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.

Top Advantages of Rugged Tablets for Retailers

6-Advantages-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Restaurant-Operations (2)Staying organized and streamlining processes is a top priority for most businesses and it can be vitally important in retail.

A rugged tablet can help improve productivity, increase security, and maximize sales while providing stability and a sensible approach to retail operations.

Efficiency

Long lines can stifle a company’s productivity, discouraging the next wave of customers who see a long line. Rugged tablets can enable instant service with employees jumping in for line-busting, finalizing purchases without the need for a physical encounter at the register. Hospitality centers in particular can benefit from the ability to provide guests with speedy completion of all steps for their visit from check-in to check-out, and room service or other amenities can be easily tracked via a customer side card to swipe or a room or suite number.

Security

Encrypted signature capture delivers high end security and provides customers peace of mind when making purchases on a rugged tablet. The EMV (Eurocard / Mastercard / Visa) chip and signature card reader allow customers to easily and clearly sign on the tablet which provides additional protection against data theft and breaches of privacy. When these security options are offered to customers, the trust factor goes up and they feel comfortable shopping with a retailer or at a hotel gift shop again and again. Their card never leaves their sight, as even restaurants can use tablets at tables for payment at the end of a meal and the card stays secure in the possession of the diner at all times.

Productivity

Sales can be increased with the use of rugged tablets, which can generate instant cross sell and up sell opportunities for retailers, offer additional items, beverages and desserts to diners, present room service or pay per view options for hotels, or inquire if an upgrade is needed for car rental services. Coupon codes can also be generated and supplied to customers to encourage repeat business, and data collected with consent for customers interested in future offers or being part of an email or mobile number list for real time discounts or geofencing opportunities.

A rugged tablet could be one of the best gifts a business owner can give themselves as they move into the new year, with additional options for inventory tracking, delivery confirmation, and more.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Gift Your Business a Rugged Tablet

rugged-tablets-and-the-hospitality-industry-2Your company deserves a holiday gift, one that will keep giving for many years by improving workflow, productivity, and accuracy. Here are ten reasons a purpose built rugged tablet could be the ideal gift for your business, help kickstart the holiday season, and get 2019 off to a great start.

  1. Utility companies can become more efficient during outages, when weather causes downed power lines or there are transformers to be checked. A crew that can stay in close contact via rugged tablet can get to prioritized areas quickly and work together to restore service.
  2. Retail outlets can service customers directly on the floor with rugged tablets, checking inventory and finalizing sales with card swipe payment and signature capture options to reduce holiday lines.
  3. Restaurants can also speed up every process, from seating to ordering to refills to paying the tab, with rugged tablets in the waitstaff’s hands. Extra items can be offered on the spot and gift cards sold without the need for an extra wait.
  4. Logistics becomes simpler whether you run a courier or traditional delivery service, with fast driver to headquarters updates and the ability to use connected tablets for everything from delivery confirmation to route planning in heavy holiday traffic.
  5. Manufacturing can be streamlined and sped up with rugged tablets on the warehouse floor, and packaging and shipping is faster and easier with rugged tablets helping to track inventory and shipments when order volume hits seasonal highs.
  6. Extreme weather is no problem for a rugged tablet, making them ideal for outdoor environments. GNSS capability can drive surveying and construction along, providing the ability for everyone involved in a project to see updated blueprints in real time.
  7. Medical clinics and offices can use purpose built tablets to manage and streamline patient care, from check-in to patient file updates to safeguarding sensitive data.
  8. Business owners and entrepreneurs across various service industries (such as landscaping, contractors, and pool maintenance) can use a rugged tablet to schedule appointments track inventory, take payments, capture signatures, and more. It’s a single device that allows a company to run at maximum productivity.
  9. Municipal managers can utilize tablets to keep office staff connected with field workers and help create smarter solutions for their cities.
  10. Law enforcement and emergency services can utilize purpose built vehicle mounted tablets to improve communication in the field, and even pair tablets with drone technology for search and rescue, crash site clearance, or fire management.

Rugged tablets sit at the leading edge of technology There are multiple choices when it comes to specifications and options meaning the tablet can be customized perfectly for your organization, company, or small business.

Rugged Tablets’ POS Applications

For POS applications across a wide range of verticals, mobile computing is fast supplanting other methods of enhancing customer interactions. The point-of-sale and point-of-service options provided by a rugged tablet PC can streamline processes in almost any customer-facing industry, increasing productivity and efficiency while eliminating lags in service.

Rugged tablets are durable enough to stand up in almost any working environment, and can be utilized to simplify operations across the board, with a vast toolbox of solutions for familiar issues and the flexibility to adapt to different environments. Whether the setting is a restaurant, a casino, or a hotel the tablet bears up under constant, rigorous use, and in the retail sector there is no device that compares for convenience and customer satisfaction.

Retail

Employees can use the tablets’ built-in RFID readers and barcode scanners to quickly bring up product information on screen and check available inventory. Tracking tells the employee exactly where the item is for easy, fast retrieval. Encrypted MSR and EMV smart card readers for payment allows the checkout process to begin immediately, eliminating long lines at the register. Out of stock items can be verified in stock elsewhere, purchased, and delivery arranged on the spot.

Hospitality

Rugged tablets can be used at the front desk for sign in, on carts for room service, and at checkout to settle the bill. Internally, linen inventories can be checked, rooms slated for cleaning marked off and notes kept for special instructions by room number. The durability of the tablet can stand up to drops or other shocks, and long battery life means they last the whole shift. Wireless capability allows for mobility and communication with adjacent restaurants or casinos for a seamless process.

Restaurant

Tablets used for at-table ordering speed up the process, immediately transferring orders to the kitchen, allowing more secure payment in front of guests and faster turnover. The check can be requested and handled at the customer’s convenience, and completed transactions can notify management that a table is opening up for faster clearing and reseating. The tablet is spill proof and durable, even for family style dining.

Compared to consumer grade tablets, or PCs at fixed points requiring repeated visits to the specific location, rugged tablets bring flexibility and mobility to the world of retail and hospitality. As a POS solution, tablets are rapidly outstripping more traditional options, with benefits that are unmatched by other devices.