Lead(H)er – Mary Ellen Sparrow, CEO & Co-Founder at NextShift Robotics

November 15, 2017 | Brianne Shelley | VentureFizz

Boston is a great city for being a robotics startup. The Boston community has been tremendous. I think the marriage of entrepreneurship with robotics has really helped move us forward,” said Mary Ellen Sparrow, Co-founder and CEO of NextShift Robotics.

Growing up in the New Bedford area, Mary Ellen spent most of her free time exploring the outdoors. When it came time to decide what she wanted to study, the UMass Amherst’s geology program seemed the obvious choice.

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NextShift Robotics Granted Patent for Materials Handling Workflow

November 17, 2017 | NextShift Robotics | GlobeNewswire

LOWELL, Mass., Nov. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NextShift Robotics, a provider of robotics systems for ecommerce order fulfillment and cellular manufacturing, today announced that it was granted Patent # US9694977 B2 by the United States Patent Office for its materials handling workflow.

NextShift Robotics’ Systems:

  • Optimize workflow and support the promise of “immediate” delivery consumers have come to expect from ecommerce.
  • Are easily added to existing warehouses and distribution centers, making facilities efficient, effective and more productive.
  • Support a healthier work environment amid increased awareness of the need to improve working conditions in distribution centers and factories.

NextShift Robotics’ patented workflow supports independent robots that collaborate with workers but do not rely on them. “We take a very different approach from others in the industry,” said Mary Ellen Sparrow, co-founder and CEO of NextShift Robotics. “Our patented solution enables truly independent robots, meaning employees can take well-deserved breaks or have lunch while the robots continue working. This approach improves workflow at manufacturing and distribution sites to boost efficiency and productivity, and drive a competitive advantage.”

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