“Warehouses are more plentiful than ever, as retailers and logistics companies scramble to add more space in more places. Retailers must get as close to their customers as possible, as shoppers order online more often and demand shorter delivery times.”
Locus Robotics is raising serious cash in its bid to automate warehouses, bringing industry investment to $70 million this year.
Locus Robotics (www.locusrobotics.com), the award-winning provider of autonomous, mobile robots for use in e-commerce fulfillment warehouses, today announced it has secured $25 million in Series B funding led by Scale Venture Partners (www.scalevp.com), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm investing in the future of work.
It has become imperative for retailers of all sizes to automate fulfillment. That’s created a huge opportunity for robotics companies.
Locus Robotics Raises $25 Million in Round Led by Scale Venture Partners Locus Robotics Corp., whose robots help workers fulfill e-commerce orders, raised $25 million in a funding round led by Scale Venture Partners that the company plans to use to develop new products and expand into new markets.
Optimization logic ensures totes come close to cubing out if the LSP has product cube information. There is also optimization logic for ensuring that the bots move through the warehouse efficiently.
Locus Robotics makes mobile robots and software for use in fulfillment warehouses; the system is designed to work collaboratively with human workers to speed up the order fulfillment process (and reduce operating expenses).
Locus Robotics Corp., whose robots help workers fulfill e-commerce orders, raised $25 million in a funding round led by Scale Venture Partners that the company plans to use to develop new products and expand into new markets.
Locus’s turnkey robotics solution enables warehouse operators to achieve more efficient e-commerce fulfillment operations, while simultaneously managing both labor costs and seasonally fluctuating order volume.
Finding workers willing to work in the warehouse is becoming a problem. Logistics service providers (LSPs) are beginning to think that robots are the answer.
We hear a lot in the news about robots replacing workers, how do you see the increase in robots affecting the workforce at DHL? What is the reaction from DHL workers to these new robotic co-workers?
Given that our team has almost five years of experience working with the Kiva solution, we understand, first-hand, how robots work in the warehouse and interact with workers. Plus, our historical business automating warehouses has given us great insight into how warehouses work, so that we can address the real challenges of fulfilling millions of… Read more »
Warehouse operators are looking for ways to automate their operations to meet increasing demands for e-commerce fulfillment services and to compensate for what appears to be a growing shortage of workers.
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Locus Robotics has reached a deal with Supply Chain Services on the sales and marketing of its warehouse automation systems.
Some packages will arrive more quickly than others, and in Devens, Massachusetts, speed and efficiency are the focus of a team of people and robots.
Market share of global Autonomous Mobile Robots industry is dominate by companies like Locus Robotics…
These are autonomous mobile robots, called LocusBots, that work safely alongside human employees to deliver higher e-commerce and less-than-case fulfillment throughput and efficiency.
“We use automation and technology to scale capacity quicker and more efficiently while mitigating the challenges around labor availability, cost and flexibility…”
It’s tough to articulate a far-future vision of the convergence of people and technology, but through stories, we’re able to make sense of how disruptive technologies may improve the lives
DHL is testing collaborative robots that work alongside people to fill e-commerce orders in Memphis. Locus Robotics, which supplies the robots, also uses them at its sister company, Quiet Logistics, for apparel order fulfillment.
Locus robot receives picking instructions from a WMS and travels to a pick location. The associate sees picking instructions, including the item to be picked, the picking location and the quantity, on an iPad screen.
Host Brittanie Campbell-Turner speaks with Bruce Welty about the practical implementation of robotics in e-commerce, fulfillment warehouses, and beyond.
Supply Chain News: Is the Right Blend a Lot of Both Humans and Robotics Working Side by Side in Distribution Centers?
Lights Out Warehousing may be somewhere down the road, but for now robots supporting humans seems to the winning concept.
Architects Newspaper – Robotics and Fulfillment Centers are Reshaping Retail – and Cities Could be Next
E-commerce companies like Quiet Logistics, along with online retailer behemoth Amazon, are using new autonomous robotic technologies like Locus Robotics to redefine retail and transform the architecture of fulfillment.
Companies are racing to develop ‘collaborative’ robots to increase e-commerce fulfillment rates and employee productivity.
Facing more pressure to speed orders more quickly to customers, a rising number of companies are using high-tech robots in their manufacturing process.
You’d be hard pressed to find a retailer with any e-commerce aspirations that isn’t revamping its operations with an eye toward automation and efficiency.
Locus Robotics created LocusBot to complete the warehouse tasks of bringing goods to humans for packing.
Locus Robotics introduced the Locus Robotics Advanced Navigation (LRAN) solution to enable multiple autonomous robots to work collaboratively alongside workers in busy retail and third-party-logistics warehouse fulfillment operations.
