What started as evo’s founder selling winter sports apparel from a Seattle dorm room has become a multi-channel sports retailer. Over the past 20 years, evo has expanded into surf, cycling, travel, and more with stores across the US and Canada.
In 2019, evo moved into their new 165,000 square-foot warehouse shortly before the holiday peak season. Furthermore, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shifting the sales focus online caused a sudden increase in demand.
The sports retailer’s goal was to:
evo needed a picking solution that was both flexible and scalable enough to meet seasonal demand while driving productivity. Due to a longstanding and successful Warehouse Management System (WMS) partnership, evo trusted Körber to:
Evo realized a number of key benefits within just a few months of introducing AMRs, including:
What started as a college student selling winter apparel from his Seattle dorm room has grown into evo – a leading online retailer of outdoor gear and apparel. The sports retailer has expanded over the last 20 years into surf, travel, cycling and more. evo has three stores in the US and five in Whistler, Canada. However, 70 percent of its revenue is generated through online sales. Moving into a 165,000 square-foot warehouse in 2019, evo was aware it needed 10-15 extra staff per shift to maintain seasonal peaks. They had previously struggled to find temporary workers to meet these huge spikes, often seeing peak days that were 10 times higher than typical sales periods. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 put additional pressure on evo’s fulfillment operations. It was clear evo needed a solution to rapidly scale to demand peaks, while also driving productivity and responding to new challenges brought on by the global pandemic.
A number of options were considered – from conveyors to pick and pass solutions – but all aside from AMRs were too disruptive, expensive and slow to market. Having worked previously with Körber for a WMS, evo trusted Körber to implement their AMR solution.