The logistics industry is one which is often subject to frequent change, with more and more technology being developed which has the potential to revolutionise the way items are sent, stored and delivered. With many logistics and delivery companies looking to maximise the effectiveness of their supply chain, there is plenty of appetite for adopting new technologies to help with logistics processes. Here is some of the wearable technology which has revolutionised many areas of logistics.
The introduction of voice control headsets has been a significant development in warehouse operations, given that it allows the staff working there to find and select items with greater ease. They ensure that staff can communicate between each other whenever they need, simply by speaking into their headset.
Many newer generation headsets use WiFi rather than radio frequencies, meaning that they have far greater capabilities (internet access) and can be used for a greater variety of tasks. Delivery drivers can also use them to make hands free calls should there be a problem on the road, allowing the company they work for to find a solution much faster.
Whilst not the most obvious choice of technology for a logistics company, smart watches actually have a great many uses which can help with logistics processes. They can, for instance, track the number of steps it may take a warehouse worker to go from one point to another, and this information can then be used to make warehouse operations as efficient as possible overall.
These watches can also monitor heart rate, helping to highlight any issues with heavy lifting and potential risk of injury (such as one person lifting a heavy box when two people are needed).
Having generated many headlines around the world when first released, smart glasses have numerous capabilities which are of use to logistics companies. They can, for instance, display videos, making video conferencing a much easier, less restrictive task.
They can also display necessary information to the person wearing them, meaning that they greatly improve overall communication in the supply chain. They also allow the person wearing them to have their hands free, speeding up their task completion rates and maximising their flexibility as a worker.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of wearables in logistics is that their full potential has not yet been realised. As they continue to be developed, it is likely that many more uses will become apparent, and the logistics industry (like many other industries) stands to gain a lot from this. It may be the case that the industry will look completely different in the future, as new technologies continue to revolutionise the way items are moved and stored.