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SCALLOG is Supported by the Intralogistics Specialist SPAN to Accelerate its Development in the Middle East.


SCALLOG is Supported by the Intralogistics Specialist SPAN to Accelerate its Development in the Middle East.

As part of its international expansion strategy, SCALLOG announces the signing of a commercial agreement with SPAN, a renowned player in the optimization and automation of distribution centers in the Near and Middle East.

During the Dubai World Expo where French innovation shines, SCALLOG agreed to enter into a partnership agreement with recognized intralogistics expert SPAN to market their “Goods to Man” robotic solutions in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. It marks SCALLOG’s desire to develop in a market with strong development potential, in search of innovative solutions to build the logistics of the future by capitalizing on a regional base, expertise in logistics, numerous references and a long-term relationship with SPAN. As Olivier Rochet, CEO of SCALLOG tells us: “We are pleased to partner with an intralogistics expert like SPAN who will bring our value proposition to the fastest-growing markets in the Middle East. A “made in France” robotic logistics solution, highly flexible and scalable, that automates and optimizes order picking, with agility and resilience, and with a constant focus on reducing costs and lead times.

An extremely heterogeneous and competitive market in search of innovation.

As in Europe, the Covid-19 epidemic in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula has accelerated changes in buying behavior and triggered a boom in e-commerce. According to the latest Market Research Feedback study commissioned by Tiktok, 90% of the users of this social network in Saudi Arabia, 83% in the United Arab Emirates, and 79% in Egypt have significantly increased their online shopping habits in 2020. In order to meet the new omnichannel requirements for consumers, the distribution centers in these countries must now rationalize and automate their logistics operations to increase productivity and accelerate their throughput while limiting their labor requirements.

Hoda Daniel, Strategy and Communication Director at SPAN, explains to us the specific features of the market: “The Middle East is a heterogeneous market, as diverse as the countries it comprises. Today, three countries stand out in terms of investment and the deployment of intralogistics resources: Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. However, they each have their own criteria in terms of regulation, infrastructure, etc… Companies in these countries are therefore looking for a local partner, an expert in intralogistics, who perfectly understands their specific needs, provides tailored solutions and builds long-term relationships, just like SPAN.”

A leading player in intralogistics in the Middle East

Founded in 1989, SPAN is a key player in the modernization of intralogistics in distribution centers, in terms of advice and technological solutions. With a team of over 370 associates and a presence in Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Beirut, the company has unrivaled experience in its market with projects completed in over 30 countries across all sectors of activity. In addition, it is well known for its wide range of automation solutions, from the most traditional to the most innovative, for optimizing all warehouse operations.

Walid Daniel, CEO of SPAN, comments, “Faced with the numerous upheavals caused by the health crisis, from the impact on demand to the changes in buying habits, coupled with the instability in our region, we are now witnessing a fragmentation of the intralogistics market. In this context, we wanted to expand our technological offer of mobile robots and shelving, more flexible and less expensive than traditional handling systems, in order to respond to the growing demand for agility and efficiency from our clients in the face of a new economic situation, namely a recovery with many uncertainties.”

Three key factors motived SPAN’s choice to endorse and market SCALLOG’s solutions, in addition to cultural similarities and common values: the technological reliability of the robotic solution proved in the field in Europe and transparently described in a technological roadmap, a value-added approach which means technology is used to optimize processes and a perfect understanding of operational requirements in order to build “tailor-made” solutions for clients.

Walid Daniel, CEO of SPAN, adds: “We are excited to add SCALLOG technology to our offer which moves us fully into intralogistics 4.0, combining automation, robotics, and data intelligence. This new offer guarantees our clients more agility and flexibility in their processes to adapt to changes and be creative in their business”.

Remi Badaroux, Partners Network Manager, concludes: “With SPAN, combining dual expertise, consulting and integration, our ambition, based on SCALLOG robotic solutions, is to quickly bring value to warehouses to enhance the customer experience and the competitive edge of businesses in the Middle East.

The two partners anticipate the first deployments of SCALLOG solutions in the first half of 2022.


Scallog Robotics at Newpharma: A Unique Realization in Collaboration with Smart Technics, Colruyt Group’s innovation pool

In conjunction with the SITL trade show scheduled for 13-15 September at Paris Porte de Versailles, Scallog is announcing a new contract in Belgium for the robotization of the new logistics platform operated by Newpharma, the Belgian online pharmacy that serves 1 million customers in 12 countries across Europe. The deployment of Scallog’s Goods-to-Person robotics solution at Newpharma’s new distribution centre, which spans 20,000 sq.m and can be expanded to 50,000 sq.m, is scheduled for the fall of 2021 and will be overseen by Smart Technics Ventures, the innovation unit at Colruyt Group, which holds a minority stake in Scallog. At SITL, Scallog will also be showcasing the latest addition to its lineup, the Flexytote robot, which will be demonstrated at the Warehouse of the Future, an immersive environment at SITL devoted to the smart warehouse and including a full line of innovations for the intralogistics of the future!


