Berkshire Grey Partners with AHS for Warehouse Robotics Upgrade
September 9, 2021
Berkshire Grey, which develops AI-enabled robotics solutions to automate supply chain processes, has announced partnering with Advanced Handling Systems, a systems integrator of fulfillment and distribution solutions. The partnership will aim to help companies to grow despite current labor shortages and logistics challenges that are straining the supply chain, the companies said in a statement.
The partnership will combine Berkshire Grey’s AI-enabled robotic automation with AHS’s system design and integration services to deliver warehouse robotics to large e-commerce and third-party logistics (3PL) providers.
“Berkshire Grey’s Intelligent Enterprise Robotic solutions set the industry standard – they have the most robust robotics portfolio, handling the broadest range of SKUs,” said Drew Eubank, senior director of engineering at AHS. “AHS brings a 40-year customer portfolio that spans Fortune 100 brands to emerging e-commerce leaders and they know that robotic automation is core to their supply chain strategy if they’re going to remain competitive. That’s why we’re partnering with Berkshire Grey – to accelerate the integration of next-generation robotic solutions into our customers’ warehouses and facilities.”
Berkshire Grey’s AI-powered robotic solutions aim to improve fulfillment by increasing the throughput by up to 3x, the company said. AHS, which provides services for traditional material handling operations, said they are evolving their innovation portfolio through this partnership to help companies streamline their processes, improve employee productivity, and deliver flexible solutions that scale.
Why this matters
Partnerships like this provide benefits for both companies. The robotics company gets help from an established systems integrator, and the integrator can tell customers that they are using advanced, innovative technology. This may help with potential sales for customers skeptical about robotic automation in warehouses.
“Only 5% of companies currently have any level of robotic automation in their warehouses and are at risk of losing market share because they can’t keep up with demand – we can help fix that,” said James Hendrickson, director of strategic partnerships and global alliances at Berkshire Grey. “Partnering with AHS allows us to deliver a comprehensive robotic automation portfolio, accelerate the adoption of AI and robotics and enable warehouse supply chains across industries to scale and grow.”
The Berkshire Grey Partner Alliance program works with a group of strategic partners to provide customers across retail, e-commerce, 3PL, grocery and package handling industries with scalable robotic solutions developed to improve fulfillment throughput while driving down operational costs, the company said. The program enables Berkshire Grey to team up with consultants, integrators, technology providers, and material handling leaders to extend their value-added solutions to customers.
For more details on Berkshire Grey, visit its website here.