DHL buys ‘fleet’ of Boston Dynamics package robots

DHL has entered into a US $15 million deal to buy and operate a number of Boston Dynamics Stretch package handling robots for its sites across the USA.

Though it hasn’t been announced as to how many such robots are to be deployed under the deal, Boston Dynamics have said that they will be operating a ‘fleet’ of Stretch robots in the next three years with DHL.

Initially the robots will be put to work unloading trucks at DHL sites, though the equipment can be put to use in other ways and these will be assessed during the roll out of the machines to further automate operations at DHL sites.

Says CEO Robert Playter, “Stretch is Boston Dynamics’ newest robot, designed specifically to remedy challenges within the warehouse space. We are thrilled to be working with DHL Supply Chain to deliver a fleet of robots that will further automate warehousing and improve safety for its associates. We believe Stretch can make a measurable impact on DHL’s business operations, and we’re excited to see the robot in action at scale.”

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