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DHL tests hands-free warehouse order-picking

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NETHERLANDS Logistics giant DHL has carried out a pilot project testing smart glasses and augmented reality in a warehouse in the Netherlands. The trial showed that the augmented reality-enabled warehouse picking solution increased the efficiency of the picking process by 25 pct.

Provided by Ubimax, the solution was used to implement ‘vision picking’ in warehousing operations. For three weeks, the warehouse staff was equipped with smart glasses (Google Glass and VuzixM100), which showed the pickers relevant information during the picking process, including aisle number, product location and quantity.

"Vision picking enables hands-free order-picking and greatly increases productivity. The technology significantly supports our staff and brings exciting value to our customers. However, this is just the first step in our innovation journey as we believe augmented reality will become relevant for even more supply chain areas,” said Jan-Willem De Jong, business unit director technology, DHL Supply Chain Benelux. Now DHL aims to explore the economic feasibility of augmented reality in other areas, the company says.







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