Walmart To Roll Out DC Robots

Walmart will implement the Symbotic technology system into 25 more of its regional distribution centres (RDCs) across the U.S. The system, which works to sort, store, retrieve, and pack freight onto pallets, was originally implemented and tested in its Brooksville, FL, RDC in 2017. “This move will fundamentally alter how products get to stores,” says Joe Metzger, executive vice-president of supply chain operations at Walmart U.S. He says the system uses a complex algorithm to store cases like puzzle pieces using high-speed mobile bots. By using dense modular storage, it also expands building capacity. And, by using high-speed palletizing robotics to organize and optimize freight, it creates custom store- and aisle-ready pallets, which take the guesswork out of unloading trucks. Walmart has 42 RDCs in the U.S.