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…
Mobile device management (MDM) software allows IT administrators to manage tablets, smartphones, and other mobile computers via the cloud or an MDM server. For enterprise-wide mobile solutions, MDM provides valuable functionality that makes it easier to deploy the hardware, manage and maintain the devices, and keep the entire mobile ecosystem secure and up to date. While functionality varies among the various MDM tools available, in general they can help deploy software to all devices simultaneously,…