Shopify today it is acquiring , a startup focused on fulfillment automation for e-commerce and retail operations. The deal is valued at approximately $450 million — 60% in cash and 40% in shares.
In June at , Shopify announced the , which uses machine learning to ensure timely deliveries and lower shipping costs. Shopify’s fulfillment centers span California, Georgia, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The network, which is only available in early access, supports merchants that ship between 10 to 10,000 packages per day. The company hopes to eventually support between 3 to 30,000 packages per day. The 6 River Systems acquisition looks like an attempt to speed up that growth.
“Shopify is taking on fulfillment the same way we’ve approached other commerce