December 18, 2018

NextShift Robotics makes resale deal for warehouse applications

Hy-Tek Material handling will deploy robots in fulfillment systems.

By DC Velocity Staff

NextShift robotWarehouse robotics vendor NextShift Robotics has made a reseller agreement with Hy-Tek Material Handling Inc. in a deal that the companies said could help e-commerce fulfillment operations handle constraints like labor scarcity, quicker response time, and higher throughput.

Under the terms of the deal, Columbus, Ohio-based Hy-Tek will incorporate NextShift's autonomous mobile robots into the customized integrated systems it designs for customers, NextShift said today.

Lowell, Mass.-based NextShift provides autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for automated order fulfillment and warehouse materials management. The firm says its robots work with, but independently from, warehouse staff to optimize the fulfillment process by increasing labor efficiency, order velocity, and warehouse capacity utilization.

"We looked at all the best robotic fulfillment offerings and found that NextShift's unique design advantage is its ability to pick up and put down a tote," Tom Mann, president of Hy-Tek's Integrated Systems Division, said in a release. "That key capability creates a truly independent robotic workflow."

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