Walmart taps Symbotic to improve efficiency of distribution centers

Symbotic, a robotics and automation-based company, has partnered with Walmart to improve the efficiency of the retailer’s regional distribution network.
Walmart retail store associatesSymbotic first implemented its system in Walmart’s Brooksville, Florida distribution center in 2017. Since that time, the companies have worked together to optimize the system. Symbotic will begin the process of outfitting 25 additional regional distribution centers with the high-tech system.

By implementing Symbotic’s system, Walmart will better modernize and digitize its existing supply chain facilities to support evolving customer demand and create a frictionless experience. The retailer will create training opportunities for associates that open the door for jobs of the future, increase productivity and reduce costs.

Symbotic’s system deploys a fleet of fully autonomous robots in combination with proprietary software to deliver industry-best throughput and efficiency, while increasing warehouse capacity. With the new system in place, it will help reduce the time it takes to unload, sort, and stock freight in Walmart stores, said Joe Metzger, executive vice president of supply chain operations, Walmart U.S.