CommonSense Robotics Optimize E-commerce Warehouses
Ever Heard of fulfillment centers or seen one? Well, if you haven’t, it’s because of smooth operations at those centers you get the correct goods delivered to you really fast when you order them Online or Offline.
CommonSense Robotics is an Israel based start-up which has taken up the task to automate the process, to reduce the margin of error and time being utilized in wholesale operations. The company uses comprehensive Software and Robots to achieve this. As soon as an order is placed, the Robots navigate their way on the warehouse floor to the particular box or package, with the help of Sensors, Cameras and QR codes. The actual processing and controlling of the whole system is done by a Central Computer Unit which is coordinates different processes within the entire system simultaneously. The Central System tracks all the products and robots in real-time making coordination seamless. There is a space below the warehouse shelves where the robots can fit in to avoid traffic jams and move smoothly. When the robots are idle and require charging, they return to their respective charging stations on their own. The only place human operators are required, is the Scanning Station where all the products for which the orders are placed, are delivered to them by these warehouse robots.
How Will This Help The Grocery Retailer?
The Solutions developed by CommonSense Robotics is designed for the retailers, as using these solutions within retail operations will be managed by robots. The robots will automate most of the process reducing the need for additional employees, and will also help reduce time. Using this solution, retailers will have their Inventory in their urban spaces, and won’t have to store products in Warehouses distant from the city. CommonSense Robotics is interested to work with local retailers and businesses as they believe this where the future of e-commerce lies.
CommonSense Competitor Exotech Solution:-
Exotec solutions is a French based start-up working on the same lines as CommonSense Robotics, and is its direct competitor. An amount of 15 million euros was raised by Exotec in a funding round from Iris Capital and their existing investors. The existing investors include 360 Capital Partners and Breega. How Exotec approached this issue, was by introducing automated robots called Skypods. These Skypods bring the product to a human operator after the consumer clicks on the ‘Buy Now’ button on the website sitting from the Comfort of your bed. Skypods cannot navigate their way not on the ground but Up and Down shelves and racks. On the other hand, CommonSense Robotics is oriented towards smaller spaces and grocery stores and believe Automated Fulfilment will soon be the future.
About CommonSense recent fund raising:-
CommonSense Robotics had reportedly raised $20 Million in February 2018. It was in an early stage Investment round. The $20 Million round was led by Playground Global and the early stage investor Venture Capital fund called Aleph, along with Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavours.