Traditional warehouse management is being shaken up with the increased pervasiveness of wearable devices. This hands-free technology offers employees a more efficient way to complete tasks, provides management with real-time analytics, and can even prevent fatigue-related accidents.
Pick up a terminal. Scan a package. Put down a terminal. Pick up a package. Repeat. This process may be completed thousands of times, so even the tiniest amount of time saved on each scan will increase overall efficiency tenfold. With wearable devices, the need to pick up and put down a terminal is obsolete. Employees can easily scan a product with a ring scanner, and the information is displayed using an arm-mounted mobile computer, like the Dolphin 70e Mobile Computer, which now offers a wearable solution.
Wearable devices give employees access to rich information, right at their fingertips. They won’t spend time fumbling with different devices. Instead, they have the flexibility and mobility to quickly switch between tasks as necessary.
That’s not all. Even eyeglasses are getting upgrades. The technology is available. Voice commands and information is displayed through the augmented reality glasses. Employees are able to complete tasks while information is relayed to them en route—like directions for the next pickup. Pickup can be confirmed with voice commands. This completely hands-free solution prevents employees from the distraction of pausing to look up pickup information.
Managers will be better able to track employee movement with the use of wearable devices. This might sound like a little much, but the ability to manage employees without physically being on the warehouse floor offers a variety of benefits. Managers will be able to understand how long it takes an average employee to complete a task. This can help them see when a particular employee is under performing and work to resolve the issue. Management can also make adjustments to the structure of tasks to improve efficiencies. The results of these adjustments can be clearly monitored.
Managers will also be able to easily communicate with employees who are in the process of completing tasks with minimal interruptions. Wearable devices connect staff with managers, fellow employees, and real-time data, so they’re better informed and can make better decisions.
Reduced Fatigue-Related Accidents
The 24/7 pace of warehouses can leave workers feeling fatigued, which can result in mistakes—or worse, accidents. Wearable devices in the form of smart watch technology has already been helping consumers improve their sleep and better understand their bodies, so why not apply that to the business world as well?
Wearable devices can track sleep patterns and compare them with established standards. They also have the capability to wake employees at the optimal time, so they wake feeling refreshed and ready to begin their day. This sleep data can be streamed to managers, allowing them to recognize when employees are excessively fatigued. They can then make informed decisions about employees—like sending them home to rest or assigning them to a lower risk task.
Wearable devices offer a new window to information. The applications are endless, but one thing is for sure, warehouses that implement wearable technology will see improved efficiency, better management, and even a reduction in fatigue-related accidents.