The need for real time data within reach, across locations and in ever-changing environments is changing the way businesses are run. The need for mobile computing devices that can boost productivity via instant access to information can transform a company and its profit margin. Nowhere is this more apparent than the world of retail; from the storefront to the warehouse, tablets are making it easier for retailers to boost productivity, make employees’ jobs easier, and enhance customer satisfaction.
Total Cost of Ownership
Rugged tablets meet two sets of standard. The first is durability; tablets are designed to put up with transport, harsh environments, dirt, moisture, shock, and vibration. The second is software – there’s capacity and flexibility to manage massive amounts of data, from retrieval to transmission and storage. The devices are created with an eye to longevity both physically and practically, to lower the need for replacement due to obsolescence or damage. The TCO of a rugged tablet can be as less than half of a non-rugged tablet annually, making them budget friendly.
Unlike notebooks or laptops which can be difficult to carry in the field or operate while standing, a rugged tablet is designed for quick, easy transport and access, with the ability to use on a flat surface or as a handheld device. A keyboard can be snapped on and off for ease of use; a stylus or fingertips can be utilized instead of a mouse or TypePad, and the tablet can be hooked into a wired connection or tapped into a closed Wi-Fi network as required. Rugged tablets can even be mounted in a vehicle or forklift, making them ideal for office to warehouse use or in the field.
Rugged tablets can also feature many options not available in other mobile devices, without requiring extensive modifications. Cameras, barcode scanners (BCSs), magnetic stripe readers (MSRs), smart card readers and integrated NFC/RFID technology can all be implemented, as well as compatible OS such as Microsoft Windows. Rugged tablets can be specifically customized for deployment in various departments, or upgraded for use by upper levels of management who need their finger on the pulse of the company.
When intended for use across a wide range of purposes, applications that drive economies of scale with efficiency are welcome. Potential high value applications include inventory data collection, shipping and receiving, quality assurance, