Just four years since launching its solution, collaborative mobile
robotics provider 6 River Systems (6RS) has been positioned as a
“leader” in IDC’s first-ever assessment of the autonomous mobile robot
market for order fulfillment.
The report, titled “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Autonomous Mobile Robots
for Order Fulfillment 2019 Vendor Assessment” positions vendors as
participants, contenders, major players and leaders based on
capabilities and strengths. The IDC MarketScape named 6RS a “leader,”
citing the 6RS solution’s flexibility and speed to deployment, along
with the leadership team’s decades of experience in robotics as reasons
for the positioning.
“6 River Systems’ focus on the fulfillment process is a key strength,”
the report states. “The pedigree of the organization is a key strength
as well, having been founded by former Kiva [Systems] executives, giving
the founders a sense of both what it takes to deliver robotics into
fulfillment centers and a strong foundational knowledge of the
operations for which the robots have been designed.
“This pedigree has enabled the company to take lessons learned relative
to the deficiencies of one model and develop a flexible automation model
that meets the needs of the parts of the market that are not a fit for
The 6RS solution is powered by robots called “Chucks” and cloud-based
software. The Chucks communicate with the software to coordinate all the
tasks on warehouse floors. The result? A fleet of Chucks working
seamlessly and collaboratively with warehouse associates to eliminate
long walks, reduce in-aisle walking and speed up warehouse tasks,
including put-away, picking, replenishment and sorting.
“6 River Systems is one of two vendors named to the ‘leaders’ category
in this report,” John Santagate, author of the IDC MarketScape said. “We
have seen tremendous growth and evolution in the AMR market over the
past few years and 6RS has brought to market an innovative solution
designed to lead human workers though the fulfillment process. Not only
is their technology innovative, the design of the product has been built
out specifically to enable collaborative interaction with human workers
in the fulfillment process. Additionally, the company’s system can be
very rapidly deployed and enables users to quickly scale up and down to
support periods of peak demand.”
6RS’ position in the “leader” category is recognized in the market.
Leading 3PLs, retailers and manufacturers including DHL, XPO Logistics
and Office Depot are using 6RS to fulfill millions of units a week.
“From the very beginning, our collaborative mobile robot Chuck was
designed to lead,” Fergal Glynn, VP of Marketing said. “Chuck leads
warehouse associates through picking. Our solution leads warehouse
operators to faster training, increased accuracy and better rates. This
IDC MarketScape positioning, along with continued growth in our customer
base, validates our vision for the future of order fulfillment. It’s a
future where fulfillment automation is flexible, powerful, quick to
deploy and priced at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.”
To view a complimentary IDC MarketScape excerpt click here.
Source: IDC, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Autonomous Mobile Robots for
Order Fulfillment 2019 Vendor Assessment, Doc #US44843119, April
About 6 River Systems
6 River Systems was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015 by Jerome
Dubois, Rylan Hamilton and Chris Cacioppo. Jerome and Rylan were
previously executives at Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics). The 6 River
Systems engineering team has decades of automation, software and
operations experience and has designed, built and deployed the world’s
largest warehouse automation solutions. The company’s goal is to make
fulfillment faster and more efficient by building flexible automation
solutions that generate immediate and lasting value for customers.
6 River Systems is supported by world-class venture capital firms and
strategic investors, including Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners,
Eclipse and iRobot. Amy Villeneuve, former president and COO of Kiva
Systems, is a member of the board.
About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview
of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications
technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology
utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and
quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of
each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a
clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities
and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and
telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework
also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the
strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.