Crate & Barrel Adopts Robotic Warehouse System
Crate & Barrel is now using the Kiva system in its Tracy CA distribution warehouse. This is the largest industrial facility in the country to achieve Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.
‘Our customers expect to get great value and service from Crate and Barrel, but they also care about our carbon footprint. This played a role in our selection of Kiva Systems,’ said John Ling, vice president of supply chain management and logistics at Crate and Barrel. ‘Kiva’s mobile robotic approach is not only the most cost-effective way to automate pick, pack and ship operations, but also the greenest. The robots themselves are energy efficient, plus the entire robot zone can be operated with almost no lighting.’
We think robots will finally win over us humans because they can operate with almost no lighting or in the dark and will eventually control parts of our supply chain.