Distributors of high-volume items such as beverages perform a wide variety of tasks throughout the day. With the correct mobile solution in place your mobile workers can efficiently and effectively manage everything from physical delivery to order management, invoicing and merchandising. Direct Store Delivery (DSD) mobile solutions are designed to eliminate paper processes and provide more accurate deliveries. Beverage distributors in particular can benefit from the following features:
In the past I’ve provided information about the features andbenefits of GPS tracking solutions, but today I’d like to focus on how GPS technology increases safety and reduces liability for large fleets.
It is important to consider how the design of a mobile device will impact productivity, performance and employee safety. An ergonomic design provides a comfortable form-factor that is designed for all-day use and reduces the risk of RSI’s (Repetitive Stress Injuries). Some key considerations for selecting an ergonomic design include:
The Last Mile Delivery Forum starts on Sept. 30th and DecisionPoint Systems will be in Booth #18, so we hope you drop by and visit with us.
In our Aug. 6th post I provided more information about DecisionPoint’s range of services and how we help businesses create operational advantages through wireless mobility solutions. Today I’d like to invite you to learn a little bit more about DecisionPoint Systems and how we can help you make enterprise software applications accessible to the front-line worker anytime, anywhere.
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Transforming the shopping experience is a great way to maintain customer loyalty. Mobile solutions provide the convenience and personalized shopping experience your customers are looking for. With the correct technology in place, the opportunities to increase customer satisfaction are almost limitless. There are a variety of mobile applications designed to enhance the shopping experience and we’ve discussed some of these in the past, but today I’d like to look at some specific examples of solutions that transform the shopping experience.
It’s time again to take a closer look at a bar code symbology! Today I’ll be providing information about Code 39. Code 39 is also known as code 3 of 9 and 3 of 9 bar code. Code 39 is primarily used in industrial applications and internal applications and can be used to create various labels such as name badges and inventory labels.
In our Sept. 20th post we provided some basic information about perpetual inventory. Today I’d like to provide more information about how mobile applications and perpetual inventory can increase field-based workforce productivity and improve customer satisfaction.
Perpetual inventory, also known as continuous inventory, is a system in which inventory quantity and availability is updated on a continuous basis. This provides up-to-date records that accurately reflect the level of goods on hand. Perpetual inventory systems can interface with existing warehouse systems to ensure that an accurate running balance of inventory is reported even when materials are moved.
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Hospitality and entertainment segments such as movie theaters, amusement parks, live concerts and zoos need to provide a positive entertainment experience to keep customers coming back. Mobile solutions not only enhance the entertainment experience, but can transform the customer experience. Mobile solutions help you deliver more value to your guests by reducing wait times and improving convenience. Popular mobile solutions for entertainment venues include:
The MCAA Last Mile Delivery Forum will be held Sept. 30th-Oct. 2nd in Hollywood, Florida at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. You won’t want to miss this exciting event that brings shippers and service providers together. DecisionPoint will be attending the forum and showcasing our mobile solutions for couriers and last mile logistics providers inBooth #18.
A recent study by Osterman Research found that data breaches associated with social media, video sharing and blogs are on the rise. Email still continues to be the principal source of data-loss risk, with 35% of businesses having investigated a leak of confidential or sensitive information via email in the past year. But more and more companies are investigating information being sent via social media and disciplining employees for these types of violations. While creating acceptable use policies or banning the use of social media sites on the job may be the first step, solutions that lockdown devices and only allow access to specific applications ensure compliance. Controlling mobile devices in the field reduces the risk of data loss and increases productivity and efficiency of employees. With the ability to set access policies you have complete control over the functionality of devices no matter where your employees may be.
In our September 10th post we provided more information about vehicle telematics and how these solutions improve fleet management and increase productivity and safety. As promised, today I’m providing more information about the Motorola VC6096 In-Vehicle Mobile Computer with telematics support. This compact, mounted, in-cab solution provides real-time access to data and all of the tools your drivers need to improve productivity. Check out the Motorola video below for more information about the features of the VC6096.
Telematics originally meant the convergence of telecommunications and information processing, but it has evolved over the years to refer to these types of systems within vehicles. GPS navigation, hands-free communication, and real-time access to diagnostic data are all considered vehicle telematics. Vehicle telematics enable the effective management of fleets and the data collected in the field helps improve driver utilization. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), a truck traveling at 75 mph consumes 27% more fuel than one going 65 mph. Visibility into real-time driving behavior allows you to implement best practices to avoid these increased costs. With vehicle telematics you have the ability to review:
In our post yesterday we discussed various track and trace solutions that utilize bar codes and RFID to increase patient safety and satisfy regulatory requirements. Thermal printing is the preferred technology to create bar codes and RFID labels for track and trace solutions. Thermal printing provides secure labeling and ensures that you can meet traceability and labeling requirements. In fact, thermal printers are the only technology that offers on-demand unit-level bar codes and RFID labels. With thermal technology you’re able to:
Track and trace solutions in the pharmaceutical supply chain ensure product safety and security. From production to dispensing, bar code and RFID track and trace technology and applications satisfy regulatory requirements and increase patient safety. Track and trace solutions have numerous benefits and the use of bar codes and RFID enable:
In our Feb. 19th post we announced the release of the Motorola WT4090 Voice-Only Wearable Terminal designed for voice picking and sorting in warehouses. The WT4090 VOW includes support for voice recognition and text-to-speech that enables hands-free applications to improve productivity and reduce errors in the warehouse. To go along with the WT4090 VOW, Motorola has also introduced the RCH50 rugged headset that can withstand harsh warehouse environments. This video from Motorola provides more information about these two products.
When purchasing mobile devices it is important to think about the various accessories available that will improve productivity and increase employee efficiency. You may think of an accessory as simply a stylus or a battery, but there are many options and they will have a direct impact on productivity. Many accessories are snap-ons and provide your workforce with more of the tools they need at their fingertips or enhance the design of a mobile device for increased productivity or protection. Here are a few examples of accessories that can improve employee efficiency:
One of the easiest ways to increase productivity is by supplying your mobile workforce with the tools they need no matter where the job may take them. Motorola and Zebra have done just that with the RW 420 Print Station. Designed to enhance mobile workforce efficiency, the RW 420 is a compact unit that houses a Zebra RW 420 mobile printer and is designed to hold a removable Motorola MC70 or MC75 device. The RW 420 Print Station is rugged and easy to carry, making it the perfect solution for your mobile workforce and a variety of field mobility applications. Check out this video from Zebra and Motorola to learn more about the RW 420 Print Station.
According to Motorola, 62% of consumers abandon purchases because help couldn’t be found. That’s why manyretailers say that their top priority is to provide associates with better tools to satisfy customers. Integrated voice and data solutions enable you to increase productivity and improve customer satisfaction by having a more accessible workforce. By combining voice, bar code scanning and paging, you’ll have instant access to employees wherever they may be and can request assistance without leaving the customer.