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The 40th WERC Annual Conference for Logistic Professionals will be held April 30 – May 3rd in Fort Worth, Texas. During the week, stop by Booth #602 to learn how Lucas Mobile Work Execution solutions and voice, RF, smartphones and smart watches can transform your DC operations without changing your warehouse management system.
We had a great week exhibiting, presenting and networking in Chicago for PROMAT 2017. Highlights at the booth included solution demos running on the latest ruggedized mobile technologies and the DWO Challenge where ProMat attendees had a blast competing against our optimization tool and each other in selecting the most efficient travel path through the warehouse.
Contrary to popular belief, updating or replacing your warehouse management system is not always the best method to improve DC operations. An increasingly popular, lower-risk alternative is to implement a Mobile Work Execution solution that can complement existing legacy WMS packages or homegrown systems. Watch the replay to learn how other DCs have achieved improved efficiency and accuracy without the excessive risk, cost and time that go into a WMS update or replacement.
The average order picker in a DCspends more than half his day walking or driving between pick locations. The fastest path to improved productivity, therefore, is to reduce travel time. Hear the latest strategies to reduce travel without changing your warehouse layout or infrastructure, or replacing your WMS!
Temporary staffing brings a number of challenges, including lost time and productivity for supervisors, team leads and coworkers. Moreover, companies relying on temporary workers often see a spike in picking errors at the very time of the year when fulfillment accuracy is everything. Hear how mobile work execution solutions can help your DC Tame the Temp Worker Challenge!
Lucas in the News
Order picking has traditionally been the highest single bucket of distribution center costs, often representing 50% or more of total labor expense. And that scenario for most companies is getting worse, as order profiles continue to change in ways that increase picking costs, such as more full case and “eaches” picking. Read more…
It’s no secret that for retailers, the e-commerce boom has been a mixed blessing. While no one’s complaining about the influx of online orders, many are still struggling with the fulfillment end of the operation. That’s largely because picking online orders, which typically contain just a few items , is both labor-intensive and time-consuming. Read more…
At a Monday afternoon press conference, Lucas Systems announced a work optimization software tool, which the company says maximizes pick density and minimizes travel in picking and other tasks. Dynamic Work Optimization can reduce travel up to 50% compared to warehouse management system directed batch picking. Read more…
April 3, 2017
Lucas Demonstrates Voice Picking On Android Wearables, Gamification Of The DC, And Machine Learning For Labor Planning At ProMat 2017 Booth S3443
During ProMat 2017, April 3-6, Lucas will be demonstrating new tools and technologies to improve mobile work in the DC, and is hosting discussion panels with three users of the Lucas Mobile Work Execution Solution.
April 3, 2017
Lucas Certifies Zebra TC51 Android Touch Computer For Use With Lucas Move Mobile Applications For Voice Picking And Other Warehouse Functions
With support for Zebra Technologies’ Android and Windows devices, Lucas offers customers the widest possible options in a changing mobile landscape.
December 16, 2016
Food Logistics Names Lucas to FL100+ List of Top Software and Technology Providers for Food and Beverage
Foodservice, Grocery and Beverage Distributors Continue to Achieve Notable Improvements in Distribution Center Efficiency, Product Traceability and Order Accuracy with Lucas Mobile Work Execution Solutions
Travel Time is the Key to Lowering Labor Costs in Your DC
It’s common knowledge that one of the highest costs in a DC is labor, and that the most labor time is spent on picking. But what is often overlooked is that the majority of picking time is spent on travel. Therefore, the key to reducing labor costs in your DC is to focus on reducing pickers’ travel time. Continue reading…
Working Smarter Beyond Technology
(Not-So) BREAKING NEWS: Today’s supply chain and logistics industry is changing rapidly and it’s only going to continue. The current market demands products to be picked, packed, and shipped more efficiently and accurately than ever before and distribution centers cannot afford to miss a beat. How should DCs respond to this challenge? Continue reading…
Work As A Game – Voice Picking Races At Eby-Brown
It’s common for DC employees to compete to see who can pick the fastest. Eby-Brown took that idea of friendly competition a step further and organized voice picking races at their annual family picnic. The idea of turning work into fun and games — so-called “gamification” — is one of the leading trends in software design. Continue reading…