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Voice Directed Picking

Voice Directed PickingVoice Directed Warehousing (VDW) refers to the use of the voice direction and speech recognition software in warehouses and distribution centers. VDW has been in use since the late 1990s, and its use is expected to increase rapidly over the next five years due to advances in technology and decreasing costs for the voice directed software and for the mobile computers on which it runs.

In a voice directed warehouse, workers wear a headset connected to a small wearable computer which tells the worker where to go and what to do using verbal prompts. Workers confirm their tasks by speaking pre-defined commands and reading confirmation codes printed on locations or products throughout the warehouse. The speech recognition software running on the wearable computer 'understands' the workers' responses.

Voice-directed warehousing is typically used instead of paper- or mobile computer-based systems that require workers to read instructions and scan bar codes or key-enter information to confirm their tasks. By freeing a worker's hands and eyes, voice directed systems typically improve efficiency, accuracy, and safety. While VDW was originally used in picking orders, now all warehouse functions such as goods receiving, put-away, replenishment, shipping, and returns processing can be coordinated by voice systems. Contact Us to learn more about Voice-directed picking solutions.

Implementing voice systems in the warehouse has among its benefits:

  • Increased picking accuracy
  • Increased inventory accuracy
  • Increased employee productivity
  • Improved safety
  • Reduced new worker training time
  • Increases job satisfaction for warehouse associates
  • Eliminates cost of printing and distributing picking documents
  • Growing customer satisfaction


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