U.S. company Bell and Howell is to begin providing U.S. retailers with the smart locker technology Cleverflex, produced by Estonian delivery solutions company Cleveron.
According to the American company, the Cleverflex can store up to 2,500 packages simultaneously and deliver a customer's order from among them in under ten seconds.
"The system's modular design requires minimal space and can be easily integrated into a store's interior wall or installed as a standalone unit," the company said. "The overall number of consoles can also be customized to provide a more flexible solution for traditional retail locations with 10- or 13-foot ceilings."
According to Bell and Howell CEO Ramesh Ratan, as growth in e-commerce continues to rise, retailers are seeking solutions for the automation of the online order pickup process. "The launch of Cleverflex enables retailers of all sizes to provide a superior buy online, pick up in store experience for their customers," he said.
Cleverflex is making its North American debut via an exclusive agreement beween Bell and Howell and Cleveron that dates back to September 2015, when the Estonian company unveiled its smart locker solution Packrobot at PostExpo. Since the official U.S. launch of the Packrobot last March, more than 150 of them have been installed across the country, with several hundred more scheduled to be installed this year. Cleveron's goal is to produce 15,000 package robots for the North American market.
"Partnering with Bell and Howell has led to the rapid adoption of our automated click-and-collect pickup solutions on the U.S. market," said Cleveron founder and CEO Arno Küll. "We are excited to expand our partnership with Bell and Howell to deliver this truly unique solution to retailers and raise the standard for enhancing the in-store pickup experience."
The 2016 revenue of Cleveron AS increased by 29.7 percent to €3.3 million; its forecast 2017 revenue was €10 million, which is expected to increase to nearly €30 million this year.
The Estonian company employed an average of 53 people last year.
Editor: Aili Vahtla