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Survey reveals that most business leaders think new kinds of business partnerships are driving innovation during the pandemic

Added 11-27-20 03:14:02am EST - “Partnerships are the third most important driver of transformation that companies will be investing in 2021.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Survey reveals that most business leaders think new kinds of business partnerships are driving innovation during the pandemic”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

For many companies, "we're all in this together" has become more than a motto during the pandemic. Partnerships have turned into a key mechanism for tapping into opportunities and overcoming obstacles.

Fetch Robotics has always relied on partnerships to build autonomous mobile robots that work in warehouses, factories, and distribution centers. Traditionally, the San Jose, CA-based company teamed with software integrators or large vendors if a customer wanted a whole warehouse built.

"When the pandemic hit, our door opened to more robot builders," said founder and chief executive Melonee Wise. Companies that made UV lightning and disinfectant products wanted to bolt their goods onto Fetch's autonomous robots.  

Fetch was already making robotic assistants for hospitals. Wise spent the first three months of the year vetting new partners, making sure they had sufficient "engineering chops." The result has been seven partnerships with companies that make disinfectants for different uses or verticals.

At the Albuquerque Airport, for example, a robot called "The Breezy One" rolls out of a closet right after the last plane of the day has landed and all the passengers have departed. Using a predetermined map, the robot goes through the empty terminal, filling it with a fog of powerful disinfectant.

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