Material Handling / Logistics / Supply Chain

ArgoMiami400x275Autonomous vehicle technology developer Argo AI has announced it began driverless operations in Miami, Fla., and Austin, Texas, two of the eight global cities in which it is currently developing its technology. 


KodiakFallback400x275Kodiak Robotics has publicly demonstrated its fallback system, technology that autonomously pulls a self-driving truck over to the side of the road in the event of a truck or system failure. The company said a fallback is critical to safely deploying driverless trucks on public roads.


AMP SecondarySort400x275AMP Robotics, which develops artificial intelligence, robotics and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has opened two new high-diversion production facilities for advanced secondary sortation. The company-owned facilities, located outside of Atlanta and Cleveland, are designed to economically process and aggregate low volumes of difficult-to-recycle mixed plastics, paper, and metals sourced from residue supplied by primary materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and other material providers.


VentionFunding400x275Montreal-based Vention, which develops a digital manufacturing automation platform (MAP), has announced raising $95 million in Series C financing. The company said it will use the new funds to grow its go-to-market, expand its global distribution footprint, and accelerate the development of its hardware and software platform.


DHL DoraSorter400x275DHL eCommerce Solutions has announced it conducted a successful one-year pilot of two DoraSorter robotic systems at its Atlanta distribution center. The robotic sortation systems are one of the projects that are part of DHL’s $100 million, five-year automation investment plan.


SoloAVT SD1 400x275Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies (Solo AVT) has revealed the design and specifications of the SD1, its long-haul, battery-electric Class 8 truck tailored specifically for autonomous driving.


Volvo DHL 400x275Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS), a division of Volvo Group, has announced it will offer a new hub-to-hub autonomous transport solution that aims to serve four main customer segments: shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight brokers. The company also announced it will partner with DHL Supply Chain as its first customer to pilot the system, in order to develop a business model with customers that addresses the steps required to bring its autonomous solutions to market with a safe, sustainable approach.


BerkshireGrey BGFlex400x275Berkshire Grey, which develops artificial intelligence-enabled robots to help automate supply chain processes, has announced the general availability of its next-generation mobile robotic platform, BG Flex.


inViaWarehouse400x275Third-party logistics (3PL) operator Fulfyld has announced it chose inVia Robotics to integrate a full warehouse execution system (WES) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) into its Huntsville, Ala., warehouse to help supplement its workforce and ensure service-level agreements.


CybernetixVentures400x275Cybernetix Ventures, an independent venture capital firm that invests in early-stage robotics, automation and artificial intelligence companies, has announced launching its first global fund, headquartered in Boston. 


VisionNavFundingForklift400x275China’s VisionNav Robotics, which manufactures driverless industrial vehicles, has announced raising $80 million in a Series C+ round, led by Meituan (China-based e-commerce platform for services) and 5Y Capital.


Fabric Dallas400x275Fabric, which operates an on-demand retail platform that enables brands to realize fast fulfillment, has announced launching its new Dallas micro-fulfillment center (MFC), expanding its North American network for on-demand retail. Through a network of MFCs, automated robotic fulfillment and inventory intelligence, Fabric said it allows retailers to scale their fulfillment capacity to provide on-demand deliveries.


RapyutaRobotics400x275Rapyuta Robotics, a Japan-based developer of collaborative pick-assist robots and other cloud-based warehouse robots, has announced raising $51 million (JPY 6.4 billion) in Series C funding to accelerate the expansion of its robotics and artificial intelligence technologies.


RyderWhiplashOhio400x275Ryder System, which offers supply chain, transportation and fleet management solutions, has announced the opening of a third multiclient omnichannel distribution center in Columbus, Ohio. At nearly 440,000 square feet, the facility is the largest Ryder e-commerce distribution center in the Columbus  area, and is the first to open under the company’s new supply chain offering: Ryder E-Commerce by Whiplash.


Agility Digit Funding400x275Agility Robotics, which manufactures robots designed to work alongside people in logistics and warehouse environments, has announced it raised $150 million in a Series B funding round. The additional capital will be used to accelerate Agility’s research and development and scale its robot production.


GideonTrey Forklift400x275Croatia-based Gideon has announced a new vehicle, Trey, an autonomous forklift for truck trailer loading and unloading operations. Trey can load and unload pallets entirely autonomously, which Gideon said will save more than 80% of a worker’s time. The vehicle operates safely, consistently, and reliably in dynamic environments, working alongside people in a warehouse.