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$3.5M seed funding announcement

Ox Raises $3.5M in Seed Funding

From the start, Ox’s mission has been to level the playing field for retailers by making technology that’s accessible, scalable, and good for business. When we set out to build the best end-to-end solution for retailers, we had no idea what was on the horizon.

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Handheld Scanner Disandvantages

Hands-free Retail: The Disadvantages of Handheld Devices

The rise of buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS), microfulfillment centers, and eCommerce has many companies rethinking their fulfillment strategies to ensure they remain competitive. Speed, accuracy, and efficiency issues compound as order increase, making it more essential than ever for companies wanting to increase business to adapt.

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Heads-Up Displays vs Traditional Pick Methods for Order Picking

Order picking accounts for 55% of the annual $60 billion spent on warehouse operations in the United States. Reducing human-induced errors in the order fulfillment process can save warehouses and distributors significant costs. We investigate a radio-frequency identification (RFID)-based verification method wherein wearable RFID scanners, worn on the wrists, scan passive RFID tags mounted on an item’s bin as the item is picked.

This method is used in conjunction with a heads-up display (HUD) smart glasses to guide the user to the correct item. We compare this RFID verification method to pick-to-light with button verification, pick-to-paper with barcode verification, and pick-to-paper with no verification. We find that pick-to-HUD with RFID verification enables significantly faster picking, provides the lowest error rate, and provides the lowest task workload.

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vision vs voice picking

Vision Picking vs Voice Picking Technology

Wondering how to improve your warehouse pick rate? You’re not alone. As eCommerce and retail grows, every warehouse wants to improve the efficiency and accuracy of their employees by moving the needle on warehouse picks per hour. 

But how? 

It might be time to look at your technology.

If you’re using clipboards and old school scanners, it’s more than likely reaping havoc on your picks per hour. It’s the least efficient method of warehouse picking because pickers are forced to look back and forth between inventory and paper to get and confirm the product info, opening them up to errors. 

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COVID-19 Guidelines for Retail Stores: How to Keep Employees & Customers Safe

We’re currently in the middle of a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, even with vaccines being rolled out as fast as possible, there are new strains that have been proven to be more infectious than the first strain.

Retail workers and other customer-facing employees in retail outlets stores are at an even higher risk of infection, not just from the micro-droplets, but also from contact with common surfaces. Studies have shown that the coronavirus can live on surfaces for as long as 3 days.

This means that the handheld devices used in retail stores are increasing the risk of retail workers being exposed to infection in the workplace. These surfaces are dangerous to both employees and customers.

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The Evolution of Grocery Retail: Introduction to BOPIS, Curbside, and Delivery

The Evolution of Grocery Retail: Introduction to BOPIS, Curbside, & Delivery

While the competition between retail brands has always been fierce, the global pandemic has upped the ante. The stakes are higher than ever and retailers must learn to adapt or face bankruptcy as many have already done.

Online grocery shopping has become a key part of many of our daily lives due to COVID19. While this is good news for retailers, it comes with its unique challenges – faster shipping being the most prominent. It has become imperative for retailers to get customers their items very quickly.

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retail trends covid grocery

5 Retail Trends Here to Stay & What Will Return to Normal

Over the last few months, the retail sector has grown in unprecedented ways. In response to COVID19 and changing lifestyle habits among consumers, many retail brands are recording a dramatic increase in online revenue.

Retail sales in the 3rd quarter of 2020 showed an estimated revenue of almost $1.5 trillion USD in the US alone. That’s a 12 percent increase from the 2nd quarter, and a 36 percent increase compared to the 3rd quarter of 2019. Interestingly, online retail sales from eCommerce platforms accounted for 14.3%, or about $200 billion USD, of the total retail sales.

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Retail in the New Normal: How Has Retail Changed to Adapt to COVID?

COVID-19 is decimating entire industries, crippling businesses, and crushing any economic growth that many countries have managed to increase since the 2008 recession. A visit to the average city shows rows and rows of shops boarded up with many other businesses on the brink of bankruptcy. On the other had, some retail giants such as Walmart, Target, Amazon, and Kohl’s have actually managed to grown significantly in the wake of the pandemic.

In response to the COVID, consumers are doing most of their shopping online, and retail stores are deploying a series of delivery options that are designed to keep both retail workers and consumers safe. Retails that have learned and adapted to these changes quickly have benefitted from tremendous growth in the last year.

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Ox: A New Way Forward

We have a new name: Ox!

Oculogx has always been a tough word to pronounce. It sounds like if an engineering student tried to come up with the name of a tech startup: and to be fair, that’s exactly what happened.

In 2017, I was working at Martin-Brower, which handled the Supply Chain for McDonald’s North America. It was my first job, and it was also my first look at a high-performing supply chain. I learned a lot that summer, but I was also intrigued by the prospect of entrepreneurship. I spent my time after work at Entrepreneurs’ Night at ATDC, the Georgia Tech incubator. I loved the experience of networking with entrepreneurs building game changing technology, and plus - there was free pizza.

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