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Kiva Systems

Specialty: Order Fulfillment Technology

Companies such as Zappos and Staples use Kiva System’s warehouse automation system to get their products out the door each day. Kiva’s orange robots can pick up products of all shapes and sizes, up to 3,000 pounds, and bring them to warehouse workers for packing. As a result, orders can be filled more quickly and efficiently. In March, Amazon bought the North Reading, Massachusetts–based company for $775 million.

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