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Fetch Robotics Partners with SAP to Deliver Virtual Conveyor Solution for Warehouse and Logistics Industries

Fetch Robotics today announced a partnership with SAP that incorporates SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) application with the Fetch and Freight robots from Fetch Robotics. Fetch Robotics builds robot systems for the logistics industry. Unveiled in May 2015, the Fetch Robotics system is comprised of an autonomous mobile platform (called Freight) and an advanced mobile manipulator (called Fetch).  Fetch and Freight use a charging dock for continuous operations, allowing the robots to charge when needed and then continue on with their tasks.  In addition, the system includes accompanying fleet management software, fetchcore, to support the robots and integrate with the warehouse environment.

The partnership between Fetch Robotics and SAP will enhance the efficiency at warehouses by enhancing the capabilities of SAP EWM with the ability to interact with the physical environment through the use of autonomous robots working alongside and helping workers to perform repetitive tasks such as goods delivery, pick and pack, and surveying.  The combination of Fetch Robotics and SAP EWM application integrates complex supply chain logistics with warehouse and distribution processes.

“We’re delighted to combine our expertise in robotics with SAP’s experience in warehouse management,” said Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics.  “It’s an innovative combination of hardware and software that benefits warehouse operators and their employees.”

“The combination of Fetch Robotics and our warehouse management system means that warehouse operators benefit from more efficient operation,” according to Franz Hero, SVP of Supply Chain & Logistics Development, SAP. “This integrated warehouse functionality allows logistics companies to automate the transportation of picked and packaged goods within their warehouse and drastically improves the efficiency of the warehouse workers.”

The Virtual Conveyor is one of the leading solutions from Fetch Robotics.  It utilizes the Freight robots working in concert with warehouse employees and the SAP EWM.  The associates pick goods from shelves and places onto a container or a shelf on a Fetch robot. When goods are all picked, the picker sends Freight to the packing station either using mobile device or touch screen on the robot.  As the worker completes this task, SAP EWM is updated with the completed order and another Freight robot engages with him or her to start following the employee for their next picking order.

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% less time traversing the warehouse floor and more time fulfilling orders.

About Fetch Robotics

Fetch Robotics builds robot systems for the logistics industry.  The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.  For more information, please visit http://www.fetchrobotics.comor follow the company on Twitter@FetchRobotics.

Press Contact:

Tim Smith
Element Public Relations
415-350-3019
tsmith@elementpr.com

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Robotics Business Review Names Top 50 Companies to Watch in 2016

SAN JOSE, CA, February 16, 2016 – Robotics Business Review (RBR) has unveiled its fifth annual RBR50 list, naming Fetch Robotics as one of the most noteworthy companies in the global robotics industry for 2016.

With the robotics industry more competitive than ever, new companies are popping up all the time. Of those companies, the RBR50 list outlines those who should be kept on your business radar.RBR50 companies are recognized based on their innovation, groundbreaking application(s), commercial success and potential, and represent many different levels and facets of the robotics ecosystem. “Everyone at Fetch is delighted with this award from Robotics Business Review,” according to Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise. “This recognition is one of the many validation points we have received of late indicating that we are on the right path.”

This international compilation spans 11 countries and in addition to the large conglomerates, 23% of the list is comprised of lesser-known startups. The RBR50 list is dynamic, with robotics companies entering and leaving on an annual basis and thus creating a list that is indicative of where the global robotics industry as a whole is headed. “The World Economic Forum cites 2016 as the launch of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and has tabbed robotics as the lead player in that transformation. Each of the RBR50 for 2016 should be duly proud that the robotics community has selected them to lead this charge,” said Tom Green, RBR Editor in Chief.

About Robotics Business Review

Robotics Business Review provides business intelligence for the global robotics industry. Members enjoy excusive insights into global news, tracking of financial transactions, analysis of new technologies and companies, annual and quarterly research reports, access to the RBR50 Top 50 Companies list and much more. Visit RoboticsBusinessReview.com.

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Fetch Robotics Expands Executive Team

Executives from Magellan and Willow Garage Leadership Join Logistics Pioneer

SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 14, 2016 — Fetch Robotics today announced two recent additions to the company’s executive team.  Peggy Fong joined as Chief Operations Officer and Dave Robson was named Chief of Staff.

Ms. Fong and Mr. Robson will help to support the rapid growth of Fetch, a pioneer in building robots for the logistics and material handling industries.

