May 4, 2021

NextShiftRobotics400x275JASCI Software, which develops software-as-a-service warehouse management software, has announced the acquisition of NextShift Robotics, an autonomous mobile robot maker based in Lowell, Mass. As a result of the acquisition, NextShift will operate as JASCI Robotics, focused on innovating warehousing and logistics, the companies said in a statement. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“JASCI is uniquely positioned to help customers reach their goals by offering a complete solution – software and robotics hardware in a single platform – without complex integrations and coding projects,” said Daniel Napoli, CTO and co-founder of JASCI Software. “We bring an entirely new way of delivering flexibility, speed, efficiency and accuracy to match the service levels required in today’s commerce.”

Mary Ellen Sparrow, CEO and co-founder of NextShift Robotics, as well as a known robotics expert in Massachusetts, will join the new company as a co-founder. The NextShift patent portfolio includes eight robotics patents, with three unique patents and one patent family containing five additional patents.

NextShift has developed a robotic operating system that senses and learns the warehouse environment in real time. By incorporating lidar and cameras, the autonomous robot has pinpoint accuracy in its movements, along with a mapping/traffic management system. The company said hundreds of robots can navigate the warehouse simultaneously with efficiency and safety alongside humans and material handling equipment. JASCI provides the ability to task and orchestrate this in real-time, leveraging its SmartTask workflow technology.

“We are innovating the logistics industry by addressing labor shortages, staff turnover, fulfillment speed, inventory accuracy, and even pandemic viruses,” said Craig Wilensky, CEO and co-founder of JASCI Software. “The ability to smartly orchestrate people, robotics and material handling automation in real-time from a single platform eliminates silos of complicated technology that were previously needed.”

JASCI’s cloud-native architecture leverages Oracle’s autonomous cloud to provide limitless ability for growth and scaling businesses globally, the company added. The ability to offer robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) is something the company is looking at.

“Robotics as a service is on our radar, as it can provide attractive ROIs and quick payback for companies looking to invest in this technology without having to commit to a big capital investment,” said Mark Rechan, CFO of JASCI Software.

For more details on NextShift Robotics, visit its website.

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