DB Schenker is one of the world’s leading global logistics service providers, employing over 76,000 people. The company constantly strives to digitalize and optimize the processes in its logistics centers to make them fit for the future. One particularly successful project was the introduction of the smart picking solution from Picavi. After being rolled out at its two German sites in Bremen and Rodgau, it quickly enabled significant increases in efficiency.
“We at DB Schenker are always looking for ways to make our processes more efficient. Our partnerships with Picavi and ProGlove are two recent examples of how we have successfully driven forward innovation in contract logistics. By introducing smart glasses and intelligent gloves in our warehouses, we are investing in our future so that we remain the preferred partner for global business supply chains.”
Xavier Garijo, Board Member for Contract Logistics at DB Schenker
DB Schenker provides logistics services for the automotive industry at its sites in Bremen and Rodgau near Frankfurt. Here, the company wanted to improve productivity and quality in order picking.
The solution for greater efficiency has a name: pick-by-vision. Staff at the logistics center in Bremen now use Picavi smart glasses for all order picking activities. In Rodgau, the innovative picking solution consists of two components: the smart glasses and a scanner mounted on either a glove or ring. The picker uses the scanner to scan an ordered item. They then immediately see the next item to be picked on the glasses’ display. This display appears at the edge of their field of vision, allowing a clear view of their surroundings. The system is controlled via the buttons on the Picavi Power Control (PPC), a separate battery and control unit that weighs just 200 grams. This makes it light enough to be worn comfortably on a belt and makes order picking easier.
At both sites, Picavi smart glasses helped to achieve a measurable and economically significant rise in efficiency compared to the hand scanners that were used previously. The system is ergonomic and easy to use, making it extremely popular among staff. DB Schenker now plans to introduce the connected pick-by-vision solution as its standard process across multiple sites.