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Robotic fulfillment startup places 300 units

6 River Systems is on track to meet its goal of 600 robots across 30 sites by end of 2018

August 9, 2018


A Three-Level Chuck fulfillment robot such as customer ACT Fulfillment uses.

WALTHAM, Mass. – 6 River Systems, Inc. (6RS), a collaborative robot fulfillment solution, has expanded its footprint to nearly 300 robots across 20 sites, and hired 45 new employees in 2018.

6 River Systems is on track to meet its goal of 600 robots across 30 sites by end of 2018.

One customer, ACT Fulfillment, Inc., has been providing supply chain solutions in warehousing and fulfillment services since 1994. ACT wanted to invest in an adaptable robotics solution that could be deployed quickly for one of their high profile accounts. ACT was one of the first companies to deploy a 3-level Chuck, which the 3PL uses for shoe fulfillment.

“We only win when our customers win,” said co-CEO Jerome Dubois. “Warehouse operators are realizing they don’t need to settle for the status quo: traditional automation that is inflexible, costly and lengthy to implement. We are very excited about the recent success, but there is a peak season coming.”

Coming off the heels of a recent funding round at the beginning of Q2, the 6 River Systems corporate and recruiting team has been busy hiring new employees. The company has welcomed 45 new employees since the start of the year, and is on track to hit its headcount goal of 100+ by end of year.

6 River Systems has reported product updates this quarter:

  • Floor view. This new mapping gives operators a live view of where robots are in their warehouses.
  • Replenishment. Chuck’s replenishment capabilities enable pickers to interleave picking and re-stocking, all within the same workflow.
  • Cartonization. The 6 River Systems cloud-based software can now determine the right size carton to use for picking and allow operators to induct varying container-sizes onto the same Chuck.
  • Zone picking. Warehouses can break pick work up into multiple zones and enable Chuck and pickers to use pick and pass workflows to reduce walking in certain operations.
  • Management consoles. Provides real-time information on the status of jobs and Chucks through a web-based application. Operators can view detailed analytics on the system and manage their implementations by adding users, products, and locations.
  • Configure your own bot. Chuck comes in a variety of new configurations and models. Customers may increase their bot’s workspace by choosing Chuck+, a wider robot. Or, they might add another level to create a three-tray Chuck configuration.
  • Autonomous charging. Chuck doesn’t get tired and can run nearly 24/7 with the latest in battery technology, using opportunistic rapid-charging throughout the day.