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A Discussion with Bruce Welty, Part 1: Is a Robot in Your Future?
18th December 2020 • Supply Chain is Boring • Supply Chain Now
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Bruce Welty never wanted to build robots; Amazon.com made him do it. Starting in the 1970s, Welty, specialized in software for managing warehouses. In 2009, he shifted gears and founded Quiet Logistics, a company that used robots from Kiva Systems of North Reading to dramatically reduce warehouse operating costs. But three years later, retailing titan Amazon.com acquired Kiva, cutting off Welty’s robot supply. He saw only one hope — build his own robots.

Take a listen to Bruce’s story about his career and success tips for starting a business.

Bruce Welty is the Founder and Vice Chairman of Quiet Logistics. Bruce has been a pioneer and visionary in automating warehouses since before the Internet. He has built, bought and sold some of the industry’s most innovative companies. He’s automated warehouses for Fortune 500s, e-Commerce startups, and even built a fulfillment company that ships more than $1 billion worth of e-Commerce orders each year. It was his direct experience with warehouses, fulfillment, and robotics that inspired him to build an entirely new solution.


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60 minutes interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8e6ZXOHolo

Dynamo podcast: https://www.dynamo.vc/podcasts/fosc-48-bruce-welty-of-quiet-3pf

Five Things to Know About Bruce Welty: https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/10/28/five-things-you-should-know-about-bruce-welty/0M5RLcNnlE9pFkD1fo075M/story.html

The New Warehouse – Episode 1: https://www.thenewwarehouse.com/2019/03/10/episode-01-bruce-welty/

Demo with Bruce Welty @ Techcrunch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul9PoIzyBjA

How Locus Robotics Plans to Build a Successor to Amazon’s KIVA: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/locus-robotics-warehouse-automation-robots

The Constructrr Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/57gJHjVLKjIpXfVJ9xeONJ

CIO Review: https://robotics.cioreview.com/vendor/2017/locus_robotics

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