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370 fixed-mount, computerized barcode scanners with machine vision have been deployed in XPO warehouses in the UK, Spain, France and the Netherlands to speed the reading of inventory data.

XPO selected the Cognex Series 370 technology following pilot programs for major retail customers, such as H&M, with additional trials underway. The scanners are installed in high-volume e-commerce warehouses where workers are managing the holiday surge in order fulfilment.

We’re constantly exploring new technologies that can enhance the efficiency and safety of our logistics network” – says Richard Cawston, managing director, supply chain – Europe, XPO Logistics. – “ Each time we replace a handheld scanner with a fixed-mount camera, we increase throughput by over 10% on average, and the task transfers from person to person touch-free.”

XPO are of course just one of many logistics organisations investing in tech to speed up warehouse fulfillment. Last month DSV showed off a video demonstrating how drones are being used to scan items autonomously at its warehouses.

Photo credit @ XPO

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