Advanced Warehouse Management Features: Voice Picking
Advanced warehouse management features today often include voice picking. What is voice picking? It’s a way of harnessing voice-recognition software to make picking easier and faster.
The name of the game in advanced warehouse management is speed. Speed, combined with accuracy, is essential to keep warehouses productive and profitable. But, barring a time travel machine, it’s difficult to improve picking speed.
Enter voice activation software. Voice picking enables you to speak aloud the commands for the picking station and get it done in record time. If you would like to see voice-picking software firsthand, contact Scanco to see this exciting new tool in action.
- Voice Picking Helps Employees Find Items Quickly
Large, busy warehouses can seem like labyrinths of shelves, packing stations, and bins. New employees can have a difficult time finding what they’re looking for when they’re picking. With voice picking systems, asking the system where to find items guides users through the warren of aisles in a warehouse to minimize “wander time” and help new employees find items accurately and quickly.
Voice picking systems can also help employees complete tasks in a specific order. This can include finding the right sized box, printing and affixing labels, and confirming that all items in an order have been placed inside a box. This helps employees move purposefully through the warehouse and avoid time wasted looking for items.
- Increases Accuracy
Voice picking systems can be added to warehouse management apps for less cost than a full automation system. It’s more accurate than a completely automated system, too. Advanced warehouse management systems make it seem as if their systems cannot make mistakes, but machine-based picks can include errors. One smeared barcode means errors, as can a faulty read. These mistakes can mess up a day or even a week of picking if the mistake isn’t caught early.
While people are sometimes slower than machines at picking items, people can ask questions and apply common sense to situations. If the item picked doesn’t match the product description, a person knows enough to flag a supervisor and ask why. Voice-picking software can be programmed to ask workers for verbal confirmation that items match their descriptions, which increases order accuracy.
- Voice Picking Means Faster Onboarding
Voice picking can walk employees through every step of the process. From start to finish the voice picking system can get new employees off to the right start as they learn their job. While it cannot replace training entirely, it can shorten the onboarding time by reducing time spent on training. The basics can be learned on the go, which is actually better for adult learners. Adults tend to learn best by doing and voice picking supports this approach.
Voice picking systems and advanced warehouse management tools are also highly intuitive. They’re built with dashboards similar to those used in familiar items like smartphones and other software, making them easier for new employees to learn and use.
In addition to lower training times, voice picking helps create uniform work procedures throughout your warehouse. By directing employees in predictable, step-by-step methods that follow industry best practices, voice-picking functionality helps your employees develop solid work habits that will make it easier for you to run your warehouse on a daily basis.
Advanced Warehouse Management: Voice Picking Benefits
Advanced warehouse management training takes time. That’s where voice picking can help—by shaving off time from the training process. There are many areas in which voice picking can help reduce training time. This includes:
- Each/split case packing
- Mixed case pallet packing
- Cross docking
- Inventory/cycle counting
- Quality control inspections
- Pallet building
- Receiving/put away functions
- And more…
The time is right to include advanced warehouse management tools like voice picking to your company. Save time and effort, improve training and accuracy, and much more with voice picking.
ONE by Scanco and ACS
As you consider your company’s needs to create a fully automated warehouse, we’d like to invite you to consider ONE by Scanco and ACS. It combines the best features of Scanco and ACS with a fully compatible integration with Sage 100. It can help you improve warehouse management, warehouse automation, and manufacturing automation.
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