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

Amanda Baier
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AMR and Workflow Orchestration Company Ranks 4th in the Logistics Category on List of World’s Most Innovative Companies

Waltham, MA — March 9, 2021 — 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. The list ranks Vecna Robotics as 4th in the logistics category worldwide. Read about the company’s inclusion on the list here.

The list honors the businesses that have found a way to be resilient in the past year and to turn 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 World’s Most Innovative Companies list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

“It is an honor to make the list alongside 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.”

The Pivotal Difference

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

Pivotal does three things:

  1. automates any piece material handling equipment,
  2. orchestrates robots and people across multiple use cases and from multiple vendors, and
  3. provides a continuous learning platform for ongoing productivity gains.

In short, 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%.  In addition, pairing AMRs and Pivotal empowers human workers to pursue more fulfilling and less dangerous, repetitive work.

About World’s Most Innovative Companies

Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley. He comments on the selection criteria with a focus on resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges. “The companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Lidsky.

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

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2021) is now available online here: https://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2021

About Fast Company

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.