Starlinks launches US$ 26.65mn hybrid logistics facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia    

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The amenity is equipped with over 250 autonomous mobile robots

Starlinks, a leading logistics and supply chain solutions provider in Saudi Arabia, recently announced the launch of the most technologically advanced fulfilment centre in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Located in Agility Logistics Park and adding to Starlinks’ 18 fulfillment centres across the Kimngdom, the facility comprises a storage area of 400,000sqft. It is equipped with 254 autonomous robots for picking and sorting, thereby providing storage capacity for over 12mn units.

Starlinks aims to process an average of 3.6mn units orders per month. Combining world-class technology and industry-leading know-how, the solution will provide market-leading flexibility, accuracy and agility. The facility will be fully operational by Q2-2023.

Acing an opportunity

With a total investment exceeding SAR 100mn (US$ 26.65mn), Starlinks championed an opportunity to address the ever-growing market demand and to stay true to its brand promise of providing the fastest e-commerce fulfilment cycle through an omnichannel fulfilment facility.

The project is aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to maximize the potential of the country’s non-oil sectors and bolster its role as a transit hub at the heart of the Middle East.    

Starlinks has partnered with Geek+ for automation technology, joining their top tier clientele, which includes Nike, Decathlon, and Walmart. The Fulfilment Centre is run on a hybrid model that employs both robotics and manual picking systems and sortation functions.

Adopting a working formula that involves both machines and humans, the company will bring promising top-end employment opportunities to over 500 talented Saudi Nationals.   

Multiple solutions  

“Our new solution comprises a pallet storage and handling storage system, a manual pick tower as well as a robotics solution allowing us to cater to a wide range of customer requirements and operations complemented by micro fulfilment centres distributed strategically across the Kingdom,” stated Salah Taha, Director of Operations, Starlinks.

“We are committed to driving further innovation in the logistics and supply chain industry in the region and reducing lead time to e-commerce shoppers,” he continued.

“Advanced automation and big data analytics enable us to better track and manage inventory, predict demand, and optimize routes for transportation thus helping us to increase efficiency, reduce operating cost and provide seamless services to our customers,” he further added.

Innovation

“Starlinks’ brand promise to innovate and deliver market-leading customer experience is demonstrated in this milestone investment. We are proud to represent the Kingdom’s commitment to the Vision 2030, with our most exciting innovation of 2023,” commented Gary Blythe, Managing Director, Starlinks.

The company provides direct and smooth integration with Shopify, Magento, WooCommerce, OpenCart, Amazon, eBay, and a further 60 platforms through direct APIs.

Starlinks is the first in the region to offer a hybrid picking solution that allows humans and machines to co-deliver a world-class efficiency manual picking operation, thereby leading to an unrivalled solution for e-commerce fulfilment, a press communique concluded.

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