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6 River Systems Continues 2020 Momentum Led by Award Wins and New Global Deployment Sites

Lauren Koppelman Last Updated: August 28th, 2020

6 River Systems has been working hard to support our customers and ensure their supply chain and fulfillment operations keep up with the ebbs and flows of their customer demands. As we close Q2, we are proud to reflect on our continued momentum demonstrated by three industry award wins and new customer deployments across the globe. Most notably, we expedited our remote deployment protocol plans and introduced enhanced safety protocols to help our customers comply with social distancing recommendations within their warehouses and distribution centers.

Award Recognitions:

Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, has selected 6RS as a recipient of an SDCE 100 Award for 2020. The SDCE 100 spotlights successful and innovative projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the range of supply chain functions. We were recognized for our work with Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems group in 2019, implementing Chucks to support fulfillment operations in their distribution center in Oklahoma City.

We have also been selected as a winner of The Robot Report’s 2020 RBR50 Innovation Awards for our wall-to-wall fulfillment solution and recent enhancements to Chuck. The RBR50 Innovation Awards highlight leaders in technology and business innovation. 6RS earned recognition as an innovation leader in the Business & Management category for our strategic growth and offerings for manufacturers, retailers and 3PLs. Among these offerings are Chuck’s increased capacity, expanded international compliance and improved usability.

6RS has also been named as a customer impact and technology leader in Quadrant Knowledge Solutions’ SPARK Matrix for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR). Quadrant Knowledge Solutions is a global advisory and consulting firm focused on helping clients in achieving business transformation goals with Strategic Business and Growth advisory services.

Finding Better Ways to Support Customer Wins:

In order to implement go-lives under current travel restrictions, we flexed our deployment muscles by accelerating remote deployment capabilities. The model used at the following sites will now drive the evolution of future deployments across the globe:

  • Top Notch Distributors, Carson City, NV, went live with Chucks picking hinges, locks and other door-related hardware. This was the first time we deployed without an on-site deployment engineer (DE). The remote deployment process consists of mapping out the warehouse and monitoring Chuck’s systems remotely. An associate on-site walks with the Chuck through the warehouse while concurrently videotaping its surrounding area. From there, the remote DE is able to overlay the physical warehouse space with LIDAR images to create an accurate map of the space. After running a few test picks with Chuck, the fleet is ready to get to work.

 

  • DHL, Toledo, Spain, our first Spanish site, went live with Chucks picking pet food and supplies for a leading pet supply retailer. With travel restrictions in place, the site operations team trusted 6RS to execute a fully remote go-live. This was also the launch of the new DHL Robotics Hub, which will simplify future 6RS integrations at other DHL sites.

 

  • DM Fulfillment Solutions, St. Peters, MO, our third DMF site, went live with Chucks picking office supplies, safety gear, and apparel. This is the first live 6RS site to utilize dual exception takeoffs, allowing the operator to send orders containing exceptions to unique takeoff points according to different account or exception types.

Most importantly, through the unpredictable challenges of COVID-19, 6RS has been able to maintain the same level of support for our customers seeing peak-like demand, as well as service those customers that are using our solution for the first time. We’re continuing to innovate and find new ways to work as we navigate the year ahead.