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Vecna Robotics Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021

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Vecna Robotics, the autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and workflow orchestration company, today announced it has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021. Vecna Robotics is ranked as the 4th most innovative company in the logistics category worldwide. Read about the company’s inclusion on the list here.

The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. These companies did more than survive, they thrived—making an impact on their industries and culture as a whole. This year’s MIC list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

“We are pleased to be honored with so many other impressive and impactful global organizations. It’s a testament to the outstanding team here and their tireless efforts to drive innovation in support of our customers and people from all walks of life around the world,” said Daniel Theobald, founder and CEO, Vecna Robotics. “The challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic have brought the need for more flexibility and resilience in our supply chains into sharp focus. We are proud to provide manufacturers, shippers and retailers the ability to automate with confidence, getting goods where they need to go quickly and efficiently while keeping people safe. This recognition from Fast Company acknowledges that we continue to deliver on this promise every day.”

Where most robotics companies create hardware and software specific to one task, Vecna Robotics takes a holistic approach by tackling the hardest problems in supply chain workflow and using automation and continuous learning to solve them. This mission led to the development of Pivotal™, the world’s first multi-agent continuous learning orchestration engine.

Pivotal does three things: automates any piece of material handling equipment, orchestrates robots and people across multiple use cases and from multiple vendors, and provides a continuous learning platform for ongoing productivity gains. The solution provides warehouses with system-wide orchestration, unifying and seamlessly allocating tasks between humans, robots and equipment to increase efficiency and productivity. This has helped to increase productivity at some customer sites by 116% and decrease non-value-added travel by up to 80%. By pairing AMRs and Pivotal, the solution empowers human workers to pursue more fulfilling and less dangerous, repetitive work.

“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2021) is now available online here:


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About Vecna Robotics

Vecna Robotics is the autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and workflow orchestration company that helps distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing organizations streamline their materials handling and logistics operations. Pivotal™, the company’s proprietary orchestration engine, integrates with existing warehouse management systems for a coordinated approach that maximizes throughput, operational efficiency, and human and robot collaboration. Vecna Robotics’ robots are backed with 24/7 US-based live support and proactive monitoring for an industry-leading 99%+ uptime. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.