A 3D mapping and voice navigation system to improve efficiency at logistics centres March 25th, 2019
Organisations, challenged with running large IT infrastructures with limited resources, are becoming aware of technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and their capability to ensure asset optimisation and enhance profitability. Many companies are turning to technology to handle the extra workload because it enables them to track and locate valuable assets without the need for additional labour.
The scale of e-commerce is growing rapidly every year. With more online retailers offering same-day deliveries, logistics providers are now required to fulfil their services with greater focus on speed and convenience. With more and more products, warehouse operators find themselves grappling with the complexity of inventory management, lower worker productivity, and labour shortages. Currently workers in conventional warehouses have to find and pick items on their picking lists relying on shelf numbers. They are unable to handle on-the-spot order changes, and varied levels of experience lead to inconsistencies in picking speed, which impede productivity.
Traditional e-commerce fulfilment, picking, packing, and shipping single items and small volume orders to consumers, is extremely labour-intensive. What these warehouse operators need is a solution that can support and optimise e-fulfilment.
Introducing a disruptive solution!
For these users SATO launched Visual Warehouse, a solution to help improve accuracy and efficiency in incoming/outgoing shipments and itemised storage. This solution has the ability to identify and present the shortest picking route via a virtual 3D map displayed on a wrist-mounted wearable device. In addition to a route mapping feature, the solution also gives simple voice guidance instructions like, "Turn right at the next aisle" or "Picking quantity changed to XX." With Visual Warehouse, workers receive picking data on their wearable devices and follow images and audio instructions to pick the right items. They can deal with order changes flexibly and have both hands free to work more efficiently. Performance tests showed that the use of Visual Warehouse improved productivity by 30% and reduced significantly the travel time per picking order.