About NextShift Robotics

What We Do

Autonomous mobile robot picking order from warehouse shelf.NextShift Robotics helps online retailers expedite order fulfillment and manufacturers increase productivity with autonomous warehouse robots. NextShift’s robots provide the scalability required to keep pace with increasing demand and ever rising customer expectations.

Our systems are compatible with existing infrastructure and expand existing warehouse capabilities, reduce turnover, and help scale for variable order volumes.

Seeing is believing. Contact us to arrange a visit our test center in Lowell, MA.


Who We Are

We are a Massachusetts-based team which brings significant warehousing, manufacturing, and industrial automation experience to meeting the demands of the e-commerce order fulfillment and manufacturing markets. We won a Mass Innovation award for Favorite New Product and were highlighted for our cutting edge technology by:

  •  MIT Technology Review
  • Robot Report
  • TARC Technology Review


Our Team

Mary Ellen Sparrow Co-Founder & CEO
30+ years expertise in material handling & robotics. Patented and trademarked traffic management software for Material Handling Systems. Mary Ellen is a member of the Mass Technology Leadership Council in the Robotics Division as well as an invited member of ASTM F45 standard for Driverless Automated Guided Industrial Vehicles
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Stephen Toebes Co-Founder and CPO
50+ patents in robotics and automation. Steve has led world class engineering teams in robotics and automation for 17+ years. Nurtured two start-up companies to become industry-leading entities.
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Dave Anderson Board Member
30+ years expertise helping numerous global corporations transform their supply chains into world-class organizations. Dr. Anderson is Managing General Partner of Supply Chain Ventures, LLC, and is a retired managing partner of supply chain consulting at Accenture. Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the United Kingdom and a Member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in the United States.
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Thomas Nightingale Board Member
30+ years expertise as a driven, growth-oriented, executive leader with experience managing global teams and a proven, progressive record of outstanding achievement and strategic growth in high-change situations requiring business and commercial skills in large companies as well as start-up companies. Mr. Nightingale is the President and CEO of International Package Shipping, as well as a board member of various organizations.
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Christopher Russell Business Advisor
25 year veteran who worked his way from warehouse to executive office and has successfully lead two supply chain optimization start ups.
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Fred Hajjar Advisor
Managing Partner at Weston Supply Chain Consulting advising C-Suite / Executive Committee. He spent 8 years at Staples and was an Executive Partner at Accenture.
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Peter Vandermeulen Advisor
Serial Entrepreneur in Industrial Automation & Robotics.
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