Google Glass may have flopped in the consumer market, but the wearable computer may have found a second career in logistics.
Warehouse workers at Exel — freight forwarding arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s supply chain management group — will begin using the hands-free technology to pick-and-pack orders in U.S. warehouses by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The computer headsets are equipped with warehouse management software and can read bar codes. The small screen that hovers in front of a user’s eye can show a worker the fastest route to find a product and in tests the glasses have reduced pick-and-pack times by 25 percent.
As supply chain managers adapt to the ecommerce revolution, warehouse logistics has grown increasingly complex. A hands-free mobile computer could help, especially for large 3PLs and freight forwarders like Exel, which hire thousands of temporary workers each year to help them handle peak.
“These are people off the street who are not familiar with our warehouses, don’t know where anything is, and we see huge potential for that type of situation, especially with training,” said Adrian Kumar, Exel’s vice president for solutions design.
Google stopped retail sales of Google Glass in January. In July, the WSJ reported that the search giant would start adapting Google Glass technology for businesses.
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