Ware Launches Drone-based Inventory Automation for $1.9 Trillion Warehousing Industry

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Ware, a San Francisco-based technology company, has launched the first warehouse inventory
automation system built on Skydio 2, the world’s smartest drone. Tracking and counting
inventory cost-effectively is one of the $1.9 trillion warehousing industry’s greatest
challenges. Ware’s product was designed specifically to address this, helping
customers increase the accuracy and frequency of their inventory tracking, while
simultaneously reducing its cost.

“The extreme growth of e-commerce has caused warehousing to expand rapidly over
the past two decades,” says Ian Smith, CEO and co-founder of Ware. “That, combined
with the historically-low unemployment rate in the U.S., means that demand for the
warehouse workforce has outstripped the supply. Warehouses are increasingly looking
towards automation and robotics as solutions to fill these gaps in their inventory
departments. That’s why we created Ware.”

Most warehouses and distribution centers strive for twice-yearly or quarterly full-counts
of their inventory, but because of labor challenges and competing priorities, many don’t
reach those goals.

“Today, our solution can deliver full-counts every month—increasing most customers’
frequency by 6x,” explains Joseph Moster, CTO and co-founder of Ware. “Our system
leverages fleets of drones to capture images of every bin location in a facility, giving
operators a visual audit history of the status of their inventory and proactively alerting
them to potential issues.” Moster continues, “And we don’t just stop there—all of those
same images contribute to building the largest-ever visual dataset of warehouse
inventory, which serves as the backbone of our machine learning algorithms.”

Smith makes it clear that while drones are a critical part of their system, Ware doesn’t
build them in-house. “Hardware is hard. So we partnered with Skydio to integrate their
latest drone, Skydio 2, as the data collection vehicle for our system.” This frees Ware to
focus deeply on delivering accurate data results to their customers.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Ware to build the first indoor warehousing
product on Skydio 2,” says Adam Bry, CEO of Skydio. “Indoor drone use cases have
been talked about for years, and with Skydio 2’s visual navigation system and Ware’s
product, it’s finally possible to deliver the solutions customers have been asking for.

Smith closes, “Our mission at Ware is to help warehouses never have to worry about
cycle counting again. We’re excited to have built the first turn-key, enterprise-grade
inventory automation product which finally delivers on the reliability our customers have
been craving.”

Ware’s current focus is the U.S. market but plans to expand internationally in the future.

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