4 Ways Voice Technology Helped Hitachi Power Tools

How switching from paper to talking helped this warehouse increase efficiency by 40%

Hands-free and eyes-free makes all the difference at theHitachi Power Tools distribution center, outside of Oslo, Norway.

Honeywell, with our software partner Apport, implemented ourVocollect voice-directed technology and the shift from paper tovoice flipped a switch in efficiency that ended paperwork and allowed sortingto happen automatically. That means faster work and fewer mistakes.

“This has been a success from day one,” said Sondre Ressem,logistics director for Hitachi Tools. “We are using the voice technology topick and we are also using it when we have an inventory counting and in ourshuffles.”

Here are details by the numbers:

Warehouse size: 6,500 square meters
SKUs: 20,000

Volume (pickinglines)
2012: 350,000
2017: 520,000

Hours of operation
Before voice technology: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Now: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (starting dayafter implementation)

Onboarding time toget a picker up and running
Before: 21 days
Now: Two to three days

Effectiveness withvoice
Errors: reduced by 10%
Picking efficiency: Increased by 40%