Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are making significant impacts on the speed and efficiency of supply chain processes. According to Gartner’s supply chain trends 2018, VR will reach the mainstream adoption in the next 2 to 5 years and AR in the next 5 to 10 years. Let’s explore how
Barcode scanning happens effortlessly as warehouse workers look at the codes leaving their hands free to perform picking tasks.
AR/VR technologies are improving supply chain operations like last-mile delivery, order picking, procurement, pay processes, and supplier relationships.
Transforming Supply Chain Processes with AR/VR Technologies
Improving Order Picking Process with AR
Businesses use AR technology to make order picking process faster and less prone to error. Business executives use smart glasses to view exactly where items fit on their carts while they are picking orders. Smart lenses enable businesses to analyze the picking list through updated warehouse layout data. AR solutions using the data create the fastest route for collecting the items. AR technology reduces errors and increases order picking speed. It also reduces the need for intensive job training.
Order picking can be improved drastically by Hololens. It enables business operators to view the real-time location of items and the quantity they need to pick.
Enhancing Delivery Process with VR
Delivery drivers need to ensure that products reach the distribution centers on time without any damage. Current processes include manual checking of cargo and the use of navigation systems. These processes are complex and time-consuming. They also increase the chance of accidents. VR technology can be used to make the delivery process safer and efficient.
For instance, businesses can use VR to superimpose critical information onto the windshield. Without glancing at a handheld device, drivers can view alternate routes, traffic snags, and blocked roads.
VR even plays an important role when drivers arrive at the point of delivery. Businesses encode the packages with scannable images for drivers and unloaders. The images contain essential information like contents, package weight and handling instructions. The main purpose of these images is to aware drivers about the contents of a particular package for efficient delivery.
AR and VR for Predictive Modeling
Large retailers and distributors often have warehouses and distribution centers spread across the country. Managers may not always be available on site. By using AR and VR tools, managers can get a real-time view of any site and ensure that processes are running as planned.
At Oodles, we provide mobile supply chain application development services to enable businesses to receive real-time insights into their supply chain processes.
VR for Secure Delivery Options
The current delivery process is complex and insecure. It involves identifying customers through the collection of their signatures. VR makes the identity verification process easier by collecting the picture of potential customers and storing it in the company’s database. The delivery executives using VR and facial recognition technology can match a customer’s identity.
Use Cases: Transforming Supply Chain Processes with AR/VR Technologies
Businesses can use simulators, smart glasses, and shop-floor displays to train and assist manufacturing workers. Additionally, AR technology can be used to communicate and verify manufacturing steps and recommend improvements.
Hands-free Picking with AR
Smart glass applications enable warehouse workers to perform their job more efficiently. All relevant information is stored in the user’s field of sight. Barcode scanning happens effortlessly as warehouse workers can directly look at the codes leaving their hands free to perform picking tasks.
Predictive Maintenance with AR
Wearable and AR technology provides real-time enterprise data, intuitive instructions, indoor navigation and safety features in a visual context.
Gain Benefits of AR/VR Processes in Supply Chain with Oodles
AR/VR technologies will enable businesses to combat varying complexities in the supply chain. Our development team at oodles uses AR/VR technologies to enable businesses to create ‘fast and error-free shipment lifecycles’.
At Oodles, we provide supply chain development services to provide seamless tracking experience across desktop and mobile devices. Our custom asset tracking software enables end-users to gain real-time visibility of goods with inputs from RFID and barcode scanners.
If you planning to increase the operational efficiency of supply chain processes with AR/VR technologies, then connect to our ERP development team now to schedule a discussion!