Digital Transformation

Vuzix publishes new 2024 industry brief

  • 69% of those surveyed see wearable augmented reality (AR) solutions supporting artificial intelligence (AI) and workflow optimization as being central to future warehouse operations
  • The potential of AR technology to support existing human capital investments is widely confirmed

Vuzix® Corporation, a leading supplier of smart glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, announced the release of a 2024 industry brief, “Revolutionizing Fulfillment Operations with Workforce Augmentation,” created in partnership with Incisiv, one of the leading insights firms for digital transformation leaders.

This report compiles responses from executives across retail, manufacturing, third-party logistics (3PL), and distribution sectors within the U.S., offering industry perspective into the evolving logistics landscape. It examines the impact of digital transformation in warehouse operations, the challenges in digital adoption, the role of augmented reality within the complex ecosystem of current and evolving warehousing technologies, and the technological front-runners in the race to achieve improved productivity and optimal efficiency.

“We’re at a pivotal moment in the evolution of warehouse operations, as revealed by the data,” states Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vuzix. “As the foundation of customer satisfaction and competitive advantage in the current eCommerce landscape, logistics fulfillment centers demand rapid adaptation from businesses. They must meet escalating consumer expectations, overcome labor constraints, and leverage new technologies for smarter, more economical fulfillment strategies. Our ambition extends beyond deploying AR wearables, as we aim to integrate them in a way that amplifies the capabilities of our indispensable human workforce, marrying innovation with talent.”

Warehouses Are Moving Beyond Mere Digitization into a Hybrid Future

The survey indicates that traditional paper-based picking is in rapid decline, with 77% of warehouses opting out of paper systems. This pivot to digital tools, especially in picking operations, is a clear indicator of technological advancement, and has set the stage for an era of more sophisticated processes. Even amidst technology prioritization, however, companies clearly continue to value the role of human workers in logistics.  94% of businesses report a commitment to the evolving role of human labor in areas like automated warehouses and last-mile delivery. In this context, there’s a growing focus on technologies that enhance, rather than replace, human capabilities. Reflecting this sentiment, an astounding 69% of those surveyed agree that wearable AR solutions that broaden the capabilities of their workers with AI optimizations, improved accuracy, and data-rich inputs will be central to warehouse operations in the coming years.

Moviynt, Vuzix’ wholly owned subsidiary and SAP Certified ERP SaaS logistics solution provider, will be showcasing AI and machine learning on Vuzix AR smart glasses in booth B7454 at Modex 2024, being held in the Georgia World Congress Center on March 11-14 in Atlanta, Georgia.

To learn more about the findings from the 2024 Revolutionizing Fulfillment Operations with Workforce Augmentation industry brief, including further analysis, please visit https://www.vuzix.com/pages/logistics-report-2024.

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