2020, for all its faults, is the year that almost every company and business “decided” to finally jump into Ecommerce. This includes not only selling online directly to end users, but the various means of getting the product into their hands including in-store fulfillment. While Retailers’ online sites in 2018 totaled sales over $400 billion, they will far exceed that in 2020 and are expected to grow to over $700 billion in 2020, with some of the fastest growth coming in food and beverage (23.4% - 58.5%) and health and beauty increasing from 16.6% to 32.4%. (source: eMarketer.com). That pace along with the expected drop in total brick-and-mortar sales means Ecommerce will make up over 14% of total retail sales in 2020.
What is the quickest way for a dock manager to load two trucks from one bay, each with twelve pallets, loaded equally with three different products and intended for delivery at two different stops? This can be done faster with Voice Technology. But how?
Order fulfillment continues to become more efficient as warehouse automation technology evolves. Voice collection is one of the most recent technological advances to disrupt the order fulfillment status quo. Vocollect is a hands-free order fulfillment solution that tackles the problems traditionally encountered in complex order fulfillment to offer a simple, user-friendly solution. The result is a comprehensive lineup of organizational benefits across varying use case scenarios that increase profitability, employee retention, and customer satisfaction.
On a recent visit to a global metalworks facility on the East Coast, our team discovered something that forgers and steel operations, which are known for a work environment dealing with extreme heat, have in common with cold storage and frozen operations.
At first glance, you would assume that there is nothing these two environments have in common. After all, no one packs a bag the same way for a ski vacation and a beach vacation. And if challenged to identify a common solution between an ice cream storage facility and a rolled steel mill, we’d probably be hard-pressed to think of one. But there is a big one.
What they have in common is Gloves.
As we’ve noted on multiple occasions in this blog, there are some big advantages that businesses are starting to discover about Voice Collection. While we have walked through a lot of the potential processes that can be improved and the “how to” of how it works, it is perfectly reasonable that many of our readers have asked “Does it really work like that?” or “Is it REALLY that easy?”
Today we are sharing a recent interview with Jim Donahue, Advanced Mobile Group’s resident expert on Voice Collection, who has some thoughts about trends we should expect to see in 2018.
When it comes to some areas in your warehouse, big improvements are often hard to come by. This is especially true for typically labor-intensive areas like picking, or other areas where the work is irregular in timing and cumbersome, like Receiving.
Warehouse technology has evolved rapidly since the internet turned every business into a catalog company. There is almost nothing that a customer doesn’t expect they can have delivered to their door in only a day or two.
Our March to The Fully Mobile Workplace
“Mobile” is a ubiquitous word in our society today, driven mainly by the advancements in digital technology that gave us our smartphones (formerly known as “mobile phones”) as well as many new advancements in business and the world of commerce.
While we have focused on our expertise and solutions in RFID, “mobile” infers a long list of things that are now deployed in distribution centers, including but not limited to: