Published: 03rd September 2017
Soon, pickers in warehouses of E-commerce companies could save time. Thanks to this start up launched at Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru
The startup not only assures error free picking but also reduces the chances of wrong products being picked at the warehouses
A start-up incubated in the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru has come with a cart that can help do the same.
MOPTro EFP is a product that assures error free picking. In what looks just like a shopping cart, this product will ensure that only the right products are picked in the cart.
When a customer places an order online, the list is fed to a tab that is linked to the cart at the warehouse. The pickers here can, with the help of this digitized list pick the product
But there is catch. The car comes with a lid that opens only when the bar code on the product matches the product in the list. A bar code scanner does the same.
Explaining the concept, Athreya Jayaprakash, one of the team members of Greendzine Technologies says, “For instance, someone at the warehouse might end up picking a cookie that is very similar in appearance to the other. In many cases, errors happens because the pickers are not literate.
“This results in wrong products being picked and customer dissatisfaction,” he adds.
With the cart, there is no room for error as the lid of the cart is automatically shut when a product is dropped in it. It will only re-open when the barcode of the next product matches the details of the product in the list. Hence, the staff cannot even load the wrong products.
MOPTro EFP is a next-generation order picking electric vehicle with inbuilt path optimization algorithm, on-board scanning solution and an error-free smart picking solution.
Anjan Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO
An algorithan will be assigned though the device to the picker which will also help save time.
“For instance, a picker has 10 items to be put in the cart, he will take arbitrary path.
Our algoritham will give optimum path which will reduce their walking. Pickers walk through warehouses covering 10-12 kms a day,” he adds.
The team comprising Karthikeyan Sundaram (Co-Founder and CTO), Srinivas Varadhan and Dr Lenin Prakash along with Jayaprakash and Anjan Kumar (Co-Founder and CEO) worked for two years to develop the same. They were funded by the Karnataka Information Technology Venture Capital Fund.