Locus Robotics’ new LRAN technology (Locus Robotics Advanced Navigation) allows multiple robots to work collaboratively alongside humans to maximize productivity. Locus’ systems are already deployed in a number of warehouses across the country.
Locus Robotics opens its new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Wilmington MA
Locus is one of a new generation of robotics companies in Massachusetts looking to redefine our expectations for buying goods online.
In this episode, Abate De Mey speaks with Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics, about warehouse automation with collaborative robots.
DHL Supply Chain is implementing an innovative order fulfillment system in it’s Life Sciences Sector using Locus bots at their Memphis TN customer facility.
Adrian Kumar, vice president of solutions for DHL Supply Chain details how Locus bots are improving productivity at their Memphis medical device customer facility.
Rick Faulk talks with Hiawatha Bray, Technology Columnist for the Boston Globe about how Boston has become the epicenter of robotics technology
Quiet Logistics Inc.’s Missouri-based center allows for two- to three-day shipping across the U.S.
4SIGHT & Locus Robotics join together to deliver advanced supply chain and warehouse operations solutions to their joint clients.
Innovation, new business models and new alliances were on display at Promat. It’s a whole new world.
Over the last year, Locus has significantly expanded the navigation and process optimization capabilities of its solution. The robots can navigate the warehouse floor, proceed to desired pick locations, and avoid stationary and moving objects such as workers and other robots.
“It’s like a real-time indoor Waze for robots. With this technology, robots can literally see around the corner.”
“It’s like a real-time indoor Waze for robots,” Locus president Mike Johnson told Digital Trends. “With this technology, robots can literally see around the corner.”
Bruce Welty, the founder of Locus Robotics, who started both a company that makes warehouse robots and a fulfillment company that ships more than $1 billion of ecommerce orders each year.
A slew of new automation specialists appear on the warehouse battlefield.
The 10 robots, called “LocusBots” after their creator, Wilmington, Mass.-based Locus Robotics, will be tested as a picker companion for piece-picking order fulfillment in the warehouse, located in Memphis.
DHL Supply Chain News: DHL Supply Chain to use collaborative robots for innovative order fulfillment pilot
DHL announces Locus Robotics’ initial deployment of their multi-robot autonomous warehouse solution in their Life Sciences Sector.
TechCrunch talks about Locus Robotics’ new navigational software system, Locus Robotics Advanced Navigation (LRAN) makes it possible for their LocusBots to work more effectively together, and alongside humans in crowded, bustling warehouses. The system debuted at the industry trade show. ProMat 2017 in Chicago.
Locus Robotics has unveiled its new Locus Robotics Advanced Navigation (LRAN) software, designed to improve movement and coordination of multiple robots in fulfillment center settings.
Locus Robotics unveils groundbreaking Locus Robotics Advanced Navigation (LRAN) software that enables multi-robot operations in warehouse fulfillment environments.
Clint Reiser of Logistics Viewpoints says Locus Robotics is a “Must See” at ProMat 2017 in Chicago as autonomous mobile robotics (AMR) moves from the concept phase to commercial availability and practical consideration.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive: Warehouse Equipment Innovations: The How’s and Why’s of Robotics in the Warehouse
Bruce Welty talks to Supply & Demand Chain Executive about Locus Robotics and how they are helping to shape the global supply chain.
Warehouse Equipment Innovations: The How’s and Why’s of Robotics in the Warehouse
Locus selected in RBR50 as “Top Robotics Company to Watch” for second year in a row by Robotics Business Review.
The optimist’s take on this trend is that robots help Amazon keep prices low, which means people buy more stuff, which means the company needs more people to man its warehouses even though it needs fewer human hours of labor per package.
Quiet Logistics implements autonomous fulfillment robots from Locus Robotics in their warehouses to increase efficiency and productivity.
The move to more automated systems brings with it many benefits, in terms of safety, quality – human error is reduced – and economic ones too, with the ability to continue manufacturing around the clock.
“We enable our customers to take on Amazon,” said Bruce Welty, founder of Locus Robotics. “This is the biggest change for warehouses since the barcode.”
CIO Review picks Locus Robotics as one of it’s Top 20 Robotics Solutions Providers for 2017 (Page 40).
Bruce Welty talks with Imaging and Machine Vision about how advances in robot guidance and integrated vision systems are making fully automated warehouses a reality.
MassRobotics, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering young robotics companies in Massachusetts, on Friday showed off what makes its new innovation hub facility unique.
Nonprofit MassRobotics, officially opened its Shared Robotics Innovation Space in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District.
