Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) has added two new fulfilment centres to its US network, taking the company’s facilities to 15.
A fulfilment centre in Miami is expected to open in December and a facility in Denver is scheduled to be operational during the first quarter of next year.
The centres are expected to benefit RSL’s eCommerce retailers as they can make use of a one-day to two-day delivery through ground shipping in the country.
RSL chief executive officer Michael Manzione said: “The continued growth of our fulfilment centre network provides our clients additional opportunities for reduced transit times and shipping costs when scaling their business.
“In addition, increased locations also provide a higher degree of redundancy in the case of inclement weather or components outside of our control, providing our client’s further peace of mind.”
The company makes use of advanced order fulfilment technology and autonomous mobile robots at its warehouses.
Several RSL facilities are currently using inVIA Robotics’ solutions to perform picking tasks and support warehouse personnel.
The company has plans to deploy more robots to additional locations next year.
The third-party logistics industry is expected to experience an increase in global parcel volumes to more than 100 billion in 2020.
In October 2018, Rakuten expanded its Rakuten Express door-to-door delivery service to 14 more cities across the Tokyo metropolitan area.