Peggy-small-B&WMost recently the President at Magellan GPS, Peggy Fong brings more than twenty years of experience combining emerging technologies with business know-how. As President, Fong helped to build a cloud service for the connected car market.  Fong has experience in financial, operational, product plans, sales & marketing, and executive functions.

Prior to Magellan, Fong acted as both CFO and COO at Optovue, where her responsibilities included all accounting and cash flow management, investor relations, HR, compliance and training, and broad supply chain management duties including logistics and manufacturing.  Prior to Optovue, Fong was SVP Financial Operations with SYYNEX, a global IT supply chain service.

“Peggy’s innovative approach to corporate management and business operations, combined with the use of analytics in improving operational performance, are assets that will make us a more efficient and profitable organization,” added Wise.

ROBSONDave Robson will support Fetch Robotics’ team of world-class scientists and engineers in building a culture and infrastructure to support the rapid growth in staff.  Robson will also support client and partner liaison for organizations adopting the Fetch and Freight robots.

Robson joins Fetch Robotics with forty years of experience in research and technology organizations, including thirty-three years at Xerox’s PARC and more recently at robotics company Willow Garage.

“Dave’s experience as a scientist and engineer, as well as leading organizational development in the robotics field, will be critical as we grow our business,” Wise added.

 

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Fetch Robotics’ Melonee Wise is Recognized as an Honoree of MIT Technology Review’s Annual INNOVATORS UNDER 35 List

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Today, MIT Technology Review reveals its annual list of Innovators Under 35. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. For her work in the field of computer and electronics hardware, Fetch Robotics’ Melonee Wise has been recognized as an entrepreneur on the list.

Melonee is CEO of Fetch Robotics.  Prior to joining Fetch Robotics, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics, where Melonee and her team introduced UBR-1 to the robotics world.  Along with the product debut, Melonee and Unbounded were the inaugural winners of the RoboBusiness Pitchfire competition.  Before then, Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage.  Among other responsibilities there, Melonee was the Manager of Robot Development, where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware.  Melonee has extensive experience developing and designing robot hardware and software. Some of her projects include developing algorithms, libraries, and hardware for an autonomous boat, car, personal robot platforms, and battle bots.  Melonee is also currently a Mentor in the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.

“Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing young innovators whose work has been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” says editor in chief and publisher Jason Pontin. “Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Melonee Wise to this prestigious list.”

This year’s honorees will be featured online at www.technologyreview.com starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on September 1. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference November 2–4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (www.EmTechMIT.com).

About MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review, which is wholly owned by MIT, creates award-winning technology-related editorial content on a variety of platforms for an audience of millions of business leaders, innovators, and thought leaders, in six languages and in 147 countries. At www.technologyreview.com, readers access daily news and analysis, and the award-winning MIT Technology Review magazine has set the standard for technology publications since 1899. In addition to producing engaging live events, the company manages the global entrepreneurial organization MIT Enterprise Forum.

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Innovation Matrix Partners with Fetch Robotics to Provide Robotics Research Platforms

Innovation Matrix, Inc., an innovative distributor of robotic, motion control, and machine vision systems, today announced a partnership with Fetch Robotics of San Jose, California. This agreement allows Innovation Matrix to exclusively sell and support Fetch’s research products in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Australia.

Fetch Robotics has developed a robot system comprised of mobile manipulator robot called “Fetch” and a mobile base “Freight” for the logistics and material handling industry.

With Innovation Matrix’s knowledge in the Trans-Pacific, the partnership will provide Fetch’s robots to robotics researchers in the Pacific Rim region to accelerate research work in robotics. This effort will accelerate development of applications for the robotics industry.

“We are excited about our partnership with Fetch Robotics,” according to Eimei Onaga, CEO and founder of Innovation Matrix, Inc. “Through our industrial experience and knowledge of the capabilities of Fetch and Freight, we will be able to provide the best tools and support to our customers to remain competitive in the coming human-robot collaborative era.”

“We are delighted to have Innovation Matrix and Mr. Onaga representing us in these countries,” said Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics.  “Mr. Onaga has over 40 years experience in robotics business and engineering, has extensive experience in selling industrial and service robots in Asia, and speaks fluent Japanese.  This is an excellent team to have develop our distribution in these Asian countries.”

About Innovation Matrix, Inc.