Boston is becoming the center of robotics innovation as TechCrunch profiles the opening of MassRobotics new startup hub supported by companies like Locus Robotics.
“ One thing I know is that robots can provide a better way, a faster way, and a cheaper way,” says Bruce Welty, chairman of Locus Robotics. “In business, there are very few times you can attack all three areas.”
Bruce Welty talks to Colliers about Locus Robotics’ innovative approach to eCommerce fulfillment and the fast-growing 3PL and technology community developing in Boston and across the Northeast U.S.
“By definition, if you improve workers’ productivity, you’re affecting the labor base,” says Bruce Welty, chairman of Locus Robotics, a Wilmington startup that builds robots to transport items in warehouses. “We could get to full employment if we just got rid of all the bulldozers and backhoes, but I’m not sure we want to do… Read more »
“We decided that with our robot solution you’d make it so you didn’t have to disrupt anything at all,” Locus founder and chairman Bruce Welty says. “All you have to do is put this little sticker—we call it a locus point—basically a barcode you want anywhere you want the robot to be able to navigate.”
“Because of changes in the supply chain due to e-commerce and the need to ship massive amounts of single items in large quantities, we expect labor shortages to continue, and there is a huge demand for robots,” said Bruce Welty, chairman of Quiet Logistics Inc. and Locus Robotics Corp.
A warehouse designed for robots needs different “amenities” than one designed for people. Here are a few things to consider when going robotic.
Bruce Welty, chairman of Quiet Logistics, wants to change how retailers and DCs cope with the chaos of the holiday buying season. For an LSP servicing fashion and apparel brands, Bruce envisions a more flexible and affordable type of robot.
The rise of robotics is one of the fastest-growing trends in logistics, but how exactly will all these new bots fit into the typical DC? Read more about the rise of robotics in the latest DC Velocity article that features Bruce Welty, Chairman and Founder of Locus Robotics.
Welty has seen a tremendous increase in productivity: The company is five times more productive than when it didn’t use robots. He expects a payback on the investment in 18 months. “In the world of warehousing, any investment that has a payback in fewer than three years is considered a big win,” he said.
Bruce Welty never wanted to build robots; Amazon.com made him do it. Starting in the 1970s, Welty, 60, specialized in software for managing warehouses. In 2009, he shifted gears and founded Quiet Logistics, a company that used robots from Kiva Systems of North Reading to dramatically reduce warehouse operating costs. But three years later, retailing… Read more »
“Locus is unique in that it works with and complements existing warehouse infrastructure. This dramatically reduces the overall investment required to deploy our solution.”
The Locus bot tells a worker exactly where an item is, and all they have to do is give it to them. It then knows to bring it back to another area for packaging. The best part is that they are able to see and avoid people and other objects in their way.
Robots are taking over stores and warehouses. They’ll greet you at the hardware store, and help you find a nail. Or they’ll grab your goods off the shelf at a distribution center and perhaps put it on a drone to your door.
Locus Robotics as a next-generation alternative to Kiva’s now rapidly obsolescing and hard-to-maintain solution.
Locus’ robot is designed to work collaboratively with humans to fill orders in a warehouse. Humans workers are assigned to patrol warehouse zones, and when they see a robot waiting, the worker reads the item that it needs off the screen, picks it, and moves on.
Special thanks to Modern Materials Handling for providing us with a sharable snippet. This 8-pager grants a look into their May 2016 issue which was the third in a series of three System Reports that look at the emergence of robotics in warehousing and distribution.
“Warehouses are very high tech places,” said Bruce Welty, co-founder and chairman of Locus Robotics, a firm that’s developed bots to work alongside, rather than replace, human workers. “Because the only way you can take costs out is automation.”
“Industries centered on repetitive tasks are already being transformed.” This clip offers a peek into a warehouse using Locus robots. Locus founder Bruce Welty talks about how the robots work side by side with workers and explores the questions that arise in an era of such technological progress.
Locus Robotics also offer mobile robots for the warehouse. Watch the Locus bot in action here.
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Locus Robotics offers mobile autonomous robots that can go anywhere in the warehouse. “The collaboration between robot and worker dramatically improves efficiency. The associate completes the pick faster and is thereby able to complete more pick requests. With our robots, workers are able to pick faster and more productively than with traditional manual picking.”
Locus robots work well in warehouses with a wide variety of stock keeping units (SKUs) that are picked in eaches – in other words e-commerce warehouses. These floor level associates often walk 12 to 15 miles per day. What used to require 8 hours of work, can now be done in less than an hour.
The more agile and responsive robots become, the more useful they are in environments where they need to interact with human workers. As well, in a distribution center environment, where the majority of tasks are repetitive, simple and often physically demanding, the advantages of a tireless worker who won’t get bored are clear to see.