Here’s a look at how Colruyt Group forged a successful collaboration among three businesses: Newpharma, Scallog and Smart Technics Ventures!

As part of its plans to consolidate its operations in Wandre, Belgium, Newpharma will soon be inaugurating its brand-new logistics centre located on a site near the Port of Liege. Plans for this next-generation warehouse were launched in 2019, supported by the Belgian retail business Colruyt Group. Pierre De Lit, COO at Newpharma: “Each year, Newpharma records double-digit revenue growth, which, over time, has forced us to spread our activities across several sites in Wandre and Tongeren. We have therefore decided to build one large distribution centre to support our further growth and optimise our logistics flows. We will gradually put the new installations into operation. In the first phase, the site will cover 20,000 m². In 2022, we will expand the site to 50,000 m².”

The consolidation of Newpharma’s activities is accompanied by extensive automation, supported by Smart Technics. The mission of the engineering team of this Colruyt Group start-up is to integrate innovative solutions in a sustainable way. Jeroen Theys, Managing Director at Smart Technics: “In this project, we integrated the Scallog solution into Newpharma’s operational flow, from the delivery of the goods by suppliers to the dispatching of the packages to end customers. Several options were considered each time to optimise stock management, order processing, order picking, packaging and ergonomics for the employees. We are very satisfied with the collaboration, which has resulted in a phased plan that will enable Newpharma to respond more flexibly to future market developments and secure further sustainable growth.”

“Scallog is already active in this sector in France. We are particularly pleased that we can equip the new Newpharma warehouse in close cooperation with Smart Technics today. This means that yet another Scallog picking facility will be operational in Belgium”, Caroline Dumas, International Business Manager at Scallog, adds.

Here’s a closer look at the Flexytote, which will be in operational readiness at the Warehouse of the Future!

As part of its ongoing desire to include more immersive demonstrations and experiences for its industry visitors, the 2021 SITL show is showcasing a 600-square-metre smart warehouse dubbed the Warehouse of the Future, presenting the most innovative solutions on a real-life scale. The space will feature the Flexytote, a new addition to the Scallog product line, working under operating conditions to automate the transfer, loading and unloading of bins and boxes so as to speed up the order picking process.

As a truly lightweight, flexible robotics alternative to traditional workflow automation systems, the Flexytote is based on a simple but effective principle: robots move two or three tiers of empty bins or boxes to picking stations, deposit them on order buffer racks, then retrieve them and transport them to the packaging area once the operators have completed the orders.

The logistics benefits are immediate: automated two or three-tier supply on-demand to the order buffer racks, elimination of load handling and transport by operators, less physical strain and accelerated order picking.

With flexibility that is unrivalled on the market, the Flexytote solution is easily integrated into any existing warehouse and can be adapted to all changes in order picking flows; the mobile robots follow optical markings on the floor that can be repositioned if and when required. The Flexytote solution also stands out for its load capacity of up to 250 kg, the background tasks it can undertake, its ergonomics and logistics productivity and its ROI in under 18 months.


Cosmetics: To Cope with Booming E-commerce, Manufacturers Deploy Warehouse Robots

The cosmetics industry in France is a major driver of the economy. Despite the drop-off in exports caused by the pandemic, the sector achieved total revenues of over €15.7 billion in 2020 and leads the world with a 24% share of the global cosmetics market. The exceptional circumstances over the past year have had another effect on the industry – they have amplified consumer trends and pre-existing purchasing practices such as personalization, transparency and the boom in online sales. The net effect has been the total disruption of the product mix occasioned by, for example, the surge in demand for natural, healthy products and a fall in the demand for lipstick.

Against this background, in addition to its usual challenges – time to market, the growing demand for personalization and the management of peaks in activity – the cosmetics industry is being compelled to change and adapt its logistics model. Warehouses are having to automate storage and order picking without losing sight of the particular nature of personal care products – high unit values, tight technical specifications, critical shelf life and low individual despatch unit volumes – in order to be fully effective strategic assets, delivering products increasingly quickly and meeting new consumer expectations.

The benefits of Goods-to-Person robotization in meeting new logistics challenges

As new trends coalesce into a dynamic that demands a response, Goods-to-Person robotization – where robots transport shelf units containing goods to operators – is set to revolutionize logistics in the cosmetics industry.

