Unbox Robotics Launches UnboxSort in U.S. Market, Exhibits at ProMat 2023

The India-based robotics company has honed its package-sorting and order-consolidation technology and is aiming to serve intralogistics operations worldwide.

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UnboxSort is designed to improve parcel picking throughput.
Unbox Robotics' CEO said at ProMat 2023 that the India-based company is offering its UnboxSort system to logistics providers in the U.S. after successful e-commerce deployments.

CHICAGO—At ProMat 2023 last week, Unbox Robotics Pvt. Ltd. said it plans to expand from India's intralogistics market and offer its automated fulfillment technology to the U.S. market. The Pune, India-based company cited successful deployments of its sortation systems and mobile robots at e-commerce provider Flipkart.

“We are excited to present our revolutionary parcel-sorting and order-consolidation robotics tech—UnboxSort—at ProMat 2023 and demonstrate its benefits for companies of all sizes seeking automation,” stated Pramod Ghadge, co-founder and CEO of Unbox Robotics.

“We started with the problem of high-speed retrieval and parcel sorting at Flipkart in 2019,” he told Robotics 24/7. “We founded Unbox to complement mass-picking systems and ASRS [automated storage and retrieval systems].”

UnboxSort designed to solve three problems

“Powered by a swarm intelligence-based sorting mechanism, the UnboxSort system empowers customers to process parcel sortation efficiently and helps them scale up their operations and transition to Industry 4.0 with ease,” said Ghadge. He explained that UnboxSort, “smart racks,” and its multi-robot control software can solve three problems:

  1. Area: By providing a dense area for robots to move and lift bins between conveyance and putwalls, Unbox's systems can compress operations to 70% to 50% of the space, Ghadge said.
  2. Modularity: Unbox claimed that its systems can be installed less than two weeks without requiring a mezzanine.
  3. Scalability: Ghadge said UnboxSort can feed 100 destinations, and customers can easily add more.

Unbox Robotics claimed that its system can sort up to 1,000 to 20,000 parcels per hour on demand, making it useful for both small e-commerce startups and large multinationals. The company noted that it can scale its deployment with the size of a building or seasonal throughput requirements.

“By vertically sorting parcels, the system helps customers achieve 3x productivity [and] sorting accuracy of 99.99%,” said Unbox. The company partnered with flooring provider Resindek for its display at ProMat, which involved mobile robots with scissor lifts and roller tops.

Indian company looks to global markets

“Our participation at this industry event is our commitment to expand Unbox Robotics' footprint in the international markets in the coming months,” Ghadge said in reference to ProMat 2023.

Unbox said it already supports several leading e-commerce, retail, and third-party logistics (3PL) companies around the world with its “plug-and-play” automation for fulfillment.

Global investors in the U.S., India, U.K., and Singapore have backed Unbox Robotics, which raised $7 million in Series A funding in December 2022.

The company also said it has received recognition as a sample vendor in the 2022 Gartner Hype Cycle for Mobile Robots and Drones, the 2022 Gartner Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Execution Technologies, and Gartner's 2022 report on “Emerging Tech Impact Radar: Smart Robots and Drones.”

Editor's note: For more around ProMat 2023, visit Robotics 24/7's special coverage page.

Presenting a glimpse of what our team at Unbox Robotics has been building and deploying as we see an era of rapid parcel deliveries using scarce and costlier real estate. The video is from one of the 3PL facilities where our robots are deployed to automate the parcel sorting operation.

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Eugene Demaitre was editorial director of Robotics 24/7. Prior to joining Peerless Media, he was a senior editor at Robotics Business Review and The Robot Report. Demaitre has also worked for BNA (now part of Bloomberg), Computerworld, and TechTarget. He has participated in numerous robotics-related webinars, podcasts, and events worldwide.
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UnboxSort is designed to improve parcel picking throughput.

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