Multi-Modal Warehouse Solutions

Multi-Modal Warehouse Solutions

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Multi-Modal Warehouse Solutions

By 2020, 51% of warehouse professionals surveyed said they are planning to implement multi-modal voice-picking apps that give workers more ways to collect and process data, such as barcode scanning and viewing data on the screen.

WHY? INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

Multi-modal solutions integrate speech directed and mobile computing applications to simplify workflow processes, increase task completion speed and improve accuracy through additional input modes available on most wearable systems.

  • Convenient for workers picking multiple orders at once
  • Allows workers to pick more orders in a single day
  • Enables greater picking accuracy with voice and on-screen prompts

How Multi-Modal Workers Spend Their Time (vs. their voice-only counterparts)

  • 14% less total walking time to complete an order than voice-only workers
  • 18.1% less time picking all items in an order
  • 15.4% less time overall fulfilling an order

When evaluating solutions, keep these 7 things in mind:

  1. Satisfy worker preferences (i.e., a ring scanner that can accommodate the user’s dominant hand)
  2. Ergonomics play a key role in satisfying user demands and keeping workers safe, so be sure to keep worker comfort in mind
  3. If voice direction will be used, look for noisecanceling headsets for hectic work areas
  4. Choose devices that are designed for rugged environments
  5. Consider cordless headsets for maximum mobility
  6. Stay organized with an all-in-one cradle system and common/swappable batteries
  7. Significantly lower training time by leveraging Android’s modern, user-friendly OS

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By 2020, 51% of warehouse professionals surveyed said they are planning to implement multi-modal voice-picking apps that give workers more ways to collect and process data, such as barcode scanning and viewing data on the screen.

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