Why 70% of facilities may deploy wearables in 5 years
by Jen A. Miller | August 07, 2018
If your warehouse isn’t on the wearable bandwagon, expect to jump on soon: MHI expects 70% of facilities to adopt wearables in the next five years.
Wearables don’t necessarily mean the latest GPS watch you’ll wear while marathon training. It could be as simple as a barcode scanner that eliminates the need for manual data entry, or as complex as smart glasses that identify what exactly a person should pick through augmented reality.
And while adoption rates seem to be high, it’s something that companies are doing in stages.
“It’s a journey, not a destination, especially for large companies,” Bill McBeath, chief research officer at ChainLink Research, told Supply Chain Dive. “Companies that are further along, they’ve realized all kinds of benefits, adding that it’s not really an option anymore for companies that want to stay competitive.”
“If your competitors are doing all of that and you’re still sitting on your 20th century manual way of doing things, they’re going to have a big advantage,” he said.
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