– Given the change in consumer behavior and habits: In response to new consumption trends, today’s cosmetics industry is setting its sights on omnichannel sales and distribution together with digital technology. Consumers are demanding a simplified buying journey in every channel, from next-day delivery by e-commerce sites to click-and-collect, and a smooth item return process for online purchases. In warehouses, this rapid omnichannel delivery is translating into an exponential increase in retail order picking activity, which is both time- and resource-consuming.

Advantages of Goods-to-Person robotization: Besides reducing storage space by up to 30% using mobile shelf units where many products can be economically stored in small quantities, the Goods-to-Person robotics solution guarantees quicker picking of retail orders. It eliminates unnecessary movement and actions by operators to ensure the careful handling of fragile products. The gain in picking productivity can be as much as 40%.

– In this age of hyper-personalization: The other great challenge facing the cosmetics industry is the advent of hyper-personalized cosmetics where the ingredients and packaging are adapted to match consumers’ individual requirements. To this is added a boom in kits that allow consumers to make their own beauty products. The impact of these developments on warehouses is an increase in the range of products to be stored and picked, the need for short or on-demand production runs complying with the regulations on cosmetics (which are particularly demanding in Europe) and the need for personalized packaging combined with adherence to tight delivery times.

Advantages of Goods-to-Person robotization: Goods-to-Person robotization enables small quantities to be picked rapidly and moved seamlessly to areas where orders are personalized in terms of labeling, preparation and/or packaging.

– Ever-increasing trackability and transparency: Another fundamental trend rapidly becoming established in the cosmetics industry is the demand for natural products and the consumers’ need for transparency, reinforced by the Covid-19 crisis. Consumers now want sustainable products, in phase with their concerns, together with all the necessary information on their ingredients, origin and manufacturing process. Their desire to care both for themselves and the environment looks set to continue as “clean” beauty, eco-friendly packaging, short supply circuits and products made in France gain in popularity. Trackability of products in the warehouse is a key factor in meeting the consumer-driven demand for transparency.

Advantages of Goods-to-Person robotization: Scallog’s Goods-to-Person robotics solution makes it possible to optimize locations according to batches, expiry dates, etc., and to ensure flawless trackability throughout the picking process.

– And therefore security: This demand for trackability is linked to that of security. Cosmetics products are recognized for their high monetary value, which increases the risk of theft. Cosmetics manufacturers must mitigate the risk of products “flying away” from warehouses that run a multitude of processes and are often staffed by a high proportion of temporary staff. Any solution that helps to combat theft and shrinkage improves the manufacturer’s margin.

Advantages of Goods-to-Person robotization: The Goods-to-Person system is based on a fully enclosed and secure storage area in which robots operate, moving shelf units. In addition, when picking orders, operators are guided and monitored in everything they do.

– Many triggers that cause peaks in shopping activity: The cosmetics industry today offers consumers many incentives to shop in order to boost its sales. To the traditional festive season, always a time of high shopping activity, are now added promotional offers, Valentine’s Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and similar “special” events that result in booming sales of perfumes and cosmetics over a few days. Warehouses must once again cope with a significant increase in order picking over a short period.

Advantages of Goods-to-Man robotization: Scallog’s Goods-to-Person robotics solution absorbs peaks by smoothing order picking efficiently and cost-effectively. It handles increases in order picking requirements by extending its operating times, only needing limited additional human resources.

A competitive and dynamic sector, the cosmetics industry is having to reinvent itself and its logistics model in response to today’s unusual situation. The main post-Covid-19 challenges, wide-scale sustainability and “naturalness” – natural ingredients with recyclable, zero-waste packaging – all represent sources of growth for the industry. Goods-to-Person robotization can play an important role in maximizing this opportunity as its flexibility, adaptability, productivity and sustainability are guaranteed!


WESCO Doubles its Robot-Enhanced Warehouse Zone with Scallog

Wesco – a specialist for healthy child development with products such as furniture, games and school utensils  – is rapidly expanding its range and is therefore doubling the Scallog Goods-to-Person robot zone at its Cerizay logistics platform in summer 2021.

Wesco, a French SME established in 1975, creates, manufactures and distributes fun and innovative products for children: furniture, games, educational material, motor skills modules, etc. It markets its 15,000 products to families and professionals working with children via mail order and via its e-commerce website. Today, the company exports its goods to 60 countries.

