Alert Innovation, Inc and Murata Machinery, Ltd Announce Partnership to Expand Reach of Alphabot® Technology

Groundbreaking technology to transform automation beyond grocery retail

BOSTON, MA, August 19, 2019 /Alert Innovation, Inc/ – Under the terms of the partnership, Murata Machinery, Ltd. (hereinafter, Muratec) a global leader in the material handling industry, will collaborate with Alert Innovation in both the development and commercialization of Alert Innovation’s Alphabot® material handling technology. Having recognized Alphabot’s superior capabilities across diverse automation applications, Muratec will adapt and sell the technology to support applications beyond Alert Innovation’s focus on transforming grocery retail.

“We developed the Alphabot technology to solve arguably the most difficult automation challenge in any industry, namely automating the supermarket,” says John Lert, Founder and CEO of Alert Innovation. “In solving that problem, we have created a technology that will be the best-in-class solution for a broad array of automation problems as well. Our partnership with Murata makes it possible for companies other than food retailers to benefit from this breakthrough technology, and it will also make both Muratec and Alert Innovation stronger companies in the process.”

Alphabot features robots that can navigate three-dimensional structures and is the most capital-efficient and broadly scalable each picking technology ever developed. It will power retail applications ranging from store-level micro-fulfillment systems to massive eCommerce fulfillment centers, and a large array of applications in factory automation and hospital automation.

“We believe the flexible mobile robotics solution that Alert Innovation has pioneered in the United States will provide distinct advantages for our customers with regard to storage density, cost efficiency and high reliability with no single point of failure”, says Toshihiko Ishiyama, Managing Director of Muratec.

About Alert Innovation, Inc

Founded in 2013, Alert Innovation’s mission is to improve people’s lives through innovation, starting with retail, by transforming how people shop and how retailers operate. Alert Innovation has brought to market the Alphabot Automated Storage and Retrieval System and Automated Each-Picking System and is creating a new kind of automated supermarket called Novastore™.

About Murata Machinery, Ltd.

For half a century, Muratec’s automated material handling systems have assisted over 5,000 companies in creating efficient storage and shipping systems. Muratec’s automated turnkey material handling and information control systems have positioned Muratec as a global leader in the material handling industry.

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EY Announces JOHN LERT of ALERT INNOVATION Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award Finalist in New England

John Lert joins ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in New England region

NORTH BILLERICA, MA  May 15, 2019 /Alert Innovation, Inc./ – EY today announced that John Lert, Founder and CEO of Alert Innovation is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the New England region. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. John Lert was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 26 at the Westin Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts.

Alert Innovation’s Micro-Fulfillment Center technology, designed from the ground up for putting automation inside grocery stores, enables Click and Collect to be a profitable way to serve customers and powers a new kind of automated supermarket, the Novastore. More information at

Now in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the New England region, gold sponsors include fama PR, the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Nixon Peabody, True Search and Woodruff Sawyer. Silver sponsors include Brown Brothers Harriman, Chatham Financial, Empire Valuation Consultants, Morgan Lewis, Sullivan & Worcester and T3 Advisors.

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Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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