The Canadian division of the world’s largest sporting goods retailer will tackle the holiday rush with smart robots in its supply chain.

Decathlon Canada is deploying 55 Exotec Skypod mobile 3D robots across 30 distribution centres. The implementation is scheduled to go live at a facility in Montreal in December 2021, just in time to help the retailer meet the demands of holiday shopping and returns. Decathlon Canada expects to handle eight million items per year with the solution once it is fully rolled out.

French parent company Decathlon, which operates more than 1,600 stores across the globe, decided to implement the robots in its Canadian operation following successful warehouse automation with Exotec technology in other markets. Decathlon Canada will leverage Skypod to drive more efficient brick-and-mortar store replenishment and e-commerce fulfilment.

“We work with Exotec in a number of other regions and we expect this deployment to have a real transformational effect on our operations,” said Richard Tremblay, Logistics Leader for Decathlon Canada. “Speed and excellence in logistics are two critical elements to deliver great service to our internal and external customers. We are committed to a long-term partnership with Exotec with a progressive increase in the number of robots, in keeping with the overall growth of our business.”