Arvato increases logistics efficiency by optimizing Pick-by-Vision in the warehouse
Guetersloh – Arvato SCM Solutions has made an interim assessment and determined that the “Pick-by-Vision” innovation project has proven successful. In this joint project with Arvato’s internationally renowned customer Sennheiser and technology partner Picavi, order picking with smart glasses was implemented and analyzed at the logistics center in Guetersloh. After gaining experiences from the initial phase of the project, which was started in 2016, followed by a detailed process analysis, Arvato was able to further improve the Pick-by-Vision solution by investing in new glasses, latest software and incorporating a ring scanner.
With a new generation of smart glasses, software updates, graphically optimized user interfaces as well as incorporation of additional scanning devices, Picavi has been constantly developing the Pick-by-Vision system in terms of both technology and IT functionalities. Nowadays, the initial solution is only comparable in limited ways with the technology used when the project was launched in 2016.
“We took into account this technological development, along with the valuable experiences from the initial phase, when further developing our Pick-by-Vision solution,” explains Ken Taylor, who is responsible for innovations in the Hightech & Entertainment business unit at Arvato SCM Solutions. In October 2017, we first invested in the new generation of smart glasses, optimized the process and then integrated supplemental ring scanners. As Ken Taylor states: “In practice, we identified that the order picking, in particular the scanning process of articles, required the highest level of accuracy from our employees, which was sometimes difficult to maintain.” This was solved by incorporating the scanners, which are located on the picker’s finger. This significantly accelerated the barcode-reading process.
“Compared with the other data-reading devices we use, we are 15 to 18 percent faster in the cart process with the Pick-by-Vision solution, including the ring scanners,” says Thomas Becker, Executive Vice President Hightech & Entertainment at Arvato SCM Solutions.
“We are very pleased to have achieved a clear added value for our warehouse process chain with this optimization. In doing so, we are also following our innovation strategy: We continuously monitor digital solutions and technologies and check their potential value. Using and developing such solutions and generating efficiency advantages in the next step is an important part of our innovation culture,” continues Ken Taylor. Thomas Becker is also enthusiastic about the optimized Pick-by-Vision solution, noting that “We are currently testing for additional implementation options within our logistics.”
About Arvato SCM Solutions
Arvato SCM Solutions is an innovative and international leading service provider in the field of supply chain management and e-commerce. Partners come together with industry specialists in the fields of Automotive, Banks, Insurances, Consumer Products, Healthcare, Hightech, Entertainment, Publishing and Telecommunication. More than 14,000 employees work together to provide practical and relevant solutions and services worldwide. Using the latest digital technology, Arvato develops, operates and optimizes complex global supply chains and e-commerce platforms, as the strategic growth partner for its customers. Arvato SCM combines the know-how of its employees with the right technology and appropriate business processes to measurably increase the productivity and performance of its partners.
Arvato SCM Solutions is part of Arvato, a leading international service provider. Approximately 70.000 Arvato employees in more than 40 countries design and produce innovative solutions for business customers from all over the world, covering a wide range of business processes along integrated service chains. These include financial, CRM, SCM and IT solutions, as well as digital marketing services. Arvato is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann.
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Shaping the future of audio and creating unique sound experiences for customers – this aim unites Sennheiser employees and partners worldwide. Founded in 1945, Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. With 21 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company is active in more than 50 countries and operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland, Romania and the USA. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. In 2017, the Sennheiser Group generated turnover totaling €667.7 million.
About Picavi GmbH
Picavi was founded in 2013 and has been offering its pick-by-vision solution to the warehouse sector as a marketable product since 2015. Numerous, large-scale corporations with international operations from a wide variety of sectors already make use of Picavi products in their daily business. An extensive network of service, integration, technology and sales partners supports the work of the company’s 30 employees. The firm has its headquarters in Herzogenrath in the Aachen urban region. picavi.com/en