In a warehouse, distance traveled by an individual either on foot or by MHE (material handling equipment) is an essential metric to measure and reveal operational productivity. For example, distance traveled directly impacts the efficiency of loading operations where workers select items from warehouse storage areas and load in a loading area. Any extra distance humans or equipment must travel to perform these operations decreases the velocity and number of loads achieved in a given period of time. Each extra step taken by a human or distance traveled by a piece of equipment incurs additional costs of extra time and money.
DHL has partnered with Conduce to provide a human interface that provides real-time visualizations that track and analyze distance traveled by personnel and warehouse equipment, all calibrated around a center of activity. Kevin Parent and Javier Esplugas explain how this immersive data visualization gives DHL unprecedented insight to evaluate and act on everything that occurs in its warehouses. DHL management and warehouse personnel alike now share a single, unified environment to see, share, and collaborate across warehouse supply chain operations, reduce distance traveled to locate, retrieve and distribute warehouse assets, unlock more accurate and timelier insights, and ultimately make better strategic, operational, and tactical decisions. By identifying and tracking the movement of humans and equipment, DHL is able to optimize operations in warehouses or similar environments.
Kevin Parent is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Conduce, a company that helps leaders and teams see and interact with all their data instantly using a single, intuitive human interface. An innovator, Kevin’s entire career has focused on connecting the dots between advances in technology and human experiences. Previously, he cofounded Oblong Industries, where he invented new–to–the-world interfaces that allow users to interact with software using displays, gestures, wands, tablets, and smartphones, and spent 10 years engineering theme park attractions. (He was a project engineer for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney Imagineering.) Kevin is the author of six patents. He holds a degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his undergraduate thesis work was conducted in MIT’s Media Lab.
Javier “Xavi” Esplugas is the vice president of IT planning and architecture at DHL Supply Chain. Xavi has served in a number of roles at DHL Supply Chain. Previously, he drove the standardization and innovation agenda in Europe, which included DHL’s vision picking, robotics, and the internet of things. Xavi holds an MSC in computer engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona.
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