Lucas Systems Introduces Mobile Work Execution Solutions That Optimize Hands-on Warehouse Tasks to Improve Distribution Center Efficiency Beyond Voice Picking

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At ProMat 2015 Lucas Systems is introducing new solutions that make manual warehouse processes easier and better for distribution center workers and managers. Meier & Dutch, the leading online retailer of premium cigar brands, has recently rolled out the Lucas solution at its Bethlehem, PA fulfillment center.

Picking with Jennifer Mobile on Smartphones
The Jennifer mobile applications make picking easier and faster for associates, which has yielded productivity gains of more than 20 percent.

At ProMat 2015, booth 3538, Lucas Systems is introducing Mobile Work Execution solutions that optimize hands-on warehouse tasks from receiving through picking, shipping and returns, improving distribution center efficiency by making work easier and better for distribution center workers and managers. The new solutions incorporate Jennifer™ voice-directed mobile applications, Lucas Work Execution software that provides work optimization, process configuration, and work orchestration capabilities that complement WMS and host systems, as well as the Engage™ Management Dashboard, providing real-time visibility, reporting and process management. Lucas also announced today that Meier & Dutch, the leading online retailer of premium cigar brands, has recently rolled out the Lucas solution at its Bethlehem, PA fulfillment center.

“The Lucas solution immediately increased associate productivity and accuracy, which has helped Meier & Dutch improve efficiency while providing the best possible service to our customers,” said Chuck Snyder, Operations Manager at Meier & Dutch. “The Jennifer mobile applications make picking easier and faster for associates, which has yielded productivity gains of more than 20 percent. We have also reduced picking errors, which means we spend less time fixing orders before shipping. Our improvements are partly due to the use of the voice-directed applications, but the gains wouldn’t have been as large if we hadn’t implemented the Lucas server-based software. With Lucas’ rules-based assignment creation and smart batching we are able to maximize pick density for each assignment and optimize our picking processes without making any changes to our WMS. Our next step is to extend the Lucas solution to a newly designed put-wall and QC sortation area, which will provide greater scalability for seasonal peaks and future growth, and help us meet customer demands for shorter order-to-ship times.”

The Lucas Mobile Work Execution solutions include the following software components:

  •     The Lucas Work Execution Server, which provides flexible, intelligent work optimization and orchestration capabilities. The server software allows DCs to modify their picking and other processes without making changes to existing systems.
  •     Jennifer Mobile, the leading multi-modal mobile application for voice picking and other warehouse tasks. Jennifer streamlines hands-on processes for warehouse associates using voice-direction, industrial grade speech recognition, barcode scanning and other mobile data capture and display technologies – including smartwatches.
  •     Engage, the Lucas Systems web-based management dashboard, which provides real-time management reporting and system configuration tools. Engage gives supervisors and managers real-time visibility into their operations, exceptions, associate productivity, and workflow, as well as powerful tools to manage mobile work execution on the warehouse floor.
  •     Lucas Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) components, which provide standards-based interfaces to leading WMS and LMS packages, other software used in the DC, as well as legacy, ERP and other back-end systems. Lucas EAI simplifies host integration, minimizing implementation time, risk and cost for IT organizations.

Visitors to ProMat 2015 can see a live demo in the Lucas Systems booth – number 3538. The demonstrations will include Jennifer mobile applications which will be shown running on a range of rugged smartphones and other mobile computers, and using a variety of other mobile accessories and devices, including Bluetooth headsets, barcode scanners and smartwatches.

About Lucas Systems, Inc.
Since 1998, Lucas Systems has pioneered warehouse productivity solutions for mobile workers and distribution center managers. Customers like Cardinal Health, The Container Store, C&S Wholesale Grocers, HD Supply, OfficeMax, Mondelez, Kraft and Rust-Oleum trust Lucas to deliver solutions that greatly improve worker productivity and accuracy because Lucas truly understands warehouse operations. Lucas Mobile Work Execution solutions optimize hands-on processes and seamlessly combine voice, barcode scanning, and other mobile technologies to improve worker productivity, eliminate errors, and boost end-to-end DC efficiency. The solutions also provide managers and supervisors with real-time reporting and management tools that help them better manage their operations. For more information, visit http://www.lucasware.com

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