Nordstrom Expanding Warehouse Robotics Tech to Store and Sort Inventory More Efficiently

Jamie Grill-Goodman
Editor in Chief
Jamie goodman

Department store retailer Nordstrom has been reimagining its supply chain by connecting inventory across its stores and facilities within a market. Strategically pairing Rack and flagship stores with smaller Nordstrom Local stores in the same area, has helped the retailer increase access to both inventory and services.

Now the retailer is moving to modernize its approach to its supply chain facilities, expanding its work with two tech companies from its San Jose, CA, distribution center to its new Local Omni Hub facility in Torrance, CA.

Nordstrom has implemented Attabotics high density storage and Tompkins Robotics automation solutions to modernize the storage and sortation of products on the west coast. This technology allows Nordstrom to store and sort inventory more efficiently, ultimately getting these products into the hands of customers faster, it said in the Nordstrom Now blog, and uses up to an estimated 90% less footprint within its facility.

The Attabotics structure is able to house aisles worth of products in a compact space and is highly flexible so it can fit into a variety of spaces and can adapt to changes in customer demand. Tompkins Robotics utilizes small autonomous robotics to sort the products by orders, shipping destination and shipping timing. 

“We've had valuable learnings from implementing this solution in our San Jose facility to fulfill west coast beauty orders and will soon be expanding this solution to our new Local Omni Hub facility in Torrance, CA, to further support the LA customers in our largest market,” writes Nordstrom. “We hope that this technology will continue to get our customers the right product at the right place at the right time as well as reduce out of stocks, extended fulfillment and shipping delays. We look forward to seeing how we can continue to leverage this technology to fulfill customer orders and replenish store inventory even more efficiently”


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