Logistics facility RaaS (Robot as a Service) provider +Automation Inc. ("+A") which was jointly established by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui"; Head Office: Tokyo, President & CEO: Tatsuo Yasunaga) and GLP Japan Inc. in June 2019 and is owned 60% by Mitsui, will secure its first RaaS contract with Jun Co., Ltd. ("Jun"). The contract consists of a standard annual subscription together with the option to add robots when cargo volumes increase, making it a highly convenient service package.
The RaaS for Jun will use the "t-Sort" sorting robot system from China's Zhejiang Libiao Robots Co., Ltd. The use of t-Sort for shipping apparel products has been found to improve operational efficiency by 30% or more compared to conventional methods. In addition to t-Sort, +A plans to offer a number of other new products to the market going forward, including collaborative picking robotics solution "PA-AMR" from Japan-based Rapyuta Robotics Co., Ltd.
In Japan, the increase in volume of goods traded via e-commerce is not only pushing up warehouse work volumes, but also the level of quality required. Meanwhile, labor shortages due to population decline are becoming apparent and are expected to become an increasingly serious issue into the future. Mitsui will serve to solve these issues through the provision of RaaS via +A, and will also promote the development of a flexible logistics service (Logistics as a Service; LaaS) that contributes to improved safety and convenience.
|Official name||+Automation Inc.|
|Date established||June 18, 2019|
|Location||1-22-5 Nishishimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo|
|Business overview||Logistics robotics solutions offered only via monthly subscription fee (no initial installation or maintenance costs required).|
|Capital and capital reserve||¥450 million|