Wesfarmers’ online retailer Catch Group is increasing capacity by as much as 40 per cent by installing more than 100 mobile robots at its Truganina distribution centre in Melbourne.
The autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), supplied by German-based logistics company Körber, will enable Catch to pick an additional 2000 orders an hour and expand its range by 80,000 stock-keeping units to more than 1 million.
It is the biggest deployment of AMRs for an e-commerce marketplace in Australia and reflects the boom in online sales during the coronavirus pandemic and Catch’s ambitious growth plans, following its $230 million acquisition by Wesfarmers in June last year.
Catch’s sales, or gross transactions, rose 75 per cent in the June-half, lifting full-year sales by 49 per cent to $632 million. It had 2.3 million active customers at the end of June and customer numbers are rising by 30,000 every week.
“With the way e-commerce is evolving and the company is growing, we needed …