Wearables, smart electronic hands-free devices, have not only peaked interest for the everyday user, but has been a huge asset in other fields such as health and logistics. The latter, for example, shows the benefits of wearables being used in supply-chain processes and management. Kristen Herhold shares an article on supplychainbrain.com of the many ways wearable technology has aided in supply-chain efficiency and has since increased productivity within warehouses and all throughout organizations.
Minimize Manual Labor – Wearables streamline warehouse workflows by removing manual steps from day-to-day processes. Simple things such as barcode scanners are being quickly recorded real-time by wearable and mobile devices, quickening logistics processes. “Scanner-enabled wearables allow employees to automatically send reports to management that would otherwise have to be manually typed in,” says Herhold.
Provide Comprehensive Data – Wearables allow businesses to monitor their workers’ physical activity, location, and health. Similar to how professionals are using these devices in the healthcare field, these devices with biometric sensors report the health and wellness of employees, especially if most require physical labor at warehouses. Herhold notes that the data collected by warehouse wearables gives management the opportunity to better serve workers’ needs.
Offer Real-Time Feedback – Wearables are a smart device, so it usually means that any activity inputted and recorded is sent to another device or database where others in the network are given immediate access to data, in real time. Voice headsets, for example, connect to a phone on the user and increase the accuracy of warehouse work through real-time feedback.