Wincanton acquires warehouse execution software company

By Bethan Grylls

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Wincanton's latest acquisition aims to deliver more robotics and automation projects at pace for its customers.
Wincanton's latest acquisition aims to deliver more robotics and automation projects at pace for its customers.

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This latest acquisition of Invar Group Limited aims to accelerate Wincanton’s offering in robotics and automation.

This forms part of the supply chain partner’s robotics and automation roadmap to transform warehouse operations for its customers and follows its acquisition of exclusive UK and Ireland software rights for Zeus’ digital fright management technologies earlier this year.

Founded in 2005, Invar is a private company specialising in the integration of automated warehouse solutions powered by its proprietary software, the Invar Warehousing Software (IWS).

IWS is a configurable and scalable software suite, which intelligently orchestrates warehouse activity to enable the smooth integration of wider warehouse technology.

Commenting on the acquisition, James Wroath, Wincanton’s CEO, said: “This capability enhancing acquisition catapults us on our journey to become a leading integrator of automation and robotics solutions for supply chains.”

Wincanton has partnered with Invar on several occasions, and as the organisation moves under the group’s umbrella, it will continue to operate as a standalone business, with the incumbent team remaining at the helm.

“The Invar team is a great cultural fit, with a pedigree in developing and integrating best-in-class solutions. The combination of this, alongside Wincanton’s deep customer partnerships and operational expertise, will enable us to deliver more value, faster, for our customers,”​ Wroath added.

Wincanton, which works across a range of industries including retail, grocery and ecommerce, says there are already several projects under way which are focusing on autonomous mobile robots.

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