Within beverage operations, where increasing SKUs, staffing issues and beverage trends pose challenges for warehouses, experts highlight how voice picking technologies work to streamline beverage operations as a whole.
With eCommerce, SKU proliferation and labor shortages posing additional challenges to beverage operations, experts note that voice picking solutions can help simplify the complex challenges warehouses now face.
A boost in eCommerce in combination with increased need for social distancing in operations has prompted a greater need for automated technologies, including voice picking. New technologies enable more safety, greater efficiency and an outlook for advancement.
To better handle today’s SKU proliferation, warehouse distributors that implement warehouse management systems (WMS) and solutions like voice picking technologies, can save time, money and valuable resources to allocate to other parts of the business, experts say.
Voice-first technology continues to proliferate for consumers. However, beverage warehouses also have seen the benefits of utilizing voice technology as they tackle SKU proliferation within the beverage market.
The “Pick-A-Little Talk-A-Little” song in the 1962 musical “The Music Man” features the gossipy, hat-and-feather-wearing matrons of River City, Iowa, telling Professor Harold Hill unsavory things about the town librarian. Although today’s voice picking technology focuses on warehouse operations instead of a library’s “dirty book” selections, the technology is drumming up its own attention thanks to its ability to escalate productivity and accuracy, improve safety and ergonomics, and aid in pickup, delivery and in-store workflows.
The ever-increasing number of SKUs within the beverage industry has been one obstacle beverage warehouse operators have been facing the past several years. However, the proven benefits of, and further innovations to, voice-picking technology has made it a staple in many beverage distribution centers today.