Bolloré Logistics automates using vertical lift modules

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Bolloré Logistics, a global leader in logistics and supply chain solutions, 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 three to five times.

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

“The adoption of a VLM system is a strategic move that aligns perfectly with our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement within our operation,” said Maritzabel Acosta, operations manager of the Miami hub at Bolloré Logistics. “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.”

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 square-foot, foreign trade zone facility. It consolidates freight forwarding and contract logistics activities to respond to the needs of beauty, luxury, health care, 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, designated parking spots for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.