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Supply Chain Execution

Last Mile Logistics

More consumers want faster, free delivery options from shippers. While new technologies, like drone delivery, big data analytics and the Internet of things (IoT) push the boundaries of traditional last mile delivery logistics, growing complexity continues to puzzle shippers.

In addition, up to 30 percent of consumers are willing to pay premium prices on shipping for same-day and instant delivery, reports McKinsey & Company. However, growing demand for an omnichannel shopping experience, reflecting a seamless integration across multiple shopping channels, will require shippers rethink traditional last mile delivery logistics and understand how to address its complex pain points.

Omnichannel Takes the Supply Chain To The Next level

How technology in logistics grew throughout 2016 is not limited to the technology that delivers products or enables better, faster picking processes. Over the last year, huge strides were made in machine-to-machine connectivity, as foreseen by our predictions, ranging from the greater use of automated identification and data capture (AIDC) and stronger resolve for more omnichannel logistics solutions.

Many of these advancements were expected to bring substantial investment into supply chains, and they did just that.

Vision Picking

Imagine that you are shopping and want to know how other consumers have judged a jacket that you consider buying. By looking at the product with your smart glasses, you immediately see additional information alongside the cover - user ratings, product price range and delivery information - all of which make your purchase decision possible. This is Augmented Reality (AR) - where every object you see can be enriched with additional and valuable information. AR is defined as the extension of physical reality by adding layers of computer-generated information to the real environment. Needless to mention the potential of AR within a warehouse environment. Adoption of AR in picking and sorting processes is growing, results and benefits are clear.

Feedback received from warehouse operators furthermore demonstrates how the ergonomic benefit offered by the augmented reality solution is highly appreciated by the user. Just like the rear view window when driving the extra information is always available in the background and in a more supporting manner. It does need to be memorized in contrast to the data displayed on a radio terminal screen and by consequence experienced as a much more relaxed way of performing the task. Introduction of a new technology typically also comes with a possibility to optimally map and align existing business processes to the new application.

Automated Warehouse


AR in Logistics
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