As fuel costs continue to rise, organizations are faced with an increase in annual costs per vehicle, making it essential to have solutions in place to reduce fuel consumption. For many businesses, fuel costs can be as high as 10 to 15 percent of total operating costs. Fleet managers understand the importance of controlling a fleet’s fuel costs and are turning to fleet management solutions to measure consumption and driver performance.
In our July 15th post I provided information about the best practices for creating bar code wristbands to ensure that they contain the right data needed to increase patient safety. Bar code wristbands are designed to improve patient safety regardless of age. However, maternity wards need tailored solutions to ensure that the wristbands don’t harm a newborns delicate skin. DecisionPoint’s partner Zebra Technologies recently wrote a blog post about this very issue and provided these important tips for implementing infant wristbands:
In our post yesterday I shared information about the important features to look for in mobile computers and mobile printers for mobile POS or line busting solutions. Selecting the appropriate software is another way to ensure the best user experience and enables employees to complete more transactions per day. Today I’m sharing a great demo video from DecisionPoint’s software partner Global Bay that features their robust mobile grocery application designed for line busting.
In past posts we’ve provided information about the ways that mobile POS and line busting solutions enable retailers to increase customer satisfaction, process more transactions throughout the day and boost sales. There are a variety of mobile computers and mobile printers available for mobile POS and line busting solutions and it is important to look for specific features that will ensure the best user experience. Some of the most important features to consider are:
In our June 28th post I provided information about Zebra’s new QLn mobile printer that is ideal for retail applications such as shelf labeling. Customer input was vital to the development of the QLn series and it boasts innovative technology that improves productivity. Check out the video below to learn more about the QLn and its enhanced features that meet customer demands.
Summer is in full swing and water park and amusement park attendance is of course on the rise. In fact, I recently visited a small amusement park and thought it’d be a great time to share some of the benefits that bar coded wristbands can provide to theme parks and other hospitality venues. Cashless bar coded wristbands save guests the trouble of having to manage cash and reduces the risk of lost tickets. Bar coded wristbands can be tied into POS systems and can be preloaded with spending money to increase guest convenience and enhance the customer experience. In addition to the many benefits that cashless wristbands provide guests, businesses also realize benefits such as:
You may have noticed that coupons have been going through some updates the past few years. In addition to the standard UPC-A bar code that manufacturers have been using on coupons for decades, GS1 DataBar has also been added. The use of both bar codes is part of the transition phase to a DataBar-only coupon system. June 30th marked the date that the Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC), set to completely transition to the newGS1 DataBar bar code. However, because DataBar is a voluntary standard you will see that some manufacturers postpone the switch to later this year.
In our post yesterday I shared information about retail inventory management software and the multiple store functions it supports. As promised, today I’m sharing a great video from DecisionPoint’s software partner Global Bay that provides additional information about their robust retail inventory solution GBmobile Mobile Inventory running on Motorola enterprise-class rugged devices.
Retail inventory management can be complex, but with the rightmobile retail solution you can extend inventory system functionality to the store floor and increase accuracy. Inefficient inventory management processes reduce associate productivity and out-dated methods reduce accuracy. With retail inventory management software and mobile devices, store associates can move freely about the store performing a variety of inventory functions as well as other core tasks. Typical store functions supported by a robust retail inventory management solutioninclude:
In our post yesterday I provided information about the new Panasonic Toughbook H2 fully rugged tablet. Today I’m providing this great video from Panasonic Solutions that goes into detail about all of the features that make the Toughbook H2 the ideal tablet for mobile workforces.
Panasonic Solutions Company recently announced the Toughbook H2, a fully rugged Windows tablet PC that is the next generation in their industry-leading line of rugged tablets. The Toughbook H2 offers enhanced performance and starts at only 3.5 pounds, so your workers can truly remain mobile. Designed for workforces on the move, the Toughbook H2 is ideal for field service workers who require a device as tough as the multiple environments they work in. Key features of the Toughbook H2 include:
In our post Monday I provided information about the benefits that bar coded wristbands provide to a variety of hospitality venues such as amusement parks and water parks. Bar coded wristbands are most often associated with the healthcare industry and are used to increase patient safety and the accuracy of medication dispensing at the point of care. In order to realize all of the benefits of bar code wristbands and to ensure patient safety, there are a few best practices to follow. DecisionPoint’s partner Zebra Technologies has compiled the following list of best practices to ensure your patient wristbands contain the right information and meet industry mandates.
We’re all familiar with the ways that GPS tracking solutions increase driver safety, reduce fuel costs and boost driver productivity, but GPS solutions also provide the added bonus of increased security. Knowing where your vehicles are at all times protects these high-value assets. When businesses set up geofences to track vehicles they are alerted to any suspicious movement. GPS tracking alerts can be set up for businesses to monitor:
Equipping your field technicians with the right parts for repairs is essential to keep customers happy and provide efficient service. With a mobile inventory management system your mobile workforce can manage and account for off-site inventory, no matter where it might be located. Technicians can access data on mobile computers to track the parts they have on their vehicle as well as locate parts at warehouses and in other vehicles. Increase first-time fix rates and workforce productivity with a real-time mobile inventory management system that enables technicians to:
DecisionPoint’s software partner Mobile Epiphany recently created this great new video that showcases their Touch Inspect Child Services application. Click the image below to see how easily caseworkers can prepare for and conduct visits with Touch Inspect.
In our April 18th post I provided information about Microsoft Tags and the new opportunities they’re providing businesses to interact with customers. Today I’d like to share this great video that provides an overview of Microsoft Tag and examples of ways that retailers and other businesses are utilizing the technology to connect customers to product information and more on their smartphones.
Motorola Solutions recently announced the release of the MC75A HF RFID Mobile Computer designed to capture virtually any type of business data. The MC75A HF combines the utility of seven devices in Motorola’s signature rugged design that can withstand drops, tumbles and exposure for reliable use day in and day out. The MC75A HF combines a mobile phone, two-way radio, HF RFID reader/writer, mobile computer, bar code scanner, high-resolution camera and GPS in one reliable device.
According to an Aberdeen Group research report, best-in-class retailers that are utilizing item-level RFID on average are realizing:
In our June 30th post, I provided information about theregulatory proposal issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to require Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs)to monitor Hours-of-Service (HOS) compliance. DecisionPoint’s partner XATA Turnpike offers a comprehensive solution to automate regulatory compliance.
Creating invoices at the time of service speeds up the payment process and provides immediate customer acknowledgement while in the field. With amobile field service solution, mobile workforces can easily create invoices on a mobile computer, share with the back-office and send to customers via email or print on-the-spot. Digital invoicing reduces paperwork, storage costs and also increases accuracy.