6 Ways Rugged Tablets are Improving Package Handling

BLOG 1 Five-Logistics-Verticals-that-Need-Rugged-Tablets-TodayRugged tablets for warehouse use can take package handling to the next level, streamlining processes up and down the aisles increases efficiency, boosts productivity, and creates smarter ways of working.

Workflows for warehouse, package handling, and delivery tasks can be made more efficient with rugged tablets, making more productive and freeing up time for high-priority tasks. Rugged tablets with multiple features for warehouse use can help cut time, reduce paperwork, decrease the incidence of accident, injury, or errors, and improve overall efficiency of warehouse process from top to bottom.

Industrial grade, purpose built tablets are ideal for the harsh environment of the warehouse floor. Forklift mount options can keep tablets securely docked and carrying cases enable hands free transport. Rugged tablets are also built tough, to provide protection against drops, falls, and other forms of shock.

Military standards regarding extreme temperatures are adhered to, meaning there isn’t a situation in which heat or cold will be likely to cause malfunction in a warehouse. Resistance to water, dust and sand is also up to military specifications, for a tablet that will withstand hard use and rough environments with ease.

Tablets can be utilized to monitor and diagnose package moving machinery in the warehouse, reading codes and sending messages to appropriate personnel in case repairs are required before checking to see where the closest replacement equipment is located or altering schedules to account for a limited range of options.

Problems can even be spotted ahead of a malfunction, noting a decrease in efficiency and prompting a check which could result in a fast recalibration or repair and a return to full steam – eliminating costly downtime and keeping manufacturing at full production.

Tablets are also invaluable for tracking packages, using barcodes or RFID tags to swiftly inventory packages, check for verification, sort and distribute, and prepare for shipment as needed. Every package can be tracked in this manner in real time, and consumer side advantages include the ability to find out where their package is and track it to themselves.

Tablets can be used to scan unknown packages, contact other members of the workforce, report to superiors, and capture signatures and visual data. They are the perfect device for enhanced package handling in times of high volume production.

Slim and portable, these tablets can resist many forms of physical damage while still performing effectively, giving reliable performance for logistics and handling.

How Rugged Tablets Benefit Shipping Logistics in Four Verticals

How-Rugged-Tablets-Reduce-Errors-in-Logistics-SituationsEvery day, products and materials around the United States must enter the supply chain, and logistics operations need high tech solutions to keep up with ever tightening windows for checkpoints and deliveries. Here are four shipping logistics verticals whose workers could benefit from the durable, versatile rugged tablets to smooth the way:

Trucking

The 8.7 million people driving America’s trucks transport food, goods, raw materials, and industrial equipment. Routes may change depending on traffic, roadwork, and other factors. Mounted rugged tablets can be used to plan those routes with real-time information and GPS capabilities, so dispatchers and drivers can keep track of shipments, adjust schedules, and find the best route possible while on the road.

Railway

Trains transport vast amounts of materials, manufactured products, goods and foodstuffs from coast to coast and border to border. In the hands of a train conductor, a rugged tablet can keep up with the strict scheduling and car management required to stay running and make stops on time, and streamline the processes that must of necessity be completed in a harsh, unforgiving work environment.

Airline

Massive planes loaded with civilian and military supplies, furniture, vehicles, retail shipments, raw goods (both import and export) and more fly the skies. Tablets can be connected to Wi-Fi and high-speed data sources to track and broadcast their location, access and collect important information (including from IoT sensors), and work equally as well in planes designed for human transport, allowing for baggage tracking, plane and gate management, hospitality ordering and passenger alerts.

Bus

Many items are still sent by bus in more rural areas, and passengers can rely on high level tech to keep them safe and get them to where they are going. Tablets can be used for ticketing, package tracking, signature capture for ticket changes or package pickup, and bus monitoring and maintenance as well as scheduling and detour tracking.

The ability of rugged tablets to go from car to office to warehouse to mounted in a truck cabin, aircraft cargo space, bus cabin, or railway car means they can be as mobile as required and also a fixed point that records vital data and transmits as needed to keep logistics in all four verticals on track. The supply chain can be kept running, and every minute, dollar, and passenger or package accounted for in real time. Adding rugged tablets to the logistics leg of your organization can improve accountability and deliver best results.

Rugged Tablet Carts for Order Fulfillment can Streamline Warehouse Picking

Rugged-Tablets-and-Mobility-in-Warehouse-EnvironmentsOrder fulfillment may not typically be a fully automated process, and often requires employee action to ensure accuracy and speed. Robotics are starting to be seen in larger warehouses, but picking and packing is still typically handled by actual employees who can utilize rugged tablet technology to improve efficiency and accuracy, become more productive, and create new ways to do standard tasks.

Rugged tablet related items like hot swap batteries, cart accessories, holsters and cradles combine to create the perfect solution for warehouse and major retail spaces. These additions enhance the usability and convenience of rugged tablets for order picking and allow employees more mobility on the floor and in the warehouse.

A major grocery store chain uses a cart to quickly and accurately pick items for online grocery order fulfillment, making it easy for employees to work up and down the line and complete orders for pick up or delivery. This method is convenient and non-disruptive to in-store shoppers, as the cart has a smaller footprint compared to using pre-existing carts for order fulfillment.

The battery holster also prevents downtime by allowing a second battery to be carried along. This permits the tablet to continually be charging, instead of needing to be plugged into a charging outlet. The battery holster expands the operational worktime for each tablet and can keep order fulfillment on track even during the busiest times to meet deadlines for shipping.

