services.
The 140,000 sqft. (13,000 sqm) distribution centre handles the deliveries of more than 300 Circle K convenience stores in Hong Kong, serving over 600,000 customers daily.
With large volumes bound for different destinations and a wide selection of products ranging from small everyday items to food and cold goods, Circle K Hong Kong wanted to automate its warehouse and streamline large-scale logistics processes.
In January 2021, the company decided to transform its operations with 100 Geek+ AMRs, to ensure the effective daily handling of over 1,000,000 products.
Lit Fung, VP and managing director of Geek+ APAC, UK and Americas, says: "We are excited to see our system support Circle K with the accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility needed to serve its wide network of convenience stores. Our AI-driven robotics system enables digitalisation for streamlining warehouse operations, which helps our customers improve competitiveness in an ever-changing environment."
AMRs will automate many time-consuming and strenuous tasks traditionally performed by warehouse employees, such as finding and moving goods around the warehouse. In turn, it creates a safer work environment for employees while improving overall employee productivity.
Bruce Ma, senior supply chain manager of Circle K Hong Kong, says: "With substantial challenges facing our team, we aim to improve customers' and employees' experiences by reinventing our supply chain using automation technologies."