The world's smallest fully automatic "micro logistics center" officially launched in Israel

Runner Express 22 May 2020 Views 38 Comments Warehouse

Israel is well known for its high-tech technology. In the largest city of Tel Aviv, Fabric has deployed the world's smallest fully automated "micro logistics center". Recently, Fabric announced that the logistics center was officially put into use.


Israeli logistics startup Fabric (formerly CommonSense Robotics) is a company dedicated to developing micro-order fulfillment distribution center technology.In October 2018, the company launched the world's smallest micro logistics center with an area of only 6,000 square feet.In July 2019, Fabric deployed the world's first underground automated distribution center in a parking lot below the Shalommeir building on Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv, Israel's second largest city.


The space is only 18,000 square feet (about 1672 square meters) and the average height is only 11 feet (about 3.35 meters).In such a low triangular space, Fabric deployed a complete set of automation equipment. After receiving the order, the cargo sorting robot will unload the box storing the goods from the shelf and hand it to the AGV on the ground. The bins were transported to the workstation, and the staff packed the goods according to the order quantity, thereby completing the rapid sorting of the order.Micro distribution centers also have multiple temperature zones for storing refrigerated or frozen items.


According to Runner Express, its biggest features are: small scale, small warehouse space, small footprint; it is as highly automated as a large logistics center; but it can be built into existing retail space; it can be built close to a consumer center Cities, not remote suburbs.The advantages of small scale can squeeze into underutilized real estate development projects that were previously thought to be too tight for warehouse infrastructure.


But its size obscures its efficiency. Thanks to the combination of robotic sorting system and AI software, it can prepare orders faster than ordinary human teams, usually in less than three minutes.It has two types of robots: one is a small transport robot that can move goods on the ground, and they are connected to the network center via WiFi.The ground is divided into grids similar in size to the transport robot. The transportation robot reads the QR code on the ground sticker through the camera to obtain the position coordinates. If the battery is low, the transport robot will automatically return to the charging station to charge the battery.


The other is a cargo sorting robot, which is larger than a transport robot. They can pull standard-sized boxes from a shelf and hand them to a storage robot on the ground. The central computer is the brain of the entire system, which can obtain information such as the position of all robots and schedule it overall.


In terms of business models, development company Fabric believes that e-commerce will become fragmented. The company focuses on small distribution centers. It does not want to work with Amazon or Walmart to optimize large warehouses, but instead targets small and medium-sized grocery retailers in cities that lack the technological edge.At a time when real-time e-commerce, social e-commerce, and independent sites are hot, e-commerce does show a decentralized trend. Even for a large e-commerce company like Amazon, the efficiency advantages of this "micro logistics center" are extremely attractive. It can be located in the city centre and other places where logistics centres could not be arranged before.


According to Runner Express, the upgrade of this micro logistics center will take some time. From the perspective of global e-commerce logistics distribution, if you can set up a warehouse (third-party overseas warehouse) in the target country, you can greatly improve the efficiency of logistics.


Israel Overseas Warehouse has many years of experience in self-operating overseas warehouses. Its strong and professional customs clearance team can provide warehousing and distribution services. Distribution covers the entire territory of Israel and can eliminate the effects of peak volume, weight and poor transportation routes. Customers can stock their products to overseas warehouses in advance according to market forecasts.


When Israeli buyers shop online on an e-commerce platform (such as AliExpress, eBay, Amazon Israel, etc.), the seller can place an order in the logistics management system, fill in the product to be delivered, the buyer's contact information, and select local Delivery method. The sorting robot in the overseas warehouse can find the goods to be delivered according to the seller's order requirements, and the staff will then make the local delivery overseas.


In addition to providing intelligent management of warehouse services, customers can also choose door-to-door or store-to-store delivery methods. Buyers who choose to enter the store can pick up at the convenience store within 30 days. It provides online order tracking and tracking services that can effectively improve the transparency of delivery and logistics. Users can check the status of the products on the website system anytime, anywhere, such as delivery time, delivery time, etc., and get notified throughout the process.