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Amazon’s Robot War Is Spreading

A slew of new automation specialists appear on the warehouse battlefield.
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The Robots Making Your Online Orders Faster

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It was Amazon that drove America’s warehouse operators into the robot business.

Quiet Logistics, which ships apparel out of its Devens, Mass., warehouse, had been using robots made by a company called Kiva Systems. When Amazon bought Kiva in 2012, Quiet hired scientists. In 2015 it spun out a new company called Locus Robotics, which raised $8 million in venture capital. Last year, Locus unveiled its own warehouse robotics solution called the LocusBot—first using it for its own business, then selling them to companies that ship everything from housewares to auto parts.