Robot picklesa startup developing robotic automation systems that unload trucks, says it has “live demo applications” that unload tens of thousands of packages per month at customer sites in the greater Los Angeles area.
The company says it also raised $26 million in Series A funding led by Ranpak, JS Capital, Schusterman Family Investments, Catapult Ventures and Soros Capital.
Additionally, Pickle Robot has added growth-oriented industry experts to its leadership team to accelerate the commercialization of the company’s flagship robotic unloading systems.
Founded in 2018, Pickle Robot has taken on a number of warehouse challenges with industrial robots built on basic AI software, computer vision, and advanced sensors.
The company says it’s “laser focused” on applying its technology in one of the most labour-intensive, physically demanding, and highest-turnover areas of logistics operations: unloading trucks.
United Exchange is one of the first customers to use the Pickle Robot Unload System. UEC produces, sources and distributes high-quality private label, licensed consumer goods and food products sold by retailers worldwide.
At UEC’s Southern California Distribution Center, the Pickle Robot Unload System handles qualified sea freight containers loaded with land along with UEC personnel using traditional manual processes to unload other trailers at the facility.
Tom Blaylock, COO of United Exchange Corporation says: “Pickle bots are already unloading trucks, or in our case sea freight containers.
“Pickle has been a great partner to work with. We’ve seen their technology improve on a monthly basis by handling diverse product types and pack sizes, plus their team works closely with our on-site staff to make sure daily work is done on time to quality standards.” .
Pickle will use the funding to accelerate market entry activities and enhance deployment capabilities. Omar Asali, Chairman and CEO of Ranpak, has joined Pickle’s board of directors as part of the investment deal.
After this Series A investment round, the company has raised nearly $32 million to date. Previous investors who participated in this funding round included Toyota AI Ventures, Third Kind Venture Capital, Hyperplane Ventures, BoxGroup, and Version One Ventures.
“Unloading goods from trucks and containers is a difficult, sometimes dangerous and always tedious task that is performed in thousands of locations every day,” says Hazel.
“Operators around the world are having a hard time filling positions to do this kind of work, and Pickle is introducing an automated unloading system that can help bridge the labor gap plaguing the logistics industry.”
To help accelerate the company’s commercialization phase, Pickle has expanded its leadership team to include Mike Donikian, vice president of product and product operations, and Pete Blair, vice president of marketing and sales.
Mike brings a wealth of experience to Pickle from his previous roles launching and developing exceptional teams and products for Wayfair, Amazon Robotics, Amazon Pay and Alexa. Pete brings go-to-market strategy and execution from his previous marketing leadership roles at Berkshire Gray, Applause App Quality, and Kiva Systems/Amazon Robotics.
“Customer interest in Pickle vacuum systems has been incredibly strong, and now that we have primary vacuum systems out of the lab and in customer operations, we have a clear path to mass commercialization,” says AJ Meyer, Founder and CEO of the Pickle Robot Company.
“Our early customer deployments, financing, and leadership additions paved the way for us to accelerate customer acquisition and build the company infrastructure we need to deliver more systems to more customers in the coming months.”
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