Authored by Alana Smith, TeamCain
In order to stay current with technology and let’s be honest, to play “Words with Friends”, I decided to join the Android Smartphone world. I downloaded an app called “Out of Milk” and it’s basically a way to create and keep track of lists from the palm of your hand. Before I got this new phone, when I did groceries I would find scraps of paper and write out my list – this would not only create more paper waste but it was also very common of me to lose my lists, and so rewriting was a common occurrence. But with this “Out of Milk” app, I can create lists specific to stores, and with the tap of a finger, cross an item off. Then the next time I go grocery shopping, I just tap the item again and it’s re-added to the list. I was showing this app to a friend of mine the other day and I discovered this little icon in the top right corner of the screen.
Wait... you mean I can scan barcodes?!! MIND... BLOWN... Now I can just scan an item that I want to add to my list so that it’s always there. This revelation got me thinking about how convenient it would be to have an “Out of Milk” app for warehouse operations and inventory... no more rekeying data from one terminal to the next, you can have the necessary information in the palm of your hand and if you need to order more inventory, you just scan the barcode and it’s done.
Then I realised (duh!) that it already exists with automated data collection (ADC). I wrote a previous blog entry, The Difference that Mobile Solutions Make, about how using mobility in your supply chain logistics can provide a fast connection to your enterprise data and that the need for transparency and connectivity, the drive to reduce costs and the need to increase accuracy and productivity quickens the adoption of mobile solutions in the market.
Gartner Group reported that data collection can enhance the ROI on your ERP investment by 30% to 50%! Mobile solutions make it so that you know exactly where your product is, you can easily send your employees to find said product at the right place the first time, and as a bonus, the data is automatically entered into JD Edwards – there is no more manual entry or the lag times that come with paper processing. Inside the warehouse, mobile solutions help with inventory, picking and productivity. Out in the field, mobile solutions can help increase your overall customer and employee satisfaction. When consumers see how efficient and accurate your system is, they trust you and return to you for business. Mobility can empower your employees by reducing the stress that came with tasks that took too long to complete.
There is a way to harness the power of mobile solutions on top of just scanning barcodes. RF-SMART’s advanced technology enables you to choose the most efficient mode of data collection—barcodes, voice, RFID or keypad entry on the mobile device—for every transaction offered. The ability to interchangeably use data collection modes enhances productivity by up to 40% compared to paper-based processes and 20% compared to using barcodes alone. Click here to watch the latest webinar.
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