Working night and day, Harvest Automation robots space over 40,000 poinsettia plants in four days at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC.
McCorkle Nurseries configures their Neal Mill Farms for peak optimization with the Harvest Automation HV-100 robots.
Altman Plants spaced hundreds of thousands of plants since the start of its year. Without robots, this would have required dozens of workers.
Loma Vista Nursery used drop trailers and robots to space plants during the busy spring shipping season.
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Harvest Automation has identified the US Nursery & Greenhouse sector of the Agriculture industry as our initial market because of the high number of manual laborers required and their significant issues around labor availability and productivity. The U.S. Nursery and Greenhouse industry produces approximately $17B of ornamental horticulture products per year selling to retailers (e.g. Home Depot, Walmart, independent garden centers) as well as large landscapers, municipalities, and resellers. The production of ornamental plants requires vast amounts of manual labor with labor accounting for over 30% of production costs.
Harvest conducted in-depth research to clearly identify the breadth of strategic challenges facing the Nursery & Greenhouse industry. These challenges are centered on the industry's ongoing need to reduce production costs and successfully resolve related labor issues associated with container handling. Using Harvest's products will drive significant operational improvements in the following areas:
|50% unit handling cost reduction||✓|
|Improve long-term cost visibility||✓|
|Less susceptible to worker availability||✓||✓|
|Better immigration compliance||✓||✓|
|Improved worker safety/health||✓||✓|
|Less susceptible to labor law changes||✓||✓|
|Less susceptible to healthcare changes||✓||✓|
|More container handling flexibility||✓||✓|
|Efficient water, pesticide, herbicide usage||✓||✓|