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Active Ants’ robots


In October 2020 a bpost group subsidiary, Active Ants, opened its state-of-the-art e-fulfilment warehouse in Roosendaal. Robots and humans work together to pack up thousands of e-commerce parcels at the 20,000m² site.

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Active Ants’ robots

Harnessing technology to improve sustainability

Automation provided a huge boost to the efficiency of storage, order picking and sorting, while also improving working conditions for employees. But that’s not all, because the robotization has also reduced the environmental impact of the activities. The various packaging machines are able to adapt the box size to the content, weigh them and affix a shipping label. So filler is no longer needed to prevent the contents moving around in the box. Storage is also optimized, as the robots are able to store six times the volume in every square meter, using their own power source, which reduces the power consumption in the building.