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  • TEDxBoston 2011
    Let the Inventory Walk and Talk A Day in the Life of a Retail Robot

    Mick Mountz revolutionized the way warehouses pack and ship their inventory by using robots, mobile shelving, and algorithms based on complexity theory.  What used to take hours of tedious tasks is transformed into fun, 15-minute, click-to-ship order processing.


    In traditional eCommerce pick-pack-and-ship, a worker must walk through miles of inventory shelving to fill Mrs. Smith’s order for a red T-shirt, a tube of lipstick and a pair of shoes, limiting the speed at which her order can be filled and shipped. But what if that same worker could stand still and in a matter of seconds, the right products just magically appear? This was the vision that inspired a mobile-robotic solution using hundreds of robots that zip around the fulfillment centers of companies like Staples, Gap and Drugstore.com to fill orders and offer mind-bending 15 minute click-to-ship order processing. You have to see it to believe it.


    Curator’s Pick: “These things can scale to gianormous!”


    About Kiva Systems: kivasystems.com

    Mick Mountz, CEO and Founder, Kiva Systems

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