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Pick to Light vs. Voice Picking

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Providers of voice-directed picking and putting technology claim that voice is the best solution because it improves productivity and accuracy for a reasonably low investment. On the other hand, providers of light-directed picking and putting technology explain that light technology is the best solution because it improves accuracy to the same degree as voice, but increases productivity to a much greater degree. Voice and light picking and putting solutions are each “best” only in certain circumstances, at least when “best” is measured by productivity improvements and investment costs. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to identify in which circumstances (a) voice-directed picking and putting requires less investment than lights and improves productivity to almost the same degree, (b) light-directed picking and putting requires less investment than voice and improves productivity to a much higher degree and (c) a hybrid of voice and lights, driven from a common software application, provide the best blend of investment and productivity improvements.

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    Pick to Light vs. Voice Picking Pick to Light vs. Voice Picking Presentation Transcript

    • Voice is the Best (except when it isn’t) Lloyed Lobo, Director of Business Development Mark Kushner, Chief Operating Officer
    • Agenda
      • Benefits of Paperless
      • Determining the right order fulfillment technology
      • Voice Picking Case Study
      • Pick to Light Case Study
      • Hybrid Case Study
      • Productivity Management & Load Balancing
      • Q&A
      Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking
    • Company Overview
      • Over 30 years of Long-standing Client Relationships
      • Strong Team of Distribution Experts - Systems Analysts, Engineers, Software Developers, Project Managers & Customer Support
      • Operations Assessment & ROI Analysis
      • Best of Breed - Lights, Voice, RF, MHE…
      • Single Connection to WMS, ERP and/or Host Systems
      • Wave Optimization, Waveless Processing
      • Productivity Management, Reporting & Load Balancing
      AL Systems provides clients with Warehouse Control System and Order Fulfillment solutions that optimize the flow of merchandise through their distribution centers. Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking
    • Paper-based vs. Paperless Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking Break-Down of Picking Errors from Paper
      • Benefits of Paperless
      • (Lights or Voice):
      • Increased Productivity
      • Near 100% Accuracy
      • Labor Optimization
      Break-Down of Picking Time from Paper
    • Benefits of Paperless
      • Improved Productivity – From 30% to Over 2X Increase
      • Increased Accuracy – Over 99.9%
      • Productivity Management & Load Balancing
      • Real-time data availability
      • Elimination of Redundant Tasks - Paper Lists, Order Checking etc.
      • Rapid Training – Hours to Days NOT Weeks
      Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking
    • Voice vs. Lights Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking
      • How Voice Works:
      • Audible Instructions
      • Spoken Confirmation
      • Sequential Transactions
      • Investment Based on # of
      • Operators (Not Locations)
      • Best in Low Reach Density
      • How Lights Work:
      • Visual (Light-Directed) Instructions
      • Button-Push Confirmation
      • Simultaneous Transactions
      • Investment Based on # of
      • Locations (Not Operators)
      • Best in High Reach Density
      • Productivity to ROI ratio
      • “ Reach Density” is the Key Factor
      Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking Factors to Consider
      • Low Reach Density:
      • Few Reaches Relative to Travel
      • Examples:
      • Slow Moving SKUs
      • High Reach Density:
      • Many Reaches Relative to Travel
      • Examples:
      • Fast Moving SKUs
    • Reach Density Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking
    • When Voice is Much Less Expensive than Lights Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking Low Reach Density With Voice: 10 Operators (150 RPH) With Lights: 9 Operators (165 RPH) 5-6 times more $ than voice Slow Moving Piece Picking at Publisher 9,000 Reach Locations & 1,500 Reaches
    • When Lights are Less Expensive and Much More Productive Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking High Reach Density With Voice: 38 Operators (225 RPH) With Lights: 17 Operators (500 RPH) 1/2 the cost of voice Over 2X Productivity from Voice Fast Moving Piece Picking at Apparel Supplier 1,000 Reach Locations & 8,500 Reaches
    • When Voice & Lights Provide Best Productivity to ROI Ratio Fast Growing Luxury Fashion Supplier Fast Movers: 800 Reach Locations & 10,000 Reaches Slow Movers: 4,500 Reach Locations & 1,100 Reaches Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking Hybrid With Voice in Fast & Slow Movers: 52 Operators With Lights in Fast & Slow Movers: 27 Operators With Lights in Fast & Voice in Slow Movers: 17 Lights Operators @ 500 RPH 10 Voice Operators @ 150 RPH Total – 27 Operators 1/2 the cost of Voice or Lights alone Reduced Hardware Costs Savings from Single Software Platform
    • Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking Productivity Management
    • Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking Productivity Management 5 Pickers Total Unit Picked 44,388 Avg. Picks per hr 986 9.5hrs (8 Hours worked w/ lunch and 2 breaks)
    • Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking Load Balancing
            • Analyzes order picking workload to optimize productivity
            • System recommends pick zone setup
            • System recommends picker zone assignment
            • Monitors work in process
    • Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking
      • Determine Reach Density – High, Low, Mixed?
        • Low Reach Density Operation:
        • Voice is SIMILARLY as Productive as Lights
        • Voice Requires Significantly LESS Investment
        • High Reach Density Operation:
        • Voice is Significantly LESS Productive Than Lights
        • Voice Requires Significantly MORE Investment
      • Take Advantage of the Analytic Tools Available
      • Speak with Objective Vendors (Not just Voice or Lights)
      Recap
    • Other Resources
          • Upcoming Events:
          • http://www.alsystems.com/events
          • AL Systems Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/alsystems
          • White Papers:
          • http://www.alsystems.com/white-papers
          • Further Information:
          • Lloyed Lobo
          • 973-586-8500 x223
          • [email_address]
      Pick to Light v/s Voice Picking