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2 Key Technologies That Reduce DC Employee Training by 75%

The average DC spends 6-8 weeks getting new employees trained and up to standard, representing thousands of dollars in training costs per new hire.

What if you could reduce training time by 75%?

That’s exactly what many DCs have achieved by giving workers more user-friendly and intuitive voice-directed technology.

In most cases, associates can be trained and begin going solo with Lucas Move voice-directed picking applications in less than a day, and many hit standard productivity rates within one to two weeks.

This blog highlights two components of Lucas Move that contribute to drastically increasing the onboarding speed of new and temporary labor, translating to cost savings of several thousand dollars for each new associate hired.

This represents a windfall for any DC that relies on temporary labor, or that is consistently hiring and onboarding new workers.

User-friendly, powerful technology

Today, thousands of warehouse associates are using Lucas Move applications on next-generation Android smartphones and touch computers.

In a world where there are more smart devices than people, it is safe to say that your workforce is familiar with handling a smartphone.

Few people today need instructions on how to turn on or log onto an application on a smartphone, and the device display (which is typically better and bigger than that on traditional RF terminals) can be used to give the user additional information that helps them get up to speed faster.

Users can read their latest voice instructions or scroll back in the dialogue for a better understanding of how the system works.

Jennifer, the voice of Lucas Move

Imagine having a supervisor follow each associate around the warehouse, right there for assistance and answering any questions. Helpful? Yes. Realistic? Oh no. But Jennifer, the voice of Lucas Move, is like having a coach on your shoulder at all times.

What should users do when a product is in the wrong location or is damaged? What about if the pick location is empty? With Lucas Move, users don’t need a supervisor, they can ask Jennifer for help at any time.

Move also offers users two modes, standard and expert, and adaptive user dialogues that help employees work more efficiently as they become more adept at the process.

Learning to pick or move products in a DC using voice and smartphones is almost as easy as learning to find a nearby restaurant using Siri on your iPhone.

DCs will always have to provide general orientation and safety training, but the right tools make task-specific training a breeze.

Not only can this save thousands of dollars per new employee, but it also makes work easier, better and more productive for those new hires.

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Lucas Systems helps companies transform their distribution center operations and continuously adapt to changing market dynamics. Our AI-based warehouse optimization solutions increase worker productivity, operational agility,  and accuracy. The solutions incorporate 23-plus years of process expertise, smart software, and a variety of AI and other optimization technologies that are embodied in Jennifer™, the brain and voice of the Lucas solution. Lucas helps you make the smartest moves at the lowest cost with Jennifer.

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