Put-to-Light Purchasing Process

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Picking and putting technologies are usually purchased in one of two ways: through a system integrator or directly from the manufacturer.



A systems integrator is a person or company that assists companies in selecting and installing hardware and software.  In the supply chain, a systems integrator may work with warehouse and operations managers to design or update both new and legacy warehouses, distribution centers, or manufacturing facilities.  

Traditional put-to-light and pick-to-light systems are usually a single line-item among a long list racks, conveyors, and other equipment needed for a new warehouse or distribution center (DC).  Systems integrators usually assist is the selection and installation of warehouse management software (WMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

Sometimes the selection of hardware and technology may be limited by those that:

  • Are compatible with your WMS, ERP or other inventory management system
  • Pay the system integrator the highest commission
  • Are on your company’s “approved vendor” list

Designing a new warehouse or DC  can be an arduous and lengthy process involving multiple return-on-investment (ROI) evaluations and budgeting compromises.  Even adding pick-to-light or put-to-light to an already-functioning operation can involve months of planning, installation, and integration before you are up and running.

A lot of people wonder what a pick-to-light system costs and the answer depends on which type of pick-to-light system you choose: traditional (more expensive) or modern IoT system (less expensive). 



New Wireless Pick-to-Light Devices

Voodoo Robotics offers a different experience.  Cloud Display Devices can be leased through a SKU-Rep or you can do it yourself.  Really!  The Cloud Display Devices were designed to be easy to set-up and integrate with any modern WMS/ERP.  We even provide code samples to get you started.

Order a starter kit of 10 devices and one turbo and you can be up and running in a couple of hours. 

Once you have the devices working the way you like, you can order more devices and integrate the system with your ERP or WMS.  Or, if you don’t have inventory management software, just use Google Sheets, Excel or SKU-Keeper.

If it doesn’t work for you, just send them back!  There’s no contract and no risk.  You won't be stuck with a solution that doesn’t meet your needs.

Companies needing a large number of lights may prefer to purchase rather than lease.


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Interested in learning more about light-directed putting and picking technology?  The 2018 Buyer's Guide to Put-to-Light covers the types of systems, advantages, costs, implementation and more!


2018 Buyer's Guide to Put-to-Light