Warehouses eye tech investments

Zebra Technologies Corporation has released the results of its Warehouse Vision Study, which it says reveals that enterprises are seeking to roll out high-tech solutions to deal with increased shipment volumes.

Zebra said that enterprises in Australia and New Zealand are planning to increase their warehouses facilities as online sales continue to grow.

Zebra said that in Asia Pacific, 74 percent of the warehouse executives surveyed for the report planned to outfit their staff with new technology over the next half-decade: Including investing in Internet of Things technologies (72 percent); barcode scanning technologies (70 percent), tablet computers (69 percent), big data/data analytics (67 percent) and warehouse/truck loading automation (64 percent).

Half of the respondents to its survey said warehouse investments were driven mainly by the need to reduce transportation costs, while 41 percent cited shorter delivery times, and 38 percent the need to accommodate new supplier and trading partner locations.

Other factors included change to inventory policies (33 percent), talent/skill shortages (28 percent), and omnichannel pressures (21 percent).

Android wearables

Zebra said that it was launching a range of wearable technology using Google's Android platform to help boost efficiency in the sector. The wearable, 'Total Wearable Solutions' are backed by “Zebra Mobility DNA, with hands-free and speech-directed picking that increases user mobility, comfort and accuracy,” the company said.

“Compared with traditional speech-only wearable devices, the new multi-modal solution delivers 15 percent productivity improvements, with a 39 percent reduction in errors,” the company said.

Copyright © 2016 IDG Communications, Inc.

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