RightHand Robotics Inc., which makes picking systems, today announced that it is opening a sales and business-development office in Frankfurt, Germany. The company said the new office will strengthen its operations and enable further expansion of its global customer base.
RightHand Robotics (RHR) builds hardware and software for flexible and scalable automation for predictable order fulfillment. The Boston-based company serves industries such as electronics, apparel, grocery, and pharmaceuticals.
RHR was founded in 2015 by a DARPA challenge-winning team from the Harvard Biorobotics Lab, the Yale GRAB Lab, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The founders intended to apply computer vision and applied machine learning to real-world problems. The company also has an office in Tokyo.
RightHand appoints head of European operations
Boston-based RightHand Robotics also named Jon Schechter to lead the Frankfurt office as head of Europe. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in management science from MIT.
Schechter spent 10 years designing robotic fulfillment centers for e-commerce and retail distribution as part of Kiva Systems and Amazon Robotics. His experience with these companies includes the largest swarm deployment in the industry, including 1,700 robots and robotic elevators, for which he shares patents.
RightHand has been assessing market opportunities and meeting with prospects and potential partners in Europe for several years now,” stated Schechter. “Many European firms already manage their inventory using tote systems that are ready to automate with RightPick, our piece-picking solution. We are very excited to officially expand our operations to better support our current customers and partners there, and I welcome any additional prospects to reach out to me directly.”
“Robotic piece-picking will have a tremendous impact in warehouses across Europe, and I’m thrilled to see RightHand Robotics, as a leader in this space, getting traction in Europe,” said Manfred Preiss, a logistics robot integration and supply chain industry expert with more than 30 years of experience. “Their impressive automation solution gives retailers of all types a clear advantage implementing modern order-fulfillment strategies to address shifts in consumer behavior, such as rapid growth in mobile commerce and expectations around same-day delivery for the widest assortment of products.”
“Jon’s experience at Amazon gives him a unique advantage in developing sales and partnership opportunities for the company,” said Larry Chin, head of sales at RightHand Robotics. “With his business skills, many retail and e-commerce doors will open for RightHand, which will help firmly establish ourselves, our brand and our product. I’m looking forward to working alongside Jon to drive sales in Europe and further strengthen our foothold.”
The announcement is made in conjunction with MODEX 2020, taking place March 9-12 in Atlanta, where RHR will be demonstrating its RightPick solution at Booth 9826 in the “Fulfillment and Delivery Solutions” hall. RHR will also be at LogiMAT 2020, taking place March 10-12 in Stuttgart, Germany, exhibiting by the east entrance in Stand EO45. To schedule a time to meet at either show, visit RHR’s events page, or e-mail [email protected].