Amazon invests in injury-reducing start-up

As part of Amazon's new push to support innovation in supply chain and logistics, it has invested in a start-up that focuses on reducing musculoskeletal injuries.

In an April 21 press release, Amazon announced it was launching a $1 billion industrial innovation fund to encourage new ideas and solutions in customer fulfillment, logistics and supply chain and the creation of new technologies.

One of the start-ups already backed by Amazon as part of the fund is data analytics and wearables company Modjoul. It's developing wearable safety technology that includes real-time safety alerts and recommendations with the aim of reducing common workplace injuries like strains, sprains and musculoskeletal disorders. 

Other companies included in the fund are developing bi-pedal robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence for inventory management as well as robotic arms to work on factory floors.

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