Amazon has introduced a brand new $1 Billion enterprise funding program, Amazon Industrial Innovation Fund (AIIF). The multi-billion greenback eCommerce large plans to make use of this fund to spend money on corporations working to enhance logistics, provide chain administration and security.
The intent appears crystal clear right here, Amazon is trying to infuse capital in corporations growing applied sciences most suited to enhance Amazon’s personal enterprise. With the worldwide provide chain coping with halts compelled by geopolitical disturbances, and COVID, Amazon’s transfer ought to come as no shock.
In a weblog put up made to handle the announcement additional, Alex Ceballos Encarnacion, vp of worldwide company growth, stated “We’re excited to assist advance these applied sciences as on-line procuring turns into much more essential to people who find themselves on the lookout for extra comfort and time financial savings.”
AIIF is an addition to already present funding initatives from Amazon, equivalent to its MARS and re:MARS conferences.
Whereas Amazon has not specified what number of corporations it plans to spend money on, they did reveal some corporations which might be going to be on their record for this fund. A noticeable development is that every one these listed corporations are engaged on wearables, centered on rising effectivity and luxury of a logistics’ employee. Reportedly, corporations all set to obtain some funding embody US-based Modjoul, who’re engaged on wearables that stop musculoskeletal accidents; Vimaan, one other US-based SaaS firm engaged on Stock administration options; and Agility Robotics, which is making a “bi-pedal strolling robotic” referred to as Digit.
Israel-based BionicHive, growing an autonomous robotic focusing on warehouse storage effectivity, and US-based Mantis Robotics, growing a tactile arm designed to work together and collaborate with a employee, are additionally set to obtain a share from the AIIF.
“At the same time as we’ve frequently improved our operations to higher the worker expertise and enhanced security by the event of recent workstations with higher ergonomics, we hope this fund opens the door for extra collaboration,” Cellabos stated, concluding his assertion on the weblog put up.
Whereas Amazon continues its pursuit of best-in-class customer support, they’ve been in an extended standing authorized battle to consolidate their place within the India retail marketspace.
“The Amazon Industrial Innovation Fund will spend money on corporations that think about options that incrementally enhance supply velocity and additional enhance the expertise of workers working in warehousing and logistics fields.”, the corporate additional added.