Warehouse Robotics: Locus Robotics, a Massachusetts based start-up, recently put their product on the market and it is being used within its sister company’s (Quiet Logistics) fulfillment operations. Associates scan, then place items into totes placed upon and transported by the robots.
Automated shopping carts may be a gimmick, but stores and warehouses are rapidly being transformed by automation.
Warehouses have also started to use robots connected to the Internet to transport goods. Citi estimates that Amazon has 30,000 robots in use in 13 warehouses. And the new e-commerce robotics company, Locus Robotics, is deployed by Quiet Logistics, the third-party logistics provider for major fashion brands including Zara and Bonobos.
Inbound Logistics roundup of leading warehouse robots. This excerpt was made possible in cooperation with Brandstyle Communications and Inbound Logistics.
Warehouse automation vendor Locus Robotics Inc. named tech-industry veteran Rick Faulk as CEO on Wednesday, replacing co-founder Bruce Welty.
Technology Veteran Rick Faulk Joins Locus Robotics Funding Will Further Accelerate Growth and Development
“No one had really used mobile robotics like this before,” says Welty. “You don’t disrupt by taking incremental steps,” Welty adds.
How does your robot fit into the big picture? How can roboticists and potential customers work together given the current cost and performance limitations of robotics toward accelerating their adoption in the workplace?
Advances in software and hardware, spurred on by economic trends, new customer demands and a persistent labor shortage, are transforming the way in which goods are handled within distribution centers.
Humans continue to handle the manual selection of items in the picking zones, but the [Locus] robot eliminates much of the travel between pick areas and docks. Furthermore, features of the robot are designed to make the order pickers’ job easy and relatively foolproof.
Locus Robotics, a Massachusetts-based company founded specifically in answer to the Kiva situation by a Kiva-using DC owner, uses a fleet of robots integrated into current warehouse management systems to provide robotic platforms to carry picked items to a conveyor or to the packing station thereby reducing human walking distances and improving overall picking efficiencies.
The picker in effect meets the robot at a pick location, sees the pick on an iPad screen, and after the pick the robot either goes to packing or the next pick for the order. Huge traffic at the booth.
“With one piece of hardware you can literally walk into an existing facility and deploy several of them as a pilot in days or weeks, instead of months”
In other words, Kiva-like solutions in a post-Amazon world. Soon you may have some options for same-day boxer-briefs.
“This will be Locus Robotics’ first public event,” said CEO and co-founder Bruce Welty. “We look forward to demonstrating to attendees how our innovations dramatically and simply increase productivity without sacrificing operational flexibility.”
The petite Locus robots are expected to increase warehouse productivity by 800%. “We developed a system where the robots do all the walking,” Locus Robotics CEO Bruce Welty told Tech Insider.
“The technology has evolved significantly since Kiva was conceived and developed. These advancements allow us to build a solution that would have been virtually impossible to produce and justify a decade ago.”
You’ll learn that and more in the video, excerpted from this week’s Supply Chain Video News from the Supply Chain Television Channel.
Robotics Business Review received nominations from companies in over 11 countries, ranging from large conglomerates to lesser-known startups. The 2016 RBR50 represents the most dynamic robotics companies that are indicative of where the global robotics industry is headed.
One company that’s hoping to fill in the gap is Locus Robotics, which was actually spun out of Quiet Logistics, a Kiva customer.
“We developed a system where the robots do all the walking,” Locus Robotics CEO Bruce Welty tells Tech Insider. “As retailers continue to exceed expectation around next-day shipping, they’re going to look to technology to help them provide an even faster turn-around.”
Locus CEO and cofounder Bruce Welty says the best way to think about the LocusBot is that it’s like having taxis or an Uber, as opposed to an inflexible subway system, to get from one point to another.
These emerging robotics systems are being developed by a number of start-up firms and established warehouse automation providers.
Multi Bot Solution to Drive Increased Throughput for eCommerce Fulfillment Innovator Quiet Logistics.
“When Amazon bought Kiva, it became clear to us that we needed to find an alternative,” said Al Dekin, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Andover-based Locus Robotics.
Nearly all of them have founders that’ve already had major success elsewhere in the Boston tech community.
More than anything else, warehouse work is lots of walking. The idea is for robots to do the walking—er, rolling—instead.
Locus Bots currently roam the floors at one of Quiet Logistics’s warehouses, and they’re trimming down the time employees spend carrying goods from shelves to shipping areas.
Press Release: Locus Robotics Announces First Deployment of New Robotic Warehouse Fulfillment System
Locus Robotics today announces the first deployment of its new multi robot warehouse fulfillment system.