Bolloré Logistics automates its Miami hub

Bolloré Logistics

Bolloré Logistics is introducing automation capabilities in its Miami Hub with the acquisition of three Vertical Lift Modules (VLM). VLM is an automated solution aimed at maximizing storage space and optimizing the picking process. Integrated with its existing Warehouse Management System (WMS), the VLM will replace conventional shelving units and will allow to handle B2B and B2C activities for three different customers, improving throughput by 3 to 5 times.

The technology will enhance operational capabilities, offering up to 85 percent more efficiency compared to traditional storage solutions. It will also allow a reduction in retrieval times by more than 70 percent, as well as a decrease in inventory inaccuracies by up to 99 percent, and an overall boost in productivity of up to 35 percent.

VLM systems employ a combination of computer-controlled motors, highly sensitive sensors, and intuitive software interfaces to deliver multifaceted benefits, including optimized operational workflows, reduced costs, and enhanced customer satisfaction through faster delivery times and heightened service quality. Moreover, VLM systems provide enhanced security for stored items, reduce the risk of inventory damage, and improve ergonomics by delivering items to an optimal retrieval height, thereby minimizing the risk of workplace injuries.

Opened in 2017, the Miami Hub is a 200,000 sq.-ft, foreign trade zone facility. It consolidates freight forwarding and contract logistics activities to respond to the needs of beauty, luxury, healthcare, aerospace, and travel retail customers importing and exporting to Latin America and the Caribbean. A LEED Gold-certified facility, the facility also incorporates sustainable features: non-toxic building materials, water use reduction with high-efficiency flush, LED fixtures for interior lighting energy savings, and designated parking spots for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

The adoption of a VLM system is a strategic move that aligns perfectly with our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement within our operation. The VLM is not merely an advancement in technology; it’s a transformative tool designed to elevate our operational capabilities, streamline processes and significantly enhance efficiency. It represents a forward-looking investment that will deliver tangible benefits and solidify our position as a leader committed to operational excellence and innovation,” said Maritzabel Acosta, Operations Manager of the Miami Hub at Bolloré Logistics.

Source: Bolloré Logistics