MMH    Topics 

Pitney Bowes and Ambi Robotics sign $23 million deployment expansion

Expands use of Ambi Robotics' robotic sorting solution at Pitney Bowes U.S. ecommerce hubs, to support rapid sortation to last-mile delivery providers.

Pitney Bowes Inc., a global shipping and mailing company that provides technology, logistics, and financial services and Ambi Robotics, a provider of robotic sorting systems for supply chain operations, today announced a $23 million deployment expansion of AmbiSort systems in Pitney Bowes ecommerce hubs across the US.

The AI-powered robotics will help Pitney Bowes speed parcel sortation to last-mile delivery providers, while improving productivity, accuracy and worker safety as the company’s shipping and ecommerce businesses surpass 50% of total revenue, the companies stated. Pitney Bowes will make the investment in Robot as a Service (RaaS) fees over the next four years, as part of the expansion.

The expansion follows a successful deployment at the Pitney Bowes Stockton, Calif. ecommerce hub, where Pitney Bowes used AmbiSort systems to successfully sort parcels during the 2021 peak holiday season, nearly doubling the throughput for parcel sortation to local direct delivery units.

“As we continue to scale our global ecommerce business, Pitney Bowes is working with some of the most innovative companies in the industry to configure new solutions that improve our service offerings and make B2C ecommerce logistics easier for our clients,” said Gregg Zegras, EVP and President of Global Ecommerce at Pitney Bowes. “The deployment of AmbiSort AI-powered systems is part of our long-term plan to further enhance our technologically efficient, employee and client-friendly ecommerce logistics network.”

Ambi Robotics is powered by AmbiOS, which the vendor describes as an advanced AI operating system that leverages simulation-to-reality (Sim2Real) technology. As parcel volume exceeds 131 billion annual parcels globally with more than 37% year-over-year growth in the US alone, as revealed in the latest Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, logistics and global delivery organizations continue to seek automated solutions that can quickly scale to meet their unique needs.

Previously, each package handler was tasked to pick, pack, and place items via a manual vertical putwall. With AmbiSort, Pitney Bowes robot operators work alongside 3-4 automated horizontal putwalls with the same amount of mailsacks. This increases each associate’s productivity and output up to four times manual processes with greater sack density to the last mile.

“Every decision we make at Ambi Robotics centers around the value we bring to our customers and how to uplift their employees,’’ said Jim Liefer, CEO of Ambi Robotics. “Our partnership with Pitney Bowes is symbiotic – the company courageously embraces innovation and technology. There is a reason Pitney Bowes is a 100-year strong company.”

“At the heart of Ambi Robotics’ culture of creativity and client-centricity is a core set of values that we share – we look forward to continued collaboration and innovation through our partnership,” said Zegras.

Improvements to AmbiSort since the initial Pitney Bowes deployment, the vendor explained, include all-new robotic hardware components and advanced AI software that increases throughput per square foot. Additional outbound placement locations increase sorting capacity, and the system’s horizontal putwall increases sack density to the last-mile. A new handoff region between the highly-dexterous piece-picking robot cell and the gantry system allows the robot to singulate and grasp a parcel while simultaneously placing another parcel in the appropriate last-mile mail-sack.

Article Topics

Ambi Robotics
Pitney Bowes
   All topics

Ambi Robotics News & Resources

Pitney Bowes delivers for USPS
Sortation and robotics layout at Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes and Ambi Robotics sign $23 million deployment expansion
Ambi Robotics selects DWFritz to manufacture AI-powered robotic systems
Ambi Robotics appoints Jim Liefer as CEO

Latest in Materials Handling

Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association releases semi-annual statistics
Zebra study: nearly six in 10 warehouse leaders plan to deploy RFID by 2028
Conveying Strategies for Robotic Applications: How to Maximize Throughput
Combilift enters offshore wind sector with handling solution, collaborating with Siemens Gamesa
Kion Group partners with Li-Cycle to recycle lithium lift truck batteries in Europe
Record-breaking Pack Expo Las Vegas exceeds expectations
Dexterity AI and FedEx unveil robotics trailer loading technology
More Materials Handling

Subscribe to Materials Handling Magazine

Subscribe today!
Not a subscriber? Sign up today!
Subscribe today. It's FREE.
Find out what the world's most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today.

September 2023 Modern Materials Handling

Providers of automated packaging and carton right-sizing solutions have thrived by offering systems that deliver on labor and parcel shipment savings— now they’re looking to further evolve by looking to use lighter materials and support flexible “box-first” workflows.

Latest Resources

Conveying Strategies for Robotic Applications: How to Maximize Throughput
This webinar will discuss the recent development of embedding motion-control technology into conveyors to enable packages to be correctly presented to a robot so that throughput of the manual task that the robot has been assigned to perform is maximized.
Improve safety and ergonomics with code-compliant stairs
Outside the Box: Why parcel shippers are suddenly focusing on packing
More resources

Latest Resources

2023 Automation Study: Usage & Implementation of Warehouse/DC Automation Solutions
2023 Automation Study: Usage & Implementation of Warehouse/DC Automation Solutions
This research was conducted by Peerless Research Group on behalf of Modern Materials Handling to assess usage and purchase intentions forautomation systems...
How Your Storage Practices Can Affect Your Pest Control Program
How Your Storage Practices Can Affect Your Pest Control Program
Discover how your storage practices could be affecting your pest control program and how to prevent pest infestations in your business. Join...

Warehousing Outlook 2023
Warehousing Outlook 2023
2023 is here, and so are new warehousing trends.
Extend the Life of Brownfield Warehouses
Extend the Life of Brownfield Warehouses
Today’s robotic and data-driven automation systems can minimize disruptions and improve the life and productivity of warehouse operations.
Power Supply in Overhead Cranes: Energy Chains vs. Festoons
Power Supply in Overhead Cranes: Energy Chains vs. Festoons
Download this white paper to learn more about how both systems compare.