This is reportedly the largest single round of fundraising in the logistics robot industry globally to date. Following this transaction, institutional investors of Geek+ will remain as financial investors.
Geek+ was founded in early 2015 and uses artificial intelligence to offer intelligent logistics robot solutions to customers. Its solutions cover storage, order picking, material handling and parcel sorting, and can perform a wide range of functions such as order division and consolidation, intelligent inventory replenishment and products return, SKU correlation analysis, robots route optimization, automated collision and congestion control, and dynamic shelf optimisation.
Yong Zheng, Founder and CEO of Geek+, said, “This round of financing will help us upgrade our business in three aspects. Firstly, we will accelerate the upgrading of our logistics robotics products and expand product offerings to cover more applications.”
“Secondly, we will accelerate our geographical expansion and industry coverage to provide our one-stop intelligent logistics system and operation solutions to more customers. Thirdly, we will start exploring overseas markets through multiple channels.”
The company claims to have delivered the largest numbers of logistics robots among its peers in China, delivering nearly 1,000 units of robots in warehouses for over 20 customers that include Tmall, VIPShop and Suning. Its customers include e-commerce platforms, third-party logistics providers, express delivery companies, offline retailers and manufacturers of apparels, pharmaceuticals, automobiles and electronics products.
In addition to this, it has established strategic partnerships with a number of key customers to co-develop customised AI and robotic solutions across different industries and applications.
Jericho Zhang, Principal of Warburg Pincus, commented: “As the AI technologies are maturing, we are seeing increasing market demand and new applications. In particular, the traditional, capital-intensive and labor-intensive logistics industry provides huge market potential for AI technologies. With the rapid development of China’s e-commerce industry, China’s warehouse management industry is undergoing transformational changes.”
“More complex warehouse operations and increasing costs are spurring demand for AI-enabled solutions, particularly logistics robots. The use of AI solutions and logistics robots has clear advantages in cost, efficiency and flexibility over manual warehouse management and other automation technologies.”
Since 1994, Warburg Pincus has invested more than $7 billion in nearly 100 firms in China. This Series B round marks its first investment in the AI sector in China. The firm is among the most experienced investors in China’s logistics industry, and its current portfolio companies include ZTO Express, ANE Logistics, Yunniao Technology and ESR Group in China.