While we cannot prevent your warehouse team from performing forklift donuts during their shifts, we can provide wearable tools that improve productivity, accuracy, and safety of workers in other ways. Before we get into the Rufus platform and how we supercharge warehouse operations, we need to differentiate between consumer wearables and industrial-grade wearables.

In recent years, the buzz around wearable computers has been dominated by the consumer electronics market with wearable fitness trackers (like Fitbit), smart watches, and even head-mounted devices like Google Glass. Wearables are prolific for consumers’ every-day-use, but what about wearables for getting work done?

Simply put, consumer wearables just don’t make the cut when it comes to outfitting industrial workers with technology to improve productivity, accuracy, and efficiency. Warehouse workers need specialized wearable computers that bring ruggedization, ergonomics, full-shift battery, robust Android OS, and flexibility into one device built for industry. Although warehouses have utilized smart phones and handheld scanners for several years, major industry players are looking to adopt hands-free alternatives to achieve operational efficiency gains.

At a base level, industrial wearable computers allow users to work hands-free while still accessing company data and files. According to a study by Rackspace (The Human Cloud at Work), employees using wearables in an office environment increased productivity by 8.5% and were 3.5% more satisfied with their jobs.

When wearables are used for warehouse productivity, the above improvements are much higher, as the speed of picking, packing, and shipping operations can be greatly enhanced by freeing up employees’ hands while providing them access to data. Here are three ways wearables can improve warehouse productivity:

  1. For pickers, being able to receive orders, scan barcodes, and update inventory information in real-time without having to use pen and paper, or a traditional handheld scanner, increases productivity by as much as 33% as evidenced in recent Rufus Labs Case Studies. We offer the Rufus Cuff Android wearable computer, the Rufus Ring bluetooth ring scanner, and Rufus Enterprise Software as a full warehouse productivity solution. Rufus solutions have been embraced by several Fortune 50 enterprises for warehousing, distribution, logistics, delivery services, and more industrial tasks.

  2. Wearable computing also improves accuracy. According to Rufus Labs’ studies at a major apparel manufacturer, Rufus’ wearable platform reduced errors by as much as 18.5% - that’s because our solutions lower the amount of manual processes and leave little to zero margin for human error.

  3. Wearables provide ergonomic benefits that improve quality of life at work. Warehouse employees engage in various repetitive work tasks, which can lead to injuries, stress, and fatigue. Wearable computing solutions consolidate the various devices warehouse employees use into one efficient & lightweight system. The Rufus Cuff eliminates the need walk to a desktop computer or tablet (which can improve safety in a busy facility), and is ergonomically designed for all-day wear. A reduction in injuries and a more natural workflow enhances warehouse productivity and reduces injury-costs to the enterprise. Additionally, the Rufus platform keeps track of employee metrics, like steps, picks, rest time and more… providing guidance for efficiency and warehouse productivity improvement initiatives.

While consumer wearables have limited functionality for simple notifications and feedback, the Rufus Enterprise Wearable Platform brings superhuman functionality, ergonomics, and precision to warehouse workers across the globe.