“The Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) will help sort packages by pin code to increase the process efficiency”
Wallmart-backed e-commerce platform Flipkart has introduced Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) — the first of its kind — at its Soukya sortation facility in Bengaluru. The AGVs are a robot-based solution designed to sort packages by pin code, which otherwise require manual labour. The process is touted to segregate packages more efficiently and with precision. The company claims that automated vehicles will help it meet ever-growing customer demands, ensuring faster delivery and an enhanced experience for online shoppers.
This India-first initiative involves 100+ self-guided bots that automatically sort packages by identifying encoded information on each package. It will enable better throughput from an existing facility, removing the need for space expansion, and will enable the current manpower allocated to the task to be upskilled to do higher value-adding work — “all at a similar or lower cost,” as per the company’s claims.
Commenting on the launch of the AGVs, Krishna Raghavan Senior Vice President of eKart Tech at Flipkart said, “With the Automated Guided Vehicles, we are re-imagining new growth paths while orchestrating new and innovative ways of working. We believe this will help bring efficiencies, agility, and scale to the supply chain operations, helping us serve the customer better.” The e-tailer is further looking to enhance the country’s nascent automation ecosystem.
Flipkart plans to partner with startups and university campuses to drive innovation and research in the automation and robotic ecosystem space. The company will also set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Robotics & Automation that’ll bring engineer, product, and automation teams under one umbrella. The CoE will boost automation, along with adding more IoT devices, electric vehicles, etc.