Mobile technology has come a long way since its inception, and the advancements have made them the ideal tool for both manufacturers, retailers, and transport workers. Time is the most invaluable resource in supply chain operations, and rugged tablets can increase efficiency at every turn, saving time and money. Here are four ways that rugged tablets can optimize an operation, from the production floor to the retail department.
Tablets for Manufacturing Operations
For manufacturers, putting out high-quality goods on time is the key objective. Rugged tablets can help manage machines and applications, keep track of employees, and keep customers updated on the status of their goods. Specific orders can also be handled individually via barcode/RFID scanning. Along with increasing organization, real-time updates help manufacturers identify a problem before it halts production, and they can use tablet applications to solve the matter quickly.
Tablets for Warehouse Use
Chaos in the warehouse can lead to mistakes, lost goods, and injured employees. Tablets can help improve organization and efficiency, saving time and preventing delays or interruptions in warehouse flow. Tablets can replace both mounted and fixed-station computers, and their barcode/RFID capabilities make them ideal for scanning, tracking, and managing orders.
By putting all necessary information on a mobile computer, companies have decreased errors and increased efficiency. The moment an asset reaches the warehouse, its contents and destination can be discovered via scan. From there, employees can manage the order accordingly before moving on.
Tablets in Transit
Transport and delivery are arguably the most hectic parts of handling goods, but tablets can simplify this process and make it easier for all parties involved. When mounted within vehicles, tablets can serve as GPS systems for drivers, and then easily removed for other duties. Companies can track their orders via GPS, and this real-time tracking lets them know when to expect delivery. No need for downtime, and no confusion over lost or late orders.
Tablets on the Retail Floor
While the retail environment is the destination, it’s not the end of the line for many products. Many retail stores are utilizing mobile devices to increase efficiency and organization in the workplace, and they can even be used for shelf management on the sales floor eliminating the need to print and post stocking images. Barcode/RFID scanning can be utilized here, as well. Employees can simplify inventory tracking by using barcodes and RFID tags to identify goods, and logs can be digitized for easy management.
Rugged tablets benefit the supply chain at multiple points and can streamline your logistic operation from manufacturing facility to the retail floor.