Packrobat Automation (pick it // pack it // sort it)
Founded in the year 2000 coinciding with one of the largest culture changes seen in modern times; the birth of e-commerce. This was largely down to the internet shopping, home delivery platform being rolled out with intent.
For those inside the logistics arena it’s where the real work began and today this theme continues with ever increasing demands and constant innovation being directed towards the supply chain network.
We strive to implement cost effective streamlining and development of key end of line processes in any warehouse, simplifying order fulfilment through advocacy, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Over the last two decades we have integrated millions of pounds worth of automation, creating and sorting millions of parcels, delivered to millions of destinations …. PICK, PACK or SORT? …. then we are likely to be the right partner for you.
The Company got off to a flyer from day one, following the successful development and launch of one of the worlds first E-com (home delivery) packaging systems. The machine creates a robust film / corrugated combination pack (Q-12) designed to shrink-wrap single item and mixed multiple orders inside a unique style of carton, automatically formed and labelled ready to go!
Its timing was perfect, as release to market coincided with the then popular mail order, book and music club distribution streams, before quickly being overrun by the online ordering phenomenon we know today. The Q-12 system was developed alongside Cambridge University Press, who kindly invested in a prototype and with their blessing Q-12 was soon integrated inside a further 15 book distribution centres, spanning the UK, Eastern Europe, Channel Islands and USA. Today, systems can be seen handling a wide range of other products including multi-media, home entertainment, electricals, computer and office equipment.
Packrobat has always maintained a presence within the printing and binding industry and since receiving its first order in April 2000, has gone on to successfully integrate multiple Shrink-wrappers, Automatic Carton Packers, Palletwrappers and Conveyor Systems.
Development is still very much key to the business and for that reason have always maintained a wide pool of expertise and engineering partners to collaborate with, resulting in the design and integration of many bespoke machines across various disciplines and industry sectors.
Our credibility continues to grow among E-com and Wholesale distributors alike. We invest a lot of energy in widening our knowledge and sourcing capabilities, so we can offer some of Europe’s best in class packaging and sortation equipment, so our clients can concentrate fully on what they do best.
We understand today’s demands; the E-com platform puts tremendous pressure on distributors, who are challenged daily to deliver cheaper, faster, greener, branded parcels to their customers doorsteps.
Meanwhile wholesalers are being pressed to control costs to protect margin, which is being constantly eroded by the multi nationals and the E-com sector. As marginal gains are important it is worth considering; order consolidation, avoid shipping fresh, eliminate expensive void fill (good product to pack size ratio) and package goods securely and robustly to avoid unnecessary damage returns.
We have always understood the importance of peripheral business that surrounds any machinery sale; total project management, spare parts, engineering services, tailor-made service contracts and packaging materials, which have all been key to our and our clients success.
The decision to re-brand the business in 2017 was made easier by allowing the previous brand identity to underpin and celebrate the past successes of Packrobat Ltd. Looking ahead, the name change, new logo, website, fresh colour palette and business model are fully reflective of where Packrobat Automation Ltd currently sits, and has been launched to carry the business into the foreseeable future and beyond.
Phill Parfitt / Founder & CEO