Pushing the limits of warehouse inventory management

In Episode 155 of The Robot Report Podcast, Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman discuss the news of the week.

On today’s episode, we catch up with Oana Jinga, co-founder, Chief Commercial and Product Officer for Dexory to learn all about the Dexory warehouse inventory management solution.

Also on this episode, we feature a conversation between editorial director Gene Demaitre and Garret Place, Business Development for robotic perception at ifm.

Show timeline

6:24 – News
21:29 – Interview with Oana Jinga, co-founder, Chief Commercial and Product Officer for Dexory.
53:06 – Interview by Gene Demaitre with Garret Place, Business Development for robotic perception at ifm.

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In the news this week

Agility Robotics’ Digit humanoid lands first official job

The company today signed a multi-year deal with GXO Logistics Inc., the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider, to deploy its Digit humanoids in various logistics operations.
GXO said it is commercially deploying a “small fleet” of Digit robots at a Spanx facility in Connecticut. The logistics provider is paying Agility Robotics under a robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) model.
The companies didn’t reveal how many humanoids Spanx is using or specifics of their RaaS agreement. They claimed that this is both the industry’s first formal commercial deployment of humanoids and the first RaaS deployment of such robots.

Waymo ends waitlist, opens robotaxi service to all in San Francisco

Starting today, anyone in San Francisco can hail a robotaxi using Waymo LLC’s app. The company has been operating in the city for years now, slowing scaling its operations. In total, nearly 300,000 people, including those who live, work, and visit San Francisco, have signed up to ride since the company first opened its waitlist.
Earlier this month, it expanded its service in Phoenix, its largest service area. The company added 90 square miles (233 sq. km) to what was already its largest service area in metropolitan Phoenix.
Waymo said its riders can now hail Waymo One service across 315 square miles (815.8 sq. km) of the Valley. The expanded service area covers more of Scottsdale’s resorts and expands to downtown Mesa, Ariz. This gives riders access to desert attractions, golf courses, and downtown destinations such as the Mesa Arts Center and Pioneer Park.

Robotics investments drive past $2.1B in May

Robotics investments for May 2024 topped $2.1 billion, the result of funding for 38 companies.
The $2.1 billion is the highest monthly funding amount for the year 2024 and greatly exceeds the trailing 12-month average of $1.2 billion.
Robotics funding through May 2024 totals approximately $5.7 billion.
Largest haul: Sensor manufacturer Wayve announced a $1.05 billion Series C investment round led by SoftBank Group, with contributions from new investor NVIDIA and existing investor Microsoft, to accelerate its mission to reimagine autonomous mobility through embodied intelligence.
Honorable mentions:

Farmwise with a $10M series B
Pickle Robots with $15M series B

Links from the show:

Startups: signup for the Pitchfire competition at RoboBusiness 2024 (Deadline August 9, 2024).

Watch the YouTube video where Adam Savage swallows a camera robot from Endiatx (Endiatx will be the featured closing keynote at the 2024 RoboBusiness event).

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