Using voice-directed order picking with a warehouse management system has long been proven to smooth operations, but many organizations are missing a beat by relying on older systems for warehouse voice picking that are expensive to support and difficult to use.
Switching to a smart, Android-based solution has many benefits. Here are 6 ways to make smart money on your warehouse voice picking operations.
1. Smart device, smart operations
Smart devices support voice, screen-based applications, bar code/RFID scanning, imaging and various other input methods. And, because they’re so smart, they’re easy for operators to see and sort pick-lists, scan lot or serial numbers with several characters or even manually enter them via the keypad.
2. Reduce total cost of ownership
Faster deployments, lower hardware costs and faster user adoption all help to reduce the total cost of ownership of a smart-device solution. The cost of investment in legacy systems for warehouse voice picking is high, not to mention many different dedicated hand-held devices and associated support costs.
3. A solution that pays for itself
With an 80% reduction in pick-error rates and a 30% boost in productivity – switching to a smart-device-based solution for your warehouse voice picking begins to pay for itself from day one.
4. Switch on and go
Having a pre-configured, out of the box device for warehouse voice picking that can literally be switched on and ready to go is highly efficient, particularly if the business employs seasonal or temporary workers.
5. WMS agnostic and flexible
Choosing voice technology that uses an open architecture and can easily interface with legacy and a variety of warehouse management systems, allows for quick and easy implementation and ROI. When the smart-device can be used throughout the warehouse – from receiving to shipping – the business will benefit from flexibility, reduced hardware costs and speed to use.
6. Risk-free investment
Before committing to any system, conduct a proof of concept in your own environment. If the goal is order picking, compare the productivity and accuracy of your current system against your prospective voice solution and measure the results.
Take your next step to making smart money on your warehouse voice picking
Moving to smart devices for your warehouse voice picking and other operations should be a question of “when” and not “if.” A solution that starts to pay for itself from day one and reduces pick error rates by 80% should be a high priority for businesses needing to take their warehouse operations to the next level.
For more information on how to save by switching to a smart device solution, watch this video of Symphony RetailAI’s Warehouse Voice Picking and Operations solution.