Among inventory management solutions, voice picking is the latest in a long line of innovations that have helped change how warehouses operate. But what is voice picking, and is it right for your business?
Voice Picking, a New Inventory Management Solution
Voice picking evolved out of the voice recognition technology that entered the business tech scene in the early 1990s. It’s come a long way since then, with improved recognition and functionality that helps you save time in the warehouse.
To use voice recognition technology, warehouse workers wear a headset instead of carrying around a scanner or their mobile phone to use as a scanner. They speak their query into the headset and receive directions to an item. Once at the item, they must provide a code to confirm they are at the correct location. These “check digits” confirm location, then the picker is given the next location to visit for their item. Computers guide their path through the warehouse, minimizing steps to save time and effort.
Benefits of Voice Picking
There are several benefits of voice picking that make it a popular choice among inventory management solutions. First, it frees up the hands and the eyes; workers aren’t glued to a computer screen typing in their next item or scanning shelf barcodes. They can pick more quickly.
The technology also maps the shortest path through the warehouse to pick the next item on the list. That might not seem like much, but for workers, it can save them several thousand steps throughout the day. This leads to less job fatigue as well as faster picking times.
Ready for Voice Picking? Scanco Warehouse Has You Covered
If you’re ready for voice picking, Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP has you covered. Scanco Warehouse includes profiles that can be configured within minutes. It includes voice picking, live validation and more. All these features work together to improve accuracy and speed, which in turn means less mistakes, fewer returns, and happier customers. Isn’t that the name of the game when it comes to your business?