August 7, 2016      

Fetch Even Helps Humans Save on Shoe Leather

In some warehouses, employees walk up to 14 miles each day, a physically demanding regimen that leads to fatigue, injury and burnout. By introducing the Freight robot into the workforce, employees spend up to 50 percent less time traversing the warehouse floor and more time fulfilling orders.

“Robots have a long history in logistics, but largely in the form of industrial robots,” said Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics. “What’s new about Fetch is that the robots and humans work alongside each other, sharing the same space. We don’t require our customers to change their internal operations — our robots are designed to work in existing environments. Still, because this is such a new concept, it’s arguably our biggest challenge.”

Fetch Robotics is a manufacturer of Fetch, a mobile manipulator, and Freight, a mobile cargo system. San Jose, Calif.-based Fetch has partnered with SAP, which provides the Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) software application.

Fetch’s partnership with SAP hopes to provide quick implementation into company logistics systems, allowing them to automate without major disruptions into their operations. Companies want to integrate robotics into their supply chain and start reaping the benefits as quickly as possible.

Melonee joined Tom Green for a quick chat on logistics, logistics robotics and where Fetch & Freight fit into the mix. Please join us.

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