Oct 26, 2020

Fetch Robotics and VARGO: The Future of E-commerce

Supply Chain
Retail
Robotics
Technology
Sam Scane
2 min
Robotics.
Soon we may see robots and software working in perfect sync to maximise efficiency and safety in one of the most demanding sectors of the modern world...

The growth of modern technology has drastically changed the landscape of e-commerce forever; from automation in warehouses to efficient software designed to maximise order fulfilment, ultimately designed to reduce human error and increase production across the board. Many companies employ their own techniques, but two big names have announced a team-up like no other. 

On the 22nd of October Fetch Robotics and VARGO announced their partnership to develop a new solution to e-commerce output, designed to combine their respective technologies. 

Fetch Robotics provides cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) designed to reduce costs, improve efficiency and productivity while working alongside people. From disinfectant bots to material handling, the future really is now. 

“The two optimisation engines complement each other perfectly because they each have a different view,” said Stefan Nusser, Chief Product Officer at Fetch Robotics. “COFE sees the world of warehouse processes, while our cloud robotics platform focuses on optimising the fleet and other issues, including navigation and travel to achieve the shortest paths and to avoid congestion. It’s a nice separation of duties, with the two solutions working hand in hand.”

VARGO has developed the first and most advanced Warehouse Execution System “COFE”, Continuous Order Fulfillment Engine, a software solution that can, in real-time, organise and synchronise all warehouse resources while maintaining a continuous flow of work for efficient fulfilment. 

“We are excited about our company’s formal alignment with Fetch Robotics to deliver further industry-leading, robust and expansive solutions for the challenges that e-commerce and distribution operations face,” said Bart J. Cera, president and COO of VARGO. 

The growth of e-commerce has pushed companies to find more efficient methods to not only meet order requirements but match their competitors, and with COVID-19 having drastically changed the state of the world this process of optimisation has only been expedited. 

“As e-commerce fulfilment operators face ever-increasing pressure to reduce labour and deliver higher levels of production in a more scalable and flexible way, the combination of VARGO and Fetch Robotics, under this alliance, provides a powerful and compelling fulfilment solution,” said Cera. 

The additional strain of these global changes uniting companies like Fetch Robotics and VARGO pave the way for a higher standard of e-commerce, one that fuses various ever-growing types of technology to create what may well become the gold standard for distribution operations. 

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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