Catering to today’s subscription society: Körber launches pay-as-you-go ‘Android Voice’ solution

In the consumer sector, subscription services have never been more popular. From food to music, to clothes, to household items and media, a new study by Zuora reveals that New Zealand is ahead of the global trend when it comes to subscriptions, with four out of every five New Zealanders subscribing to at least one service.

he subscription economy isn’t a new concept, with many generations familiar with making regular payments for newspapers, magazines and smart phones. But its success has seen many businesses adopt this new route to market around the world.

By creating a lower barrier to entry and the potential for more customers to access leading and cutting-edge technology, this trend is set to continue.

In response to an increasing market demand for scalable, flexible, rapid and low barrier to entry opportunities for supply chain and retail operations, international technology group Körber has developed a new disruptive solution by enabling a pay-as-you-go service for its popular ‘Android Voice’ offering.

“We’ve solved the complexity of investing in voice by simplifying the entire solution with a low capital investment option that’s scalable and flexible. No multi-year commitment or heavy deployment and integration costs just simple monthly and annual subscription options,” Nishan Wijemanne, managing director APAC at Körber Supply Chain says.

Deployed by a prominent New Zealand 3PL across its global operation, and major retailers such as Kmart, Körber boasts one of the largest footprints of Android Voice deployment globally.

“Our goal is to ensure our customers enjoy a great shopping experience, with our stores well-stocked which is achieved through faster and more efficient picking and packing times instore as well as for our e-commerce customers. By partnering with Körber, we have been able to increase productivity, accuracy and efficiency across our fulfilment operations,” Oliver Blombery, general manager – supply chain at Kmart Australia says.

Based on the principles of voice-guided technology, Android Voice has the power to optimise and simplify a number of operations in retail and logistics by workers following instructions given via headset.

The new pay-as-you-go offering, based on subscription timeframe and number of users, will address a gap in the market for high-tech solutions at a fraction of the cost. With flexible term lengths on offer, Körber’s pay-as-you-go Android Voice offering is set to disrupt the supply chain and retail space by providing a simplified and accessible option for small and medium organisations.

Boasting the capability to improve productivity by up to 35% as well as improve accuracy and reduce errors by up to 50%, users can be added with 80% less investment costs compared to traditional voice.

The new subscription option is available from as little as ten users and can scale up accordingly. Featuring world-class software and hardware and a choice of Android-powered new-generation mobility devices, Körber provides everything required to be up and running on voice in a matter of weeks.

Körber’s Android Voice solution also maximises investment in Android devices by enabling the use of one device to reap productivity benefits across a variety of functions in the warehouse, including replenishment, cycle counting and putaways.