Despite environmental issues, there are still valid causes why businesses need paper in their day-to-day operations. However, there are also many reasons why warehouse managers might want to consider cutting back on their consumption of paper. In other words: Less paper means hands-free to get work done.
Capitalizing on more intelligent, digital warehouse processes helps reduce the waste of valuable resources. Additionally, it allows for more efficiency and thus raises productivity. Even more so because finish thought here. Add to that the increased pressure from consumers to have what they want, when they want it. For these reasons, businesses are facing a significantly greater need to create efficiencies than ever before.
Wearable barcode scanners keep workers hands free
Solutions such as Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) may be systems that reflect management requirements. But they do not necessarily display the concerns of the shop floor workers. Yet operational improvements for the frontline worker are likely to produce an immediate effect.
When using a wearable barcode scanner, the worker always has both hands free to pick up items and safely negotiate warehouse locations. The wearable devices are always fastened to the hand. The worker simply presses a button in the glove to scan an item, making the entire process much easier and reducing scanning time by up to six seconds per scan. Furthermore, there is no need to put down and pick up the device. While scanners are relatively lightweight, even removing this level of additional weight from a worker can have a tangible impact on fatigue.
The hands-free nature of wearable devices can also improve worker safety. In addition to avoiding one handed pick up of items, a wearable scanner eradicates the risk of scanners being dropped on other workers or dropped and broken.
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