Wearables' Affect on Supply Chain
- Published: 15 Apr 2016
In recent years, wearable devices are appearing and being implemented in warehouse operations. They are increasingly becoming more popular and have the potential to change processes in the supply chain. Wearable devices are beneficial as they are connected to an internet connection and allow workers to complete tasks on a hands-free device. Currently, these devices in the supply chain are mostly present in pick and pack services. However, with growing interest in this new technology, more areas in the supply chain could be seeing these wearable devices. This new technology assists in providing improved and enhanced logistics services.
Improving the supply chainWearable devices have many benefits in the supply chain:
- Improving safety These devices can monitor workers vitals such as body temperature, heart rate, and other health-related aspects. This can assist in preventing any accidents from overworked employees. Also, wearable devices have the potential to be implemented for truck drivers since this can help track fatigue levels and identify any signs of exhaustion.
- Increase productivity and efficiency Wearables allow workers to focus on their tasks and the machines can complete the data entry. Also, it is no longer needed for workers to review paperwork as they can be accessed from the device. The device has the ability to inform the worker of inventory levels, the location of products and provide inventory solutions if issues arise. This would improve warehousing services as workers would save time from manually completing these tasks.
- Connecting to the cloud These devices have the ability to connect to the cloud and access important information in real time. Rather than needing a computer to gather this information, workers can access it through their wearable devices. Also, the ability to connect wirelessly allows information to be stored on the go.