How Kiva Robots Help Zappos and Walgreens

Kiva's ottoman-shaped robots are used in warehouses run by Staples, Walgreens and Kiva

In a warehouse at the headquarters of Kiva Systems in Woburn, Mass., an ottoman-shaped robot slides beneath a four-shelf storage unit holding an assortment of consumer goods, lifts it, and navigates back to Mick Mountz, the startup's founder and chief executive. Mountz grabs a box of Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats off of the shelf and turns to put it in a shipping box. By the time he has turned back again, the robot is carrying the 8-ft.-tall shelving unit away, and he is facing another stack of goods carried by a different robot.

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