[See image gallery at www.therobotreport.com] Swisslog, a subsidiary of KUKA, joined Berkshire Grey’s Partner Alliance program as a strategic systems integration partner. Swisslog provides a number of robotic solutions for e-commerce, distribution and store automation.
Swisslog’s is an integration partner of AutoStore, a company that provides a modular and flexible automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS). The ASRS solution is able to store anything from pallets to small cartons or bins. Swisslog company also offers transport and conveyor systems, picking and palletizing systems and software solutions.
“Both Berkshire Grey and Swisslog have broad portfolios of complementary solutions and the same goal: providing automation that helps customers meet ongoing consumer demand for anything, anytime, anywhere order fulfillment,” Steve Johnson, president and COO at Berkshire Grey, said. “We’re focused on leveraging Swisslog’s experience working closely with customers to identify and implement automation technologies that meet business objectives alongside our advanced robotics solutions for joint customers – ultimately helping companies use automation to streamline their operations and maximize productivity.”
Berkshire Grey offers robotic solutions for eCommerce fulfillment, smart store replenishment, package sortation, micro fulfillment and reverse logistics. Its eCommerce solution is able to robotically pick, pack and ship orders with little human intervention. It’s able to reduce shipping costs by up to 20%.
The two companies plan to work together to bring artificial intelligence-enabled solutions to global warehouse operations. With automation and robotics, the companies hope to help their customers increase order fulfillment and maximize existing labor productivity.
“Swisslog is excited to partner with Berkshire Grey, one of the most forward-thinking companies in AI-enabled robotic automation. It is a continuation of our commitment to provide our customers with the innovative technology that best meets their needs and accomplishes their objectives,” Markus Schmidt, president of Swisslog Americas, said. “We view this as a first step in a fruitful relationship with Berkshire Grey. Together, we will continue to shape the future of data-driven, robotic solutions by providing the next generation of warehouse automation and creating reliable and unparalleled results for our distribution, e-grocery and e-commerce customers.”
Berkshire Grey’s partner alliance brings together software app partners, system integrators and consulting and technology partners to transform supply chain operations with robotics. In September 2021, Advanced Handling Systems (AHS), a provider of automated fulfillment systems, joined the program.
Swisslog, previously Sprecher + Schuh, was founded in 1900 in Aarau, Switzerland. It was acquired by KUKA for $357 million in 2014.
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