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Vision Picking Can Be Transformed Through Smart Engineers and Processes

Augmented reality, smart glasses and other technologies are not enough in themselves to unlock value.

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This guide provides a framework for evaluating voice picking systems for use in warehouses and distribution centers.

With rising demand and shipping volumes, Rotary overhauled its fulfillment systems and processes to continue to meet their customers’ next-day delivery demands.

Many distribution centers (DC) realize 40 percent productivity gains using voice in their picking processes, while others see improvements of 10 percent or less; this gap represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential labor cost savings. These variations show that the value of voice depends on factors beyond the technology itself.

The significant increase in direct-to-consumer shipments has negatively impacted warehouse labor efficiency and throughput. This report examines warehouse management strategies to help address these impacts.

Labor is the single largest operating cost in most DCs, and travel often accounts for as much as 50% of labor time.

Growing sales, more e-commerce orders, and an increasingly tight labor market are spurring business investment at distribution centers large and small; software investments lead the way, while some operators are building all-new DCs or investing in material handling automation.

Manual distribution and fulfillment processes need to be re-evaluated, in order for retailers to keep up with the modern omni-channel demands of consumers.

Over the past decade the underlying speech recognition technology used in warehouse applications has undergone a significant evolution due in large part to developments in consumer and non-industrial markets, everything from GPS and smartphones to medical transcription and call centers.

Lucas Mobile Work Execution solutions optimize hands-on work and streamline manual processes with mobile applications that are designed to make work easier, faster, and more accurate for workers.

Application integration is an important consideration in any software or IT decision, but there are a number of myths and misperceptions that have arisen around connecting new voice and mobile work solutions with existing warehouse systems.