DSV Panalpina improves warehouse operations with drone systems

DSV Panalpina

In a collaboration with tech innovator Verity, DSV Panalpina is implementing an autonomous drone system in several of its warehouses to help manage inventory at the Moerdijk warehouse in the Netherlands.

The drone system can scan barcodes without human interaction and detect if pallet positions are empty or occupied. Operating mainly at night, the drones do not interrupt warehouse operations.

“The drones know down to each centimetre where goods are located, and the information they provide with their scans can be compared with information in our system. This helps us to increase the predictability and visibility of inventory,” said Luca Graf, Senior Director, Innovation, at DSV Panalpina.

DSV Panalpina has stated that the pilot demonstrated that manual counts can be avoided to a large extent and that inventory data becomes virtually error-free, thereby helping to reduce stock. Following the successful pilot, the drone system will be rolled out into more DSV Panalpina warehouses.

Source: DSV Panalpina