6 River Systems
CEO: Jerome Dubois and Rylan Hamilton
Touted as the world's "first and only collaborative fulfillment solution," the robot developed by 6 River Systems enables warehouses to more quickly onboard new employees—by having the robot itself lead pickers through each step. The robot, which is named "Chuck," also allows warehouses to fulfill a greater number of orders with fewer robots thanks to Chuck's large capacity, according to 6 River Systems. The Waltham, Mass.-based startup was founded in 2015 by former executives of warehouse robotics maker Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon. In April, the company announced a $25 million Series B round led by Menlo Ventures and including investors such as iRobot. As of August, 6 River Systems had deployed nearly 300 robots across 20 customer sites.