In response to its growing activity, Wesco will be doubling the Scallog robotized storage area at its logistics hub in the West of France in the summer of 2021. The company’s growing B2B and B2C order flows require increased storage density, a boost to productivity and an accelerated order picking rate. This logistics expansion project will allow better product availability and shorter delivery times, thereby increasing satisfaction amongst Wesco’s wide range of customers.

Arnaud Gaborieau, Wesco’s Logistics Manager, states: “Our logistics performance must reflect our company’s image, which combines innovation and quality with the enduring aim of satisfying our clients. Building on the success of our first Goods-to-Person project with Scallog, we are doubling the capacity of our robotized storage zone to increase our productivity and responsiveness. Once again, Scallog is supporting us in our growth, helping us to absorb our ever-increasing order picking loads and the peaks in our activity that typically occur at the start of the new school year and in the lead-up to the end-of-year holiday season.”

In summer 2021, the robotized storage zone will double to 1,000 m2: it will include 20,000 storage locations and 24 Scallog Boby robots, which will service four ergonomic workstations. These workstations will be able to be used for both picking and replenishment operations.

Furthermore, Wesco has also worked with Diplex on constructing a mezzanine above the Scallog zone to increase storage density. 

In conjunction with the INFFLUX BEXT WS solution, Scallog’s warehouse control system will optimize orders and the management of storage locations, accelerating picking rates and the ability to handle the company’s ever-increasing number of products.

Guided by a Pick-to-Light system, each operator will be able to manage up to 100 orders in parallel at its workstation, which is coupled with a conveyor system that enables goods to be routed to a number of further warehouse zones.

Doubling the size of the existing simple and easy-to-install Scallog Goods-to-Person robot system will take less than a month. With the new facility, Wesco anticipates a 100% increase in the number of order lines processed per hour, and ensures optimum use of the warehouse area.


E-Food: Farmy Switzerland Continues its Growth with Scallog Robots

The boom in e-food orders gives an ongoing boost to Farmy, the swiss online shop for regional and organic products. In the city of Winterthur, Farmy clients benefit from now on from free deliveries. Warehouse robots from Scallog support the order preparation specialists in the central logistics hub in Zurich. 

Farmy continues to increase its activities. Following a sales rise during the Covid lockdown, the order numbers keep on growing for the swiss company. Most clients that have realized an order for the first time last year got convinced by the high quality of Farmy products – even beyond the Covid period. The constant progression of the sales turnover confirms that consumers trust in the eFood shop.

Free deliveries in Winterthur region 

Farmy enlarges its cost-free shipment zone (Zone A).  Electrical vans supply customers as well in the Winterthur region with the ZIP codes 8400, 8404, 8405, 8406 and 8408. This area is principally without delivery fees.

Support by Scallog robots in the warehouse

The skyrocketing orders require more storage capacities. In order to obtain a densification of the available warehouse space, Farmy has opted for Scallog’s solution. Since spring 2021, the eFood company is assisted by robots in its central HUB in Zurich. Scallog proposes an efficient and innovative goods-to-person system. This solution permits automation in the warehouse zone for dry products with long conservation duration.

In a conventional warehouse, employees have to walk many kilometers to pick an article. In Farmy’s hub, from now on Scallog robots are executing this task. They transport mobile shelves with products to the order preparation specialists. This principle allows a densification of the existing storage space and an important easing concerning the physical work of the warehouse staff. Thus, Scallog enhances ergonomy and security for warehouse employees.

Each morning, fresh products – vegetables and fruits, meat and dairy products  – are delivered by local producers that are partners of Farmy. The packaging of these products is realized manually.


More about Farmy

Farmy proposes more than 14’500 carefully selected products. They are provided by 1’200 authentic producers. With a performant logistics concept, Farmy ensures the quick and eco-friendly delivery of these products straight to the consumer’s front door. Deliveries are realized by a fleet of nonpolluting electrical vans. In the metropole regions of Zurich, Winterthur, Lausanne and Geneva they are even free of charge. Farmy’s product range contains a big variety of fruits and vegetables (most of them are organic), countless cheeses from swiss cheese manufacturers, a big offer of fresh meat directly from the butcher, crispy delicacies and sweet temptations made by real bakers and patissiers. Articles for the pantry and even sanitary products are proposed too.

More about Scallog 

Scallog is a french entreprise specialized in the development, production and distribution of automation systems for the warehouse sector. With a sound know-how in logistics and engineering technologies for software and hardware, Scallog proposes efficient solutions for the complex needs of logistics professionals in various sectors.  

Scallog was founded in 2013. The headquarter and R & D centre is in France. Subsidiaries exist in several countries, such as Germany, Spain, Brazil and Singapore.  

This article originally appeared here. Republished with permission. 


