Transportation and logistics companies face a number of challenges as the industry becomes more competitive. Regulatory requirements have increased, as have pressures to reduce costs and to provide more shipment visibility. Technology will play a large role in meeting these challenges. Here are three key logistics management technology trends to watch for in the coming months: Mobility and Wireless Communication: Saddling drivers with piles of paperwork is swiftly becoming a thing of the past. Mobile…
For field service organizations, meeting service level agreement (SLA) requirements and delivering excellent support are critical for maintaining customer loyalty and profitability. How do you get there? The key to providing better field service support for both your customers and your technicians is mobility. Armed with a mobile computer and a real-time wireless connection to the enterprise, your technicians can more effectively complete their work at the point of activity without costly return trips to…
Barcodes are a fundamental part of retail automation solutions. Advanced retail operations use barcodes to guide and document nearly every operation, from initial packaging and shipping, through supply chain management, delivery, in-store inventory placement, and the point-of-sale transaction. Mobile computing and data capture solutions (including barcodes) provide retail companies with better visibility and control over inventory and stock levels, improved employee productivity, and a better overall customer experience. However, not all retail barcode solutions are…
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…