COVID-19 Lockdown Proving the Case for Logistics and Supply Chain Robotics

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Joseph Giordano, Cowen’s robotics analyst speaks with Daniel Theobald, Founder and CEO, Vecna Robotics & Co-founder/President, MassRobotics and Karen Leavitt, Chief Marketing Officer at Locus Robotics.

They discuss the adoption and scaling of robotic systems in warehouses, the impact of stay-at-home orders, growth of eCommerce amid the coronavirus pandemic and how robots impact worker safety and efficiency amid social distancing efforts. They also discuss improvements in technology such as sensors, software and interoperability standards that have made robots more prevalent.

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Joseph Giordano is a Managing Director at Cowen and a senior equity research analyst covering robotics and industrials.


Daniel Theobald, Founder, CEO, Vecna Robotics & Co-founder, President, MassRobotics

Daniel has decades of experience leading research scientists and teams of engineers in developing cutting edge robotics technology. He has 67 issued patents and over 30 patents pending. In 2018 he founded Vecna Robotics, now a global leader in autonomous solutions for the logistics industry. In 2014 he co-founded MassRobotics, a non-profit dedicated to the global advancement of the robotics industry. He is dedicated to the idea that technology can be used to improve life for everyone on the planet. 

Karen Leavitt, Chief Marketing Officer, Locus Robotics

In her role as CMO of Locus Robotics, Karen brings over twenty years of experience developing innovative, creative, and effective marketing programs for a wide range of technology companies, from start‐ups to Fortune 1000 public companies. Karen’s outstanding analytical and technical abilities deliver insight and innovative programs that consistently deliver positive marketing ROI. She also serves as Locus’s dynamic and articulate corporate spokesperson before press, analysts, customers, partners, and investors.

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