Scallog, the French logistics Robotics Specialist, Sets Sail to Conquer the USA in Agreement with Bastian Solutions.

Under its strategy of international development, Scallog has signed a major commercial agreement with Bastian Solutions, an integrator and one of the world’s top 20 logistics automation solutions providers, to market the Scallog goods-to-person robots for warehouses on the other side of the Atlantic.

Scallog, one of the leading suppliers of logistics robots in France, has
signed an integrator agreement with Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics company, and a long-established intralogistics expert in the USA. The purpose of the agreement is to launch and market Scallog’s goods-to-person robotics solutions in the US. These solutions are designed to meet logistics challenges in a wide range of industries including food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, publishing and spare parts.

The American warehouse in the age of agility and flexibility!

The acceleration of eCommerce (up by over 32% according to eMarketer) and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the supply chain mean that warehouses in the USA are speeding up the automation of their operations to gain agility, shorten delivery times and increase service quality. The North American market has great potential for Scallog as only 5% of warehouses are fully automated and 15%, semi-automated (according to DHL). The Scallog robotic solutions – which compete with Amazon’s Kiva robotic solutions – meet the challenges currently facing logistics operators of automating their order picking process rapidly and flexibly at the lowest possible cost and without affecting their current systems.

The French innovation backed by a recognized intralogistics expert in the USA.

Bastian Solutions has added Scallog’s robotized order picking solutions to its offering in order to meet the growing need for agility and resilience among its logistics operator customers. The benefits of the Scallog solution include an ROI of under two years and flexibility, scalability and upgradability. These were determining factors in Bastian Solutions’ choice of Scallog as its collaborator in the supply of robots to transport shelf units to operators. With Scallog, American logistics operators can now embark on, and grow, their warehouse automation to meet their evolving requirements, spreading their investment and continuing their operations and/or production uninterrupted.

The agreement with Bastian Solutions is part of Scallog’s strategy of phased international development. Joining forces with a well respected local player such as Bastian Solutions gives Scallog more rapid access to the US market due to its partner’s understanding of local conditions and ability to provide local support and high-quality services. Bastian Solutions, an integrator ranked among the world’s top 20 suppliers of logistics automation solutions, employs 1,000
people in 20 national offices and its subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Mexico and India. Over 30 of Bastian Solutions’ employees have already been trained in Scallog solutions as part of a skills transfer, and co-marketing activities will begin in the first quarter of 2021.

“This collaboration illustrates a change in scale in our strategy of international expansion, in line with our ambitions for deployment and commercial presence in key markets. The United States represents a new Eldorado for logistics robotics, where our value proposition for the automation of order picking has everything required to meet the growing demand for efficiency, agility and resilience in American warehouses”, says Olivier Rochet, CEO of Scallog.

Olivier adds: “We are delighted to be associated with a recognized intralogistics expert such as Bastian Solutions, which represents the ideal American partner inasmuch as our offerings, expertise, services and values complement each other so well. Bastian Solutions’ position, experience and in-depth knowledge of automation will accelerate the bringing to market, adoption and development of our vertical robotics solutions for the warehouses of the future in the USA – connected, digitalized and robotized”.

“We must continuously add technologies that address the growing demand and changing landscape order fulfillment providers face. Scallog’s technology will help us continue providing our customers with the competitive advantage they need to stay ahead in today’s market. We’re looking forward to introducing Scallog to our global network of clients”, enthuses Marvin Logan, Vice President of Consulting and Integration at Bastian Solutions.

The companies anticipate the first installations of Scallog solutions in the first half of 2021.


About Bastian Solutions:
Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics company, is a trusted supply chain integration partner committed to providing clients a competitive advantage by designing and delivering world-class distribution and production solutions. By combining data-driven designs, scalable material handling systems, and innovative software, the company helps clients across a broad spectrum of markets become leaders in their industries. For more information, visit

About Scallog:
Founded in 2013, Scallog is a French company that designs, manufactures and markets robotics solutions for the logistics sector to boost warehouse agility and productivity for 3PL, e-commerce, distribution and manufacturing companies. In light of changes in B2C and B2B consumer demand patterns, particularly in terms of product availability and delivery, the Scallog solution helps companies accelerate order picking and absorb peaks in activity, whilst reducing arduous working conditions for employees and helping to phase investment. Its goodsto-person range includes the best “intelligent” decision-making and execution software and mobile robotics, meeting the need of logistics operators to increase order picking flexibility and integrate automation more widely in their warehouses. With over 30 different customers to its name and substantial funds raised, Scallog – the pioneer of scalable, flexible logistics robotics – is now aiming to boost its growth across Europe.