Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt has taken a minority interest in Scallog, a French start-up that develops logistics robots. The chain hopes the technology will be used to develop applications that it can use in the future.
Scallog makes robots that help employees with order picking, so they can spend much less time themselves. Some large companies already use the company's services, such as Airbus, Decathlon and L'Oréal. "Scallog offers all the necessary elements to be supported by our group", CEO Jef Colruyt explained to Belgian newspaper De Tijd: he refers to the capacity for innovation, the specialised workers and the scalability of the technology. The Belgians have already carried out tests with Scallog robots and want to use them itself in the long run.
Scallog was founded in 2013 by Olivier Rochet and has a large testing and development centre in Nanterre, near Paris. The company currently has fifty employees, a number that will increase to eighty in the next eighteen months. Rochet's ambitions are to develop its company into the European leader of logistics robotics.