Founded in 2004, Innovation Matrix, Inc. is an innovative distributor specializing in industrial and service robotics, motion control and machine vision products. Innovation matrix is uniquely positioned to meet its customers engineering and manufacturing goals with its trans-pacific automation industry expertise and maintains a global presence with direct offices and alliance offices in the U.S., Taiwan and Japan.

In 2006, RoboMatrix division was created to address the emerging next generation robot technologies such as mobile and telepresence robots and business matchmaking between US and Japanese service robot technology companies. Fetch’s products will be promoted by RoboMatrix division.

Press and Industry Analyst:
Eimei Onaga, CEO
408.329.4422 (voice)
408.716.2553 (fax)
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SoftBank Leads $20 Million Investment in Fetch Robotics

Fetch Robotics announced today that it has raised $20 million in Series A funding.  The round was led by SB Group US, Inc. (“SoftBank”) and also included additional funding from seed investors O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Shasta Ventures. The Series A round brings Fetch’s total funding to date to $23 million.  The new capital will be used to expand Fetch’s sales and marketing operations and to meet accelerating demand from warehouses and fulfillment centers.

In addition, SoftBank’s Kabir Misra will be added to Fetch Robotics’ board of directors.  He will join existing board members Bryce Roberts from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Rob Coneybeer from Shasta Ventures, Steve Hogan from Tech-Rx, and Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise.

Unveiled in April of this year, the Fetch Robotics system is comprised of a mobile base (called Freight) and an advanced mobile manipulator (called Fetch).  Fetch and Freight use a charging dock for autonomous continuous operations, allowing the robots to charge when needed and then continue on with their tasks.  In addition, the system includes accompanying software to support the robots and integrate with the warehouse environment.  The robots are designed to work independently alongside human workers, performing repetitive tasks such as warehouse delivery, pick and pack, and more.

According to Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap, “The demand for shorter lead times has become an imperative for inbound logistics in support of production, with the proliferation of lean and just-in-time operations. However, this is also a competitive advantage for business-to-consumer (B2C) delivery, as the growth of Amazon Prime is proving.”

Furthermore, according to a recent ARC Advisory Group market study, Warehouse Automation and Control, “E-commerce and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements is stimulating widespread growth in warehouse automation and control system sales.”

“As businesses look for solutions to streamline operations and meet the needs of an on-demand economy, we see a tremendous opportunity for robotics to solve that problem,” says Kabir Misra, Managing Director at SB Group US, Inc. “The team, the robots, and the timing all lead us to Fetch Robotics and we are happy to join them in bringing Fetch and Freight to market.”

“I’m delighted to have SoftBank join the team and help us change the world of logistics and material handling,” said Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics. “SoftBank’s expertise and worldwide resources with respect to technology, production, distribution and more will be a big help to our growing organization.”

About Fetch Robotics

Fetch Robotics builds robot systems for the logistics industry.  The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.  For more information, please visit http://www.fetchrobotics.comor follow the company on Twitter @FetchRobotics.

Press Contact:

Tim Smith
Element Public Relations
415-350-3019
tsmith@elementpr.com

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Research Edition of Fetch & Freight

All of us at Fetch Robotics are proud to announce the immediate availability of research versions of our Fetch and Freight robots.

Fetch, an advanced mobile manipulator and Freight, a mobile base, were designed by Fetch Robotics to address the logistics industry, but are applicable across a wide range of research initiatives.

Several institutions already have Fetch on the way.

“My students and I can’t wait to get our hands on Fetch, and since we’ve all got experience using ROS with TurtleBots in the Mobile Robotics class, we’re hoping to be productive from day one. Our project this summer will examine improved techniques for motion planning and trajectory optimization leveraging our lab’s earlier work on CHOMP.”

 

Matt Zucker, Assistant Professor

Engineering Department, Swarthmore College

The research edition of Fetch and Freight are ready to go right out of the box. Each research robot is installed with Ubuntu Linux LTS, ROS, ROS Navigation, MoveIt!, joystick teleop, and calibration. As Fetch and Freight are built using the open source robot operating system ROS, the research community can benefit from existing ROS capabilities and advance that software through the use of an advanced mobile manipulation platform and accompanying base.

For individuals and institutions interested in purchasing Fetch and Freight please email sales@fetchrobotics.com for more information.

Both Fetch and Freight will be display next week at ICRA in booth 231.

