PSFK explores the innovations in robotics and AI that are helping to enable the revolution in direct-to-consumer retail

Here’s a look at five of the key vendors behind the technology that is allowing brands and retailers to streamline their distribution processes in order to operate more nimbly and deliver upon shoppers’ increasing desire for speed and convenience.

In our Future of Retail 2019 report, PSFK identified Bossa Nova Robotics, Kindred AI, Ocado, Takeoff Technologies and Persado as some of the leading robotics companies helping retailers build the DTC future through warehouse automation.

Persado uses AI-generated language and emotion to interact with consumers and collects data from consumer spending patterns for brands to produce customized messages.

Bossa Nova Robotics is an information services company that has created service robots for the global retail industry using enhanced technology of robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and big data to solve the challenges of implementing fully autonomous service robots in busy environments.

Kindred AI is an artificial intelligence company that develops and programs autonomous robots by using innovative computer software to explore and engineer systems that enable robots to interact with and complete tasks in place of humans.

Ocado is an information and technology service company and the world's largest online-only grocery retailer. Ocado’s technology services includes robotics, computer vision systems, machine learning and AI that are used to developed warehouse automation solutions that manage the operations complexity. 

Takeoff is a supermarket technology platform that enables retailers to sell groceries online. Takeoff gives customers access to buy the full assortment of a supermarket and pick up their order in a convenient location using automated micro fulfillment centers to fulfill purchase orders through its brick-and-click model.

Automation and robotics is just one category driving innovation in retail. For more, download PSFK's Future of Retail 2019: A DTC Playbook For Owning The Retail Life Cycle.