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Rhenus Warehousing Solutions signs partnership with start-up Starnus Technology

Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Netherlands and Starnus Technology are pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic partnership, combining Rhenus’ industry leading logistics services with Starnus’ bespoke Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) technology.

The Rhenus-Starnus partnership brings together deep skills in logistics and technology, product ideation, technology development and deployment to help support the logistics operation through successful transformations. 

The benefits of a bespoke AMR offer a quick adaptability to peak season, without the need for extra robots and can be easily deployed for new customers. The modular solution of the robot provides flexibility and easier repairs, replacement and reuse of components and debugging which meets the requirements for sustainable solutions. 

The unique hardware and software developed by Starnus allows the AMR to be fully customized and adaptive in three main features, payload capacity, size, and type of cargo (e.g. pallet, single parcels, etc.). The robots are designed in a way that the change in features can be smooth, fast, and in a plug-and-play manner. The software recognizes the conducted changes, and all software aspects are reconfigured automatically. Thus, the entire adaptation process is smoothly carried out with minimal impact on the flow of operations. 

The partnership will consist of different phases including design & build, prototype testing and a pilot phase whereby the robots will be taken into operation at the Rhenus Tilburg location.

“We joined the Technical University of Eindhoven innovation eco-system offering us the opportunity to get in contact with start-ups including Starnus. This partnership can offer Rhenus a custom-made AMR design based on our specific needs for features, size, and capacity. We believe that through this partnership we can create a robot that meets and exceeds the needs of any 3PL company,” says Markus Simons, Managing Director for Rhenus Warehousing Solutions.

“In the startup ecosystem, we need powerful partners that dare to be part of outstanding disruptions to the logistics industry, and Rhenus is the right partner for our AMR tech. We are delighted to have Rhenus beside us in realizing this ambition, and our technology will not only bring a unique solution to the market, but will redefine its future too,” says Khashayar Mansourizadeh, Chief Executive Officer for Starnus Technology.

This partnership with Starnus perfectly aligns with the Rhenus Group’s ambitions to drive strategic growth through innovation and valued collaborations.

About Rhenus and Starnus

About Starnus

Founded with the belief that the future of industries will be shaped by two core technologies, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Starnus Technology was founded to bring the world closer to the era where humans don't physically perform heavy labor, and intelligent robots can take care of such intensive tasks for them. Starnus Technology with its cutting-edge modular and bespoke autonomous mobile robots, helps logistics companies become more flexible, automated, autonomous, and closer to industry 4.0 criteria via deploying intelligent and adaptive robots in their operations.

About Rhenus

The Rhenus Group is one of the leading logistics specialists with global business operations and annual turnover amounting to EUR 7.5 billion. 40,000 employees work at 1,320 business sites in more than 70 countries and develop innovative solutions along the complete supply chain. Whether providing transport, warehousing, customs clearance or value-added services, the family-owned business pools its operations in various business units where the needs of customers are the major focus at all times.

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