The tablet cradle and mobile stick cart are ideal for warehouse picking. The employees doing order fulfillment in warehouses can use the cradle to carry the tablet around with them and then place it in the stick cart to follow the order by rolling it around the warehouse floor. The result is a faster picking pace, less chance of setting the tablet down and having to retrace steps to retrieve it, and the ability to instantly check off items as they are added to the cart until the order is fulfilled.

If the inventory data and location of every item is stored in the rugged tablet, employees can even have their route through the warehouse mapped in advance for speedier completion of each task. Tablets also offer real-time communication, so employees can ask for help if an item is unavailable or has damage. Since support can be reached immediately, a solution can be found promptly using the tablet for information relay.

Rugged tablet systems can transform warehouses by improving existing systems and helping to input newer, more efficient routines. When workers are given the tools they need, they can do their jobs faster and more efficiently. Rugged tablet accessories like carts, cradles, and supplemental battery holsters can transform the way orders are picked whether on the grocery line or in the back end of a major retail warehouse.

Rugged Tablets And Error Reduction for Logistics Verticals

9-Benefits-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Transportation-and-LogisticsLogistics verticals have a major challenge in the form of human error. With millions of pieces of data running through supply chains every day, errors can have instant and far reaching effects. This is a challenge that spans multiple industries, but rugged tablets can help streamline processes, improve accuracy, and minimize errors.

Trucking

More than 8.7 million workers are employed by the U.S. trucking industry, and trucking still overwhelmingly takes up the lion’s share of domestic goods transport, including retail products, raw materials, and industrial equipment. With a rugged tablet, shipments can be tracked, schedules monitored, and routes updated in real time for the best possible speed and accuracy. Inventory on each truck can also be verified and human error reduced in regard to hours of operation, maintenance of vehicles, and compliance with safety regulations.

Railways

Trains comes in second in the U.S when it comes to transport of materials and manufactured goods, and also contributes heavily to the transportation of people. A rugged tablet can help deliveries run on time, onloading and offloading be streamlined and more accurate, and engine maintenance efficiently scheduled and tracked. Car management, track switching, refueling and more can be authorized and monitored with communication between conductors, engineers, and other key personnel.

Airlines

People, luggage, goods, materials, troops and more fly the skies every day and accuracy is paramount to avoid issues that could cause customer dissatisfaction and physical problems related to mechanics and load bearing capacity.

Tablets can be utilized to manage luggage, update gate information, and track fleet maintenance and repairs effectively. Mistakes can be avoided, and information shared between employees if there is a potential issue with airplane safety.

Since almost all errors are human generated, increased communication and transparent, shareable data can improve and update how logistics employees do their jobs. Streamlined processes can be achieved with tablets that are user-friendly, customer experiences as well as employee experiences can be improved while the bottom line benefits.

Rugged tablets deliver an upgraded way to complete logistics tasks across all verticals, delivering accuracy that is unmatched by human-only data entry and transfer. When rugged tablets are in the hands of as many logistics workers as possible, customer experience improves, ROI increases, and customers grow happier and more likely to remain loyal.

 

Warehousing and Logistics – Rugged Tablets for the Supply Chain

Rugged-Tablets-and-Your-Supply-Chain-the-Logistical-ApplicationsReal time management of supply chains is dependent on real time data access. The increasing demands for faster delivery are being enhanced by trends towards small batch fulfillment, and delivery commitment windows continue to narrow in order to satisfy customer expectations. The parameters for the logistics industry will never be the same, and a higher level of technology is the only way to sustain the breakneck speed at which warehouse to consumer door shipment is now anticipated.

Rugged tablets can provide transparency and real time updates for items, pallets, and truckloads of product making their way from the production facility to a storage warehouse, from the loading dock to their final destination. The progress of manufacturing, packing, and shipment can be made visible across all segments of the supply chain, and deliveries accomplished with a level of trust and verification that is enhanced by digitized confirmation.

Inventory in a warehouse can be accomplished and updated with rugged tablets that are forklift mounted or kept in a shoulder harness. Incoming pallets can be recorded and stored according to RFID and barcode data, categorized, separated, repackaged, and shipped to the next stop of the chain with ease. With every step digitized, errors caused by manual entry across multiple mediums (clipboard, scanner, and PC) can be avoided and time saved while accuracy is increased.

Once a shipment or package has left the warehouse, the rugged tablet technology can continue to play a part whether assigned to the shipment, the truck, or the destination. Handoffs are possible with long lasting batteries, multiple battery chargers, and vehicle docks and mounts. Network enabled tablets allow for open communications for quick verification if a package is on schedule or change routes if a transport needs to be diverted due to traffic or weather.

Package damage at any stage of the journey can be noted and items reassigned as losses can be documented in real time and adjustments made to ensure customer satisfaction. Shipments being delivered by rail can be tracked and even confirmed in real time with scanners that work on moving rail cars. Item, pallet, and container-level tagging and management can be managed minute by minute and all related documents or personnel updated instantly.

Delivery and confirmation can be accomplished seamlessly with rugged tablets that have signature capture options and even payment can be handled as a point of sale if required. Instant identity verification and confirmation of receipt can be forwarded in real time to dispatch and plans for timed deliveries and secondary attempts built into upcoming schedules if needed.

Utilizing high end, purpose built devices is the future of the logistics and distribution industry. DT Research is committed to providing companies with the tools they need to stay competitive and compliant.