Royal Lemkes is the plant service partner of choice for major European retailers. They supply more than 125 million plants to 4,000 stores across 36 countries annually. For its retail partners, a successful, future-proof plant category rests on optimization and cost reduction in the supply chain, quick turnaround time and error-free performance. To achieve this and address the growing labour shortage, Royal Lemkes automate and optimize its operational processes with Lowpad AMRs.
Zone picking with Lowpads
Together, Royal Lemkes’ 300 operational employees covered about 5,000 kilometers daily. The company now has a new and more efficient way of registering and distributing plants. By automating the process with Lowpads, the right trolleys with incoming and outgoing plants are presented to employees at the right moment. Staff no longer have to walk 16 kilometres daily or move heavy Danish trolleys.
Smart human-robot interaction
Combining the data collected by Argos with Royal Lemkes’ own software affords a unique opportunity: employees and Lowpads can work together seamlessly thanks to a targeted, data-driven approach that manages the entire order picking and distribution process.
Employees receive clear information telling them exactly which plants to move and to which location. Lowpads handle the transport; employees handle the order picking. Unlike closed distribution systems, Lowpad offers an open system that enables humans and robots to successfully collaborate in the workplace.
The future is now
"With the shortage of temporary workers, it’s becoming even more important to integrate robots into our operational processes. This allows us to manage these processes more efficiently and find a better balance between permanent staff and automation."
— Cees van der Meij, owner Royal Lemkes