Augmented Reality Transforms The Day-To-Day Supply Chain Activity
The introduction of augmented reality devices in logistics processes transforms the way of working and managing the entire supply chain. These devices add a virtual image to the operator’s real vision, giving him great visibility to optimize his tasks.
From provisioning to delivery through transportation, these vision and mobility technologies can analyze the status and operation of each phase and propose solutions in real-time.
Providing the supply chain with augmented reality applications streamlines processes, optimizes costs, and provides greater security.
The applications of these technologies -whether through mobile devices or specialized glasses- are almost endless. These are some uses for the supply chain.
Augmented reality devices provide warehouse operators with updated information on the location of merchandise and the best route to find it and relocate it to its new destination. In addition, it will allow access to other product data through the barcode, a record, and a check of the change of place of the product, etc.
This technology is also useful for planning storage. It helps to anticipate the space that merchandise needs and find free storage spaces once compared with the warehouse database. This optimizes the space and virtual changes that can be made to evaluate possible changes that help create new holes.
This is another area in which augmented reality can bring attractive benefits. During the actual transfer of the merchandise, augmented reality will allow real-time information about everything that is being transported, its location, the place and delivery period, and the space and place that each good transported should occupy. This will mean significant cost savings in time and an improvement in meeting delivery deadlines.
In addition, it will offer more up-to-date information, such as possible damage to the product’s packaging -which will allow it to be notified for its replacement- or updated information on the routes to follow -which will result in faster, more predictable, and safer journeys. As in warehouse management, augmented reality will help organize and optimize space through transport, be they trailers, containers, or others.
Reception And Delivery Of Goods
The use of devices will speed up scanning barcodes and product identifiers when moving to the transport unit, from a pallet to a container. This allows visualizing the available space and structuring the placement order of the goods based on it and the delivery parameters.
Augmented reality streamlines the organization of merchandise in transport spaces to optimize the space and, at the same time, the time needed to vacate it during supply. In addition to all the savings in time, it provides greater control over the condition of the merchandise, thus reducing the chances of breakages or mishaps and, if they do occur, speeds up the replacement process.