Picture of the Week : CEVA Logistics to use Robots from Boston Dynamics in Los Angeles Transload Facility


CEVA Logistics, a world leader in third-party logistics, recently opened its 135,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art transload facility. Robots from Boston Dynamics will be used to serve CEVA’s customers at the strategically located site within miles of both the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles—two pivotal gateways for global trade and the U.S. economy. 

The new transload site is the only transload facility in North America to offer a cross-belt sortation device, enabling 10,000 parcels to be sorted every hour based on preselected variables such as size, colour or preferred carrier. The facility caters to automotive, consumer retail and technology companies and was constructed with efficiency and velocity in mind.

Leading innovation and technology solutions
CEVA will be one of the first logistics companies in the country to leverage Boston Dynamics’ state-of-the-art Stretch robots to unload hundreds of boxes per hour. The autonomous robots can operate continuously, improving efficiency and preventing safety concerns associated with using manual labour for the same process. Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot is also being used for security, patrolling the site. CEVA is also using One Network’s yard and warehouse management systems to ensure end-to-end visibility for its customers.

CEVA expects to process a total of 26,000 floor-loaded containers during the facility’s first year in operation and to double its capacity within three years. Beyond its impressive capacity, technology and automation, the site was designed to minimize its carbon footprint. Environmental initiatives, including rooftop solar panels and EV trucks powered by renewable energy sources, will be in service by January 2024.

Strategic location for supply chain customers

In addition to leveraging the Los Angeles transload warehouse, supply chain customers will also have access to CEVA’s drayage fleet and dedicated container chassis when moving product from port to warehouse. These offerings can alleviate transportation delays and avoid commonly experienced resource bottlenecks. The site features 50 dock doors and parking for 205 trailers.