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SPECIAL REPORT THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE GLOBAL LOGISTICS FOCUS 2016 12A THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE SEPTEMBER 19.2016 conventional brick and mortar shops, Gonzalez said. Patrick van den Bossche, a partner with A.T. Kearney, agrees that wear- able devices are increasingly common "within the four walls of the warehouse or the four walls of a manufacturing plant. Wearables are used for a variety of goals: for efficiency in a warehouse, they help direct people to pick the right things; choose the right product at the right amount. And with some more sophisticated products, they even help them build the pallet once they start picking the material out of the racks." With new generations g rowing up with FitBit, Google Glasses, and other wearable devices, it's becoming increasingly easy to use and adapt to the technology, van den Bossche added. "A lot of these applications have short learn- ing curves," he said. Gonzalez added that the more widely adopted segment of the supply chain wearables are small, light "ring scan- ners" used by workers equipped with wearable mobile computers. A split-second squeeze on the trigger verifies that the task has been performed accurately, and pro- vides the real-time inventory information required for maintaining stocking levels and reducing out-of-stocks. A currently less widespread — but more technically adventurous — segment involves equipping warehouse workers with hands-free augmented reality devices. Smart Glasses sold by Vuzix Corp. enable warehouse pickers to finish tasks more quickly and efficiently while reducing error rates, according to the Rochester, New Shipments for enterprise and industrial wearables will increase from 2.3 million units in 2015 to 66.4 million units annually by 2021.

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