New research published by Zebra Technologies proves what the Voxware team has long hypothesized: the warehouses of the future will leverage data from multiple sources to make better decisions and provide a superior customer experience. According to Zebra, 12.4% of distributions operations had a combination of voice automation technology and RFID scanning in 2015. By 2020, that figure is likely to rise to 56.4%. In other words, roughly half of all warehouses will have data from multiple sources throughout their distribution operations.

Since siloed data only shows a partial picture, companies that want to use their data to its full potential should consider a tool like Intellestra, Voxware’s predictive analytics platform purpose-built for distribution operations. Intellestra enables managers to see what’s happening in the distribution center as well as what’s happening outside of it by pulling data from multiple sources such as traffic, weather, voice, scanning, and sales projections into a single platform. As a result, fulfillment managers can adapt to the everyday dynamics of the supply chain before its too late.

For example: Is inclement weather reported on an outbound truck’s route? Shift the departure time up and add item selectors to finish picking in time. Preparing for a holiday shopping peak? Combine pick rates of new and seasoned item selectors with sales data and test the impact of making new hires simply by moving a slider.

While these decisions may have required cumbersome manual calculations and tough decisions in the past, Intellestra pulls data from multiple sources into a single platform so that team members can make decisions with all available information made easily accessible.

As more warehouses upgrade their systems, technology alone won’t be enough to ensure a competitive advantage. Companies that leverage data from their technological systems to drive further improvements in accuracy and efficiency will be far better positioned to deliver an increasing set of consumer expectations.