For All Your
In-Store Transportation
Needs.

Automating
In-store Logistics.

At Coalescent Mobile Robotics we want to open the doors to the retail industry to take advantage of what the industrial sector has been taking advantage of for years… automation. On average, employees of the retail sector spend 40% of their time walking from one location to another, to carry out tasks such as pushing and pulling heavy trolleys, restocking shelves and general upkeep of the store. A lot of these tasks are laborious and repetitive and cause physical strains on the human body. We are here to automate some of these processes, so that workers can work efficiently and concentrate on more creative and rewarding tasks with improved working standards. 

We help the retail sector by both helping employers provide a better working environment for their employees, but also by reducing the time and cost associated with people walking long distance each day. We are offering a fully integrated system, that is easy to setup in the store, and requires minimal interaction from the employees.

Introduction

At Coalescent Mobile Robotics we want to open the doors to the retail industry to take advantage of what the industrial sector has been taking advantage of for years… automation. On average, employees of the retail sector spend 40% of their time walking from one location to another, to carry out tasks such as pushing and pulling heavy trolleys, restocking shelves and general upkeep of the store. A lot of these tasks are laborious and repetitive and cause physical strains on the human body. We are here to automate some of these processes, so that workers can work efficiently and concentrate on more creative and rewarding tasks with improved working standards. 

We help the retail sector by both helping employers provide a better working environment for their employees, but also by reducing the time and cost associated with people walking long distance each day. We are offering a fully integrated system, that is easy to setup in the store, and requires minimal interaction from the employees.

In-Store Transportation.

The types of transportation we support.

Click & Collect

- Orders are placed online.
- Order fulfillment happens between 7:30am and 3pm.
- Trolleys for order fulfillment vary in size from 6 to 12 baskets.
- Each trolley only picks products from one specific zone (frozen, dry goods...), but for multiple customers.
- The employee uses a tablet, which shows what product needs to be picked, and the location of the basket it is to be place in, on the trolley.
- The products are then brought back to the storage area and placed in the respective storage zones - frozen goods in the freezer and so on.
- Each basket has a barcode on it that has all the customer details.
- When the customer is ready to collect their shopping and employee will know what storage area hold the customers' shopping baskets.

Restocking

- Restocking happens when customers are not around (mainly at night or early in the morning)
- Pallets are delivered during the day and kept in the storage area until they are required.
- Pallets are then brought to the centre of the store and the product distributed onto trolleys.
- It takes an average of 6 trolleys to empty one pallet load of products.
- Trolleys are then pushed to the required aisles that need to be restocked.

Other Transportation

The Rosa Retail Nucleus

Our fully integrated transport automation system.

Mapping & System Setup

A map of the store is created and then with the help of the store manager we evaluate and define pick-up and drop-off locations for the different workflows.

User Interaction

Our Frida App has been designed and developed with simplicity in mind, with minimal interaction from the user. Use the app to tell our system; whether a trolley is full or empty; where it is located and what product is on it.

Automated Transportation

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Trolley Placement

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Charging & System Monitoring

Our R2N control system monitors the battery level of our robots, among other system health variables, and sends them to charge when required or sends a report of issues.

Process.

The way we integrate our system.

Store Evaluation


Our aim is to provide a system that is useful to our customers. To offer the highest return on investment, and to make the integration process smooth for all people involved, we need to understand how the store operates and what its challenge are. We have a standard checklist that we use to gain knowledge of the individual stores, so that we can offer a system that provides value to our customers, if there is value to be provided.
Areas that we evaluate are as follows:
- Processes to automate: Click & Collect, Restocking
- Throughput of products / orders
- Infrastructure of physical store and storage area
- Infrastructure of ERP system
- Transportation needs

Risk Assessment


Robots are very susceptible to their environment. A robot’s ability to perform its job safely and securely is heavily dependent upon its understanding of its surroundings. Once we have evaluated your store and we see that we can provide value to your organization, we move to doing a risk assessment of the environment. This helps us to highlight areas such as the ones in the list below, so that we can incorporate this when we integrate our system to your store.
- Emergency doors
- Busy zones and routes
- Automated doors

Full System Integration


Our system is comprised of the following components:
- The Rosa Retail Nucleus: server used as our central control system. This system is used for multi robot control and synchronisation.
- CMR-Serena: our fleet of robots for the transportation of goods within the store.

For full system integration we look at:
- Interface with store enterprise system
- Trolley types
- Operational data acquisition, data analysis and reporting
- Intelligent / optimised task execution via integration with ERP / WMS / PMS
- One stop-shop life cycle support

Risk Assessment


Robots are very susceptible to their environment. A robot’s ability to perform its job safely and securely is heavily dependent upon its understanding of its surroundings. Once we have evaluated your store and we see that we can provide value to your organisation, we move to doing a risk assessment of the environment. This helps us to highlight areas such as the ones in the list below, so that we can incorporate this when we integrate our system to your store.
- Emergency doors
- Busy zones and routes
- Automated doors

Full System Integration


Our system is comprised of the following components:
- The Rosa Retail Nucleus: server used as our central control system. This system is used for multi robot control and synchronisation.
- CMR-Serena: our fleet of robots for the transportation of goods within the store.

For full system integration we look at:
- Interface with store enterprise system, (in the simplest way possible?)
- Trolley types – maybe new design?
- Operational data acquisition, data analysis and reporting
- Intelligent / optimised task execution via integration with ERP / WMS / PMS
- One stop-shop life cycle support

Performance.

Value Proposition.

Return on Investment

Traditionally Legacy Grocers have been looking at a ROI of 2-3 years, but because of the shortage in the availability of human labour they are now having to look at introducing technologies with an ROI of greater than 5 years. Our technology allows retailers to stay within the original ROI expectations of 2-3 years.

Key Performance Indicators

We know that Legacy Grocers tend to have huge property portfolios, and that it is optimal for them to increase the sales per square meter of their stores. Our automation solution ties in with these requirements.
- We help increase order volume.
- Reduce inventory inaccuracies.
- We help increase throughput of products, and so the store has a greater level of fresh products.

Other benefits

- Increased efficiency
- Healthier working environment
- Reduced cost
- Upskilling
- Upgraded shopping experience
- Profit
- Unprecedented safety

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