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From Ghost Kitchens to Alphabots, broken supply chains are primed for a fix

By Chris Buck, ROBO Global   One of the things that the current crisis has made abundantly clear is just how fragile our supply chains can be. When the reality of a widespread quarantine became clear, essentials like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, milk, and flour vanished from grocery shelves in a matter of days. Even then, most people assumed that once the hoarding was over all would be well. After all, the global supply chains for the goods we rely on every day are sophisticated, aut...

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Amid the pandemic, ROBO Global offers a silver lining

By Richard Lightbound, ROBO Global   The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered its share of surprises. While scientists and researchers have predicted a pandemic of this proportion for years (this Bill Gates TedTalk from 2015 offers some fascinating background), once the coronavirus hit, nations around the globe were woefully unprepared. While the virus certainly caught the world off guard, there have come some notably positive surprises in the form of human caring and resilience. Doctors a...

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Investing in the face of COVID-19

By Bill Studebaker, CIO & President & Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global    Seemingly overnight, we have been tossed from one world into another. Just weeks ago, the global economy was thriving, the stock market was at an all-time high, and spirits were good. Today, our environment is uncertain. We face an invisible enemy and panic is everywhere. From where we sit in the eye of this storm, the only way to address the coronavirus and contagion is constant vigila...

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ISRA Vision AG: Delivering the next generation of machine vision

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global   Machine vision technology first entered industrial application in the early 1970s, but due to high computing costs, penetration had been limited for decades. All of that has changed as robotics and automation have rapidly permeated nearly every industry sector and continues to disrupt industries around the world. In today’s quickly changing world of manufacturing, the combination of robotics, automation, and AI is enabling the nex...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: January 2020 Market Brief

By Bill Studebaker, CIO & President, ROBO Global   The coronavirus once again dominated headlines in January, and the spread of the outbreak beyond China’s borders took its toll on the global markets—at least over the short-term. Market stabilizers included an increase in Q4 earnings for S&P 500 companies compared to a year earlier, a hold on interest rates by the Fed, and the UK’s official departure from the EU (it took long enough!). Looking back to Asia and the pot...

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5G in 2020: Buckle up for change!

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global   Chip device makers and mobile operators all over the world agree: 2020 is poised to be a pivotal year for 5G. What’s ahead? New chips; cheaper, more integrated devices; and broader coverage for 5G networks. It’s a transition that will transform how we live, how we work, and how we engage with each other. And while nearly every industry will benefit from this rapid evolution, some of the sectors that stand to gain the most are he...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: December 2019 Market Brief

By Bill Studebaker, CIO & President, ROBO Global   What a difference a year makes. Investors climbed yet another wall of worry in December, enabling the bull market to rise to new record highs. It was a welcome mid-cycle refresh that can help extend the expansion. In December 2018 we articulated our extremely bullish view on robotics and artificial intelligence. Penetration rates were at their nascent beginnings, and all arrows were pointing to decades of growth. At the same ti...

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At Rockwell Automation, all eyes are on innovation and growth

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global   At Rockwell Automation’s annual Investor Conference and Automation Fair last month, it was clear that two things are driving the company’s strategy moving forward: innovation and growth. A leader in automation control systems, the company offers software and equipment for manufacturers to run their factories. Its solutions are used in a wide variety of industries such as automotive, electronics, consumer packaged goods, food &am...

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Thematic Investing: The Intersection of Robotics and AI

By Prof. Wyatt Newman, PhD When I was asked to present a keynote address on robotics and AI at the LGIM Thematic Investing Forum in London last month, I was quite honored. What was most thrilling to me, however, wasn’t the invitation itself, but the fact that a conference focused on thematic investing was placing robotics and AI at the top of the bill. That level of recognition has been a long time coming, and from my vantage point, I believe it’s high time investors took note of the imme...

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Investing in Technology? These Industry Trends Point to Future Growth Opportunities

From Silicon Valley’s TechCrunch and RoboBusiness, to the Northeast’s Future of Health and Hubspot, we’ve seen a slew of industry conferences and events bring together the top minds and companies in tech over the past few months. As we roll into the final countdown of this decade, everyone is anxious to see the final showcases and sales of the year—investors included. Investing in technology can be a tricky path to navigate. As a financial research firm, we at ROBO Global closely foll...

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