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SoftBank Robotics partners with Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies

SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies (BCHS), part of international and outsourcing group, Bunzl plc.

Under the agreement, BCHS will now offer Whiz, Europe’s first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its FM and cleaning clients.

Whiz is a simple to use and reliable self-driving cleaning solution designed for vacuuming. It works alongside cleaning teams, taking over repetitive, heavy-duty vacuuming of large areas of flooring, and freeing up workers to focus on high value tasks which make a real difference to service delivery and client satisfaction. For example, the sanitisation of hard surfaces, such as door handles and lift buttons, which is critical in preventing the transmission of Covid-19.

David Cousins, Managing Director of BCHS, said: “We see huge potential for Whiz to make a real difference to our clients by increasing cleaning performance and helping to meet heightened expectations around hygiene as a result of Covid-19. Whiz will enable our customers to meet and exceed service level agreements, through greater levels of consistency and improvements in operational efficiency and agility.”

Nils J.van der Zijl, VP Sales & Marketing at SoftBank Robotics EMEA, said: “We’re seeing a real surge in demand for Whiz amongst FM providers and cleaning clients across the whole region as the pandemic continues to disrupt economies and businesses. Contractors and facility management teams are facing huge pressure to deliver improved cleaning performance and consistency, to ensure buildings are safe and hygienic, and to encourage people back to work, as and when lockdown restrictions are eased. Whiz has a big part to play in this, freeing up cleaning staff to focus on high-traffic, high-touch areas, and picking up the slack when team members are absent.”
This is the latest in a series of new partnerships that Softbank Robotics EMEA has signed this month, across Europe, as demand for Whiz continues to grow.


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