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Fetch Robotics Unveils Robotics System for Logistics Industry

More and more, when consumers or businesses place an order they want those items delivered immediately. Between services such as Amazon Prime, Google Express, eBay Now, and the continuing growth of e-commerce, there is a consumer expectation of speed and efficiency that is putting significant pressure on the role of logistics and e-commerce warehouses. To address this challenge, Fetch Robotics today introduced a robotics system designed for the logistics industry.

“The growth of e-commerce and mobile e-commerce is pressuring retailers to invest in solutions that can handle the burdens of an on-demand economy,” according to Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics. “We see our robots as a key ingredient for warehouses that are looking to become more efficient with respect to fulfillment and customer satisfaction.”

The Fetch Robotics’ system is comprised of a mobile base (called Freight) and an advanced mobile manipulator (called Fetch). Fetch and Freight can also use a charging dock for autonomous continuous operations; allowing the robots to charge when needed and then continue on with their tasks. In addition, the system includes accompanying software to support the robots and integrate with the warehouse environment. Both robots are built upon the open source robot operating system, ROS.

The robots are designed to work autonomously alongside workers, performing repetitive tasks such as warehouse delivery, pick and pack, and more. Fetch and Freight used in tandem are capable of handling the vast majority of all items in a typical warehouse.

Fetch is an advanced mobile manipulator, including features such as:

  • Telescoping spine with variable height from 1.09 to 1.491 meters
  • Capacity to lift approximately 6 kgs.
  • 3D RGB Depth Sensor
  • Back-Drivable 7DOF Arm
  • Modular Gripper Interface
  • Head Expansion Mount Points
  • Pan-Tilt Head
  • Differential Drive
  • ROS-Enabled

Freight is a modular base, used separately or in conjunction with Fetch. Features include:

  • Base Expansion Mount Points
  • Payload support of approximately 68 kgs.
  • 2D Laser Scanner
  • Stereo Speaker
  • Computer Access Panel
  • Run-Stop
  • ROS-Enabled

“Consumers are increasingly acting like impatient toddlers when it comes to delivery; they want their purchases and they want them now,” said Rob Coneybeer, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures. “As a result of this trend, commercial order fulfillment is becoming more and more challenging for retailers. A robotic system such as the one from Fetch Robotics can address these issues and ultimately lead to healthier margins, competitive advantage, and satisfied customers.”

Availability
The robots will be on display at ICRA, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference on May 26-30, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. For sales & pilot program inquiries, please contact sales@fetchrobotics.com.

About Fetch Robotics
Fetch Robotics builds robot systems for the logistics industry. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA. For more information, please visit www.fetchrobotics.com or follow the company on Twitter @FetchRobotics.

Press Contact:
Tim Smith
Element Public Relations
415-350-3019
tsmith@elementpr.com

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Fetch Robotics Secures $3M Funding From O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Shasta Ventures

Fetch Robotics today announced that it has raised $3 million in Series A financing from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and Shasta Ventures. Fetch Robotics will use the funding to bring their inaugural robots to market. The robots will provide solutions for the logistics and light industrial markets, as well as for other human-robot collaboration opportunities.

Melonee Wise has been named CEO of the company.  Prior to joining Fetch Robotics, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics. Before that, Melonee spent approximately six years at the pioneering personal robotics company Willow Garage. All told, Melonee has nearly 15 years working in both entrepreneurial and engineering roles in the robotics industry, on both robotic hardware and software.

The first robots from Fetch Robotics will be introduced in Q2 of this year. To be notified when the robots are available, please email sales@fetchrobotics.com.

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity for Shasta to invest in Fetch, as I’ve been passionate about robotics for many years. The team, product, market opportunity, and timing are all in alignment for Fetch to be successful.”
Rob Coneybeer, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures

“Fetch is comprised of a top-notch team focused on a substantial problem. They have both the entrepreneurial and technical know-how in order to solve some pressing problems in the world of logistics and light industry.”
Bryce Roberts, Managing Director at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures

“Businesses and economic forces are charging ahead to make the world all on-demand all the time. The implications to the logistics industry given this trend are substantial and my team and I look forward to helping businesses address those challenges.”
Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics

Fetch Robotics is comprised of an experienced team of roboticists, spanning hardware, software, and design.  The forthcoming robots will utilize and build upon ROS, the open source robot operating system.

Press Contact:
Tim Smith
Element Public Relations
415-350-3019
tsmith@elementpr.com