How does Decathlon use logistic robots to triple its efficiency?

The customer

Founded in 1976, Decathlon is one of the world’s largest retailers of sporting goods, present in 57 countries with 1647 stores globally. In China, the company owns two types of warehouses – e-commerce warehouses that deliver directly to the customer, and retail warehouses that keep their high street stores supplied, both of which are a vital part of their business.

The challenge

Due to the rapid growth of Decathlon’s e-commerce business, massive SKUs, and integration of RFID technology, the company’s manual pickers were unable to achieve the efficiency and accuracy crucial for Decathlon to meet its business goals.

Our solution
  • Geek+ provided an innovative warehousing solution for Decathlon’s e-commerce warehouse in Shanghai (Kunshan): an RFID technology-based Goods-to-Person picking and inventory program
  • The project area is nearly 3,500 sqm with 71 P800 robots
  • The total inventory was nearly 300,000 items involving more than 20,000 SKUs
The Geek+ impact
  • Throughput has increased from 22,500 to 35,000 items / day

  • Picking efficiency has reached nearly 300 items / hour, 3 times the efficiency of manual picking

  • Storage capacity has increased from 300,000 to 500,000 items

  • Innovative use of RIFD inventory: through atomization of inventory process, storage capacity has increased and simplified warehousing management

  • The Single-point station adopted has led to space being saved and has made the operation more flexible