Work Execution Software help DCs reduce labor costs, improve hands-on tasks and streamline operations from receiving to shipping and returns. Best of all, you can keep your WMS as-is – Work Execution fills the gaps rather than replacing what you already have.
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Most warehouses and distribution centers have existing systems, processes and infrastructure that have served them well in the past, but which cannot meet new demands for more flexible, faster, and efficient distribution. Warehouse management systems are designed for inventory optimization and planning, but they do not provide rich, configurable workflows that allow DCs to optimize the way work is performed by associates on the warehouse floor. Likewise, WCS and other automation systems are concerned only with planning and execution of automated material handling processes, rather than the manual processes that still prevail between islands of automation in the DC.
Lucas Work Execution software gives DCs the flexibility to reengineer hands-on processes beyond the limits of their existing systems, while working with those systems. Adapt to change without risky, costly customization.
Lucas Engage uses advanced mathematical models to optimize work assignments across tasks (picking, cross-dock, receiving, replenishment, etc.), maximizing efficiency and minimizing travel in labor-intensive warehouse operations. It also orchestrates the execution of work assignments in conjunction with the Lucas Move applications. The software can be hosted in the cloud, on-site or in a private network.
Supervisors and DC managers use the Engage Management Dashboard to view and manage work in process, employee performance, and exceptions. The Web-based Engage Dashboard presents real-time data collected on the floor to give supervisors complete insight and control over work and associate productivity. Engage also allows managers to configure and change hands-on processes to adapt to changing operational needs. Learn more →
Dynamic Work Optimization is an advanced module within Lucas Engage that dynamically manages priority, maximizes pick density, and optimizes travel paths in picking and other travel-intensive warehouse processes.
DWO uses AI and advanced mathematical models to reduce travel, increase pick density, and optimize the use of labor and other DC resources. For travel-intensive activities like putaway, replenishment and picking, the tool calculates the shortest path and optimal work sequence, significantly reducing travel compared to organizing work based simply on warehouse sequence. For batch picking processes, the tool applies advanced algorithms developed by Lucas to create optimized batch assignments that maximize pick density and minimize travel. Working together, the batch and travel path optimizations can reduce average travel time by 50 percent or more.
Lucas Move mobile applications feature Jennifer, providing easy, intuitive voice-directed workflows that combine speech recognition, barcode scanning and other data capture and display technologies to streamline hands-on work and make tasks easier and better for workers. Move runs on the voice-capable wearable or mobile computer of your choice, ranging from rugged smartphones and smart glasses to traditional handheld and vehicle mount terminals.
Every Move application takes advantage of multiple input and communication technologies, including touchscreens and/or keypads (for logging on and training, for example), and barcode scanners, which are an ideal complement to voice recognition for data capture and produce traceability during voice picking, receiving, putaway and more. Learn more →
The Serenade Speech Recognition Platform incorporates industry-leading speech recognition technology that has been adapted for use in challenging industrial environments. Serenade automatically adapts to sudden and frequent changes in background noise, and the system adapts to users, even as their speech patterns change in the course of a single shift (due to fatigue, for example), or from day-to-day.
Serenade offers several key advantages over earlier speech recognition technologies used for voice picking in the warehouse including better recognition for all users, no voice training and no retraining.
Jennifer is the intelligent, user-friendly voice of Lucas Move that tells workers where to go and what to do. Users speak to Jennifer to confirm their activities and our industry-best speech recognition platform – Serenade – recognizes and interprets the users’ spoken responses, in multiple languages, regardless of accents and background noise.
Associates communicate with Jennifer through a headset and the voice-enabled mobile computer of your choice – including rugged smartphones or other wearable devices. Jennifer tells workers where to go and what to do in a friendly, easy to understand voice, and users speak to Jennifer to confirm their activities. Serenade recognizes and interprets the users’ spoken responses, in multiple languages, regardless of accents and background noise. Learn more →
Lucas Insight collects, stores, aggregates and graphically displays data captured by the Lucas Work Execution System (WES) across multiple sites. With Insight, executives, regional directors and managers can view real-time dashboards incorporating charts, graphs and other visualizations of their data, providing analysis at both the individual site level and the enterprise, multi-site level. Lucas Insight combines current operational data with historical data to improve analysis, planning, and decision-making across a network of DCs and within a single facility.
Using Lucas Insight, executives, regional directors and managers can compare KPIs across sites, identify trends, troubleshoot issues, and monitor the status of operations across their DC network.
More than four dozen wine and spirits DCs use this configurable solution supporting pick orchestration across multiple pick styles (bucket-brigade and two-stage cart picking), along with in-line QC/Audit and advanced labor and management reporting.
Tailored to the unique needs of the foodservice and grocery DC, FoodSelect is a comprehensive voice-directed solution supporting full product traceability using GS1 standards across all warehouse tasks, including order selection and truck loading, QC, receiving, putaway and replenishment.
Efficient and accurate fulfillment is not just critical, it is lifesaving. Direct Relief implemented the Lucas solution to assist them in the distribution of medical supplies for emergency relief. We are very proud to partner with Direct Relief in accomplishing their wonderful mission.
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