Large mobile deployments can be expensive and complex to orchestrate. The last thing anyone wants to see when their mobile hardware arrives on site is that there is “some assembly required.” Loading software, adjusting network settings, and connecting peripherals can take a significant amount of time for even just one computer; think about the amount of time it would take to do so for hundreds of mobile computers. That’s why staging and kitting services are an…
In warehouses, distribution centers, and facilities that have deployed automated inventory management technology, barcode labels have become standard operating procedures. But RFID has become  a bigger part of the inventory management equation, especially in retail where a number of large companies are using the tags to track goods at the pallet, case, and even item-level at the retail shelf. While RFID has some big advantages over barcode labels, deciding whether to use the technology in…
Wireless communication is a key part of most manufacturing and distribution operations. Many companies, however, don't revisit their wireless installation once the access points are in place. But wireless networks have to change and evolve with your business and keep pace with technology advancements that can provide improved performance. If it's been a few years since you had a network upgrade, it's time to take a hard look at your industrial wireless network to determine…
Supply chain management requires developing an effective supply chain strategy. Your supply chain strategy should focus on the efficient transfer and movement of inventory -- it's the only efficient way of balancing the often difficult-to-forecast pulls of customer demand and supplier availability. What type of supply chain do you want? There is no one "right" way to organize and optimize a supply chain. Depending your industry and your goals, your supply chain may be organized…