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When you gaze upon the inner workings of a Kiva warehouse, you may feel like you’re watching a futuristic sci-fi video. Square orange robots move seamlessly up and down the warehouse floor, fetching shelving units filled with items and delivering them to human packers. At the 2011 Wired Business Conference, Kiva Systems founder Mick Mountz explains the system to an audience that can appreciate its complexity and game-changing aspects. Mountz explains how Kiva employs robotics and complex algorithms to automate the “pick, pack and ship” industry. getAbstract recommends the video to computer geeks, robot enthusiasts, those in the warehousing or shipping business, and anyone intrigued by innovation.

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Mick Mountz is chief executive officer and founder of Kiva Systems.


Kiva warehouses use robots and “dynamic,” “adaptive” algorithms to revolutionize “pick, pack and ship” processes. Throughout each warehouse, mobile shelving units, or pods, hold tens of thousands of items. Robots pick the appropriate pod and deliver it to human packers at stations on the floor’s periphery. The packers remove an item from the pod, scan it and pack it. The “high fidelity” system assures accuracy. The packers set the pace, so the next pod arrives when they need it.

Say a customer orders a red T-shirt. The system first determines which...

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