Studies claim that only a minor portion of total logistic costs goes into transportation. So experts look at cutting costs in the process, wherever possible and increase efficiency. Cutting down on shipping costs and bringing in more efficiency means cutting down on manual errors. Manual errors occur in delivery pick-ups, battling traffic congestion, improper freight loading and outdated documentation.
Augmented Reality is innovative, efficient and is proving to be the future of logistics, especially with transportation. It provides revolutionary logistics solutions to improve transportation optimization. It is a great deal of cutting edge technology that is put to use in logistics here. And it simplifies a lot of manual tasks. An employee can use a smart glass with an augmented reality application to look through the load to be carried and find out whether it’s ready for delivery pick-up. It eliminates the need to do a manual count. AR applications are easier than scanning a barcode using a smartphone/tablet. You can scan markers with smartglass and gauge it against a pre-determined value/amount to see if a batch is ready for delivery. The smartglass can also double up as a quality check tool and be used to check for damages. Scanning markers work with advanced object recognition technology.
Shipping overseas is a very complex issue for logistics companies. Several countries have their own import and export regulations. Augmented Reality can help logistics personnel check if a specific shipment adheres to regulations. There are also applications that can scan overseas shipping documentation. AR can instantly translate documents across borders. AR is therefore bound to be a game changer for overseas shipping.
Instead of printed cargo lists and loading instructions to manage freight loading, AR can reduce confusion with smartglass and augmented reality applications. One can understand where exactly, a certain pallet or parcel has to be loaded. People can see loading instructions right in their line of sight, thanks to the smart glass and this helps improve safety. Delivery is often plagued by traffic congestion leading to additional fuel costs. Augmented Reality applications sound promising here as they offer real-time package tracking, traffic support and improved driver navigation. AR can optimize travel routes based on the inputs from smart glasses placed on the wind shields of trucks. It can also improve road safety.
AR can help manage cargo temperature at constant levels while in transit. So, the idea of AR is definitely going to benefit logistics companies to reduce shipping costs and improve efficiency. You can be assured of great quality, safety and accuracy with a lot less manual intervention. You can resolve many logistics issues and bottlenecks with Augmented Reality technology and see your profits increase significantly.