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NextShift Robotics Selected as Featured Technology for Expanded Kenco Innovation Lab


Emerging Supply Chain Technologies and Processes to be Explored in Dedicated Warehouse Space


Lowell Mass, May 15 2019 – NextShift Robotics announced today that its autonomous robot workflow will be featured in the newly expanded Innovation Lab of Kenco Logistics, North America’s leading third-party logistics provider. NextShift’s fundamentally different piece picking workflow, based on its advanced autonomous mobile robot technology, will be featured in Kenco’s expanded 10,000 square foot physical warehouse space. The Innovation Lab, launched in 2015, provides a rigorous test facility where Kenco’s team of innovation specialists assess new value-added technologies. By exercising technologies of many types within a dedicated real-world warehouse environment, Kenco can provide accurate visibility into the solutions and reduce implementation times for customers.


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NextShift Robotics Receives Patent for Vertical Lift Capability as Part of Robotic Picking Process



Second Patent for Next-Gen Autonomous Mobile Robotics Innovator Meets Needs of
Wide Range of Warehouse and Manufacturing Configurations


LOWELL, MA — March 21, 2019 — NextShift Robotics, a provider of autonomous mobile robot solutions for automated order fulfillment and warehouse materials management, today announced it has been granted a second patent, US10214354B2, “Method and System for Automated Transport of Items” as of February 26, 2019. The patent pertains to operating a robotic picking system in which the containers to be picked are positioned on the shelves and within picking stations. The patent covers the ability of the robot to raise itself vertically to access shelving of different heights in order to pick the appropriate container from a range of shelf heights and storage system configurations. The robot then autonomously transports the container throughout the facility and delivers it to a human or robotic pick/pack station. Thus, this patent covers an eventual unattended worker-free picking and packing operations.
Both patents were filed in 2014.


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At ProMat2019 NextShift Robotics Demonstrates Breakthrough “No-Leading, Following or Waiting” Materials Handling Robots


LOWELL, MA — February 21, 2019 — NextShift Robotics, a provider of autonomous mobile robot solutions for automated order fulfillment and warehouse materials management, will be demonstrating its unique No Following / No Waiting robotic workflow solution in Booth S4675 at ProMat 2019, to be held April 8-11, 2019 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
NextShift recently released a Promat welcome one-minute video highlighting some of the innovations they will be demonstrating at Promat 2019.


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NextShift Robotics Signs Reseller Agreement with Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc.


LOWELL, MA — December 19, 2018 — NextShift Robotics, a provider of autonomous mobile robot solutions for automated order fulfillment and warehouse materials management, today announced a reseller agreement with Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc. of Columbus, Ohio.


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NextShift Robotics identified as a company to watch by Forbes


August 30, 2018 | NextShiftRobotics.com


In this exciting and insightful article Steve Banker notes the advanced and differentiated NextShift solution.


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NextShift Robotics Unveils New Robotics System For eCommerce Order Fulfillment and Cellular Manufacturing at MODEX 2018 Conference


April 9, 2018 | GlobeNewswire


As manufacturing and supply chain industry leaders gather this week at MODEX 2018, the largest manufacturing and supply chain expo of the year, NextShift Robotics (Booth #C2363) is unveiling their new robotics system for use in eCommerce warehouses and cellular manufacturing.


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NextShift Celebrates Move to Lowell


March 13, 2018 | MASS TLC


MassTLC helped member company NextShift Robotics celebrate their relocation to Lowell with a robot-assisted ribbon cutting ceremony on February 28 at the new headquarters.

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Cresa Manages Corporate Relocation for NextShift Robotics


March 1, 2018


The Boston office of Cresa, the world's largest tenant-only commercial real estate firm, announced today that it has successfully structured a five-year lease agreement for 22,450 SF at the Cross River Center in Lowell, Massachusetts for NextShift Robotics, a provider of robotics systems for eCommerce order fulfillment and cellular manufacturing.

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Meet Mary Ellen Sparrow of NextShift Robotics


January 30, 2018 | Boston Voyager


Interview with NextShift Robotics Co-Founder and CEO Marry Ellen Sparrow


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NextShift was Featured at State House Innovation Day


January 29, 2018 | State House


NextShift was excited to demonstrate their autonomous robotic technology at the Massachusetts TechHUB Caucus’s 3rd Innovation Day in January.

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Spotlight: Mary Ellen Sparrow Wants To Make It Easier For People To Work With Robotics


January 18, 2018 | Lioness Magazine


Mary Ellen Sparrow, a Massachusetts native, spent most of her childhood outdoors. These days, the robotics entrepreneur spends most of her days in her Lowell robotics test center— and she loves it. Her mission is to make it easier for people to work with robots.


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Mary Ellen Sparrow of NextShift Robotics


Dec 28, 2017 | Radio Entrepreneurs


Mary Ellen Sparrow of NextShift Robotics speaks with Jeffrey Davis on the Radio Entrepreneurs show.


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Logistics robots: NextShift’s ‘unique workflow’ increases productivity and efficiency
Exclusive interview with NextShift Robotics CEO


December 18, 2017


The robotics and automation industry has always held a fascination for many people – for seasoned professionals and even passing observers alike. And it’s been particularly interesting in the past couple of years, for several reasons. One reason is the advancements in computing – both hardware and software, perhaps most importantly in networking.


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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.


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NextShift Robotics Granted Patent for Materials Handling Workflow


November 17, 2017 | NextShift Robotics | GlobeNewswire


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.


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