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warehousing – why you
can’t afford not to invest
First-generation Voice-only terminals proved the productivity case in the
warehouse environment. Aldata’s UK managing director, Mark Croxton,
argues that second-generation PDA technology delivers the benefits of
first-generation Voice-only terminals and more, for less cash outlay.
oice-directed generation solutions based on
Mark Croxton:
warehousing is the PDA environment have been
proven to improve wrongly perceived as not suitable
cannot afford
productivity and for the rough and tumble of the
to ignore these
process accuracy, warehouse. In this short review,
types of savings,
while reducing labour costs. let’s examine the arguments and
particularly at a
Aldata research shows that dispel the myths for PDA-based
time when driving
among pan-European retailers, Voice-directed warehousing.
efficiencies are
many have achieved 80 per cent essential in order
pick error reduction rates and 30 Proprietary devices to battle through
per cent productivity improvements versus PDA the current
within a few months, followed by economic storm.”
full ROI within one year. The intuitive nature of the PDA
gives greater choice and

flexibility in how staff operatives
As companies look to work, choosing the method
the future, and given current
best suited to the task in hand
(screen, pistol, keyboard,
market conditions, the need
barcode reader – 1D and 2D – only one environment to in its dry goods warehouse.
Datamatrix, RFID, voice and support for multiple warehouse Its implementation allows the
to reduce costs will see
photography), not just Voice. This applications, meaning they can company to be independent
Voice-directed warehousing
improves productivity in that the reduce training times and IT in its hardware selection and
user can acknowledge a pick costs. And, many are finding therefore of its hardware supplier.
grow in importance.”
either by a Voice command or, that the combination of voice The solution is not only for the
for example, by swiping a ring and data collection technologies now but the long term. Leclerc
Businesses cannot afford to ignore barcode attached to their finger onto one device is the best fit for has the ability to integrate and
these types of savings, particularly against the item itself. Engaging their warehouse needs. For them, activate PDA multi-modal
at a time when driving efficiencies with the picker at multiple levels the PDA offers a robust, open applications, as and when makes
are essential in order to battle ensures their interest is retained solution that is revolutionising sense, and in the future it will be
through the current economic storm. and productivity levels maintained. warehouse performance. used for operations other than
order picking and inventory.
Some businesses have been put The technology also brings a French supermarket retailer
off by the cost of first-generation wealth of cost efficiency benefits. Leclerc Lecasud is using PDA- Following its implementation,
Voice-only units, while second- IT and logistics managers have based Voice-directed warehousing Lerclerc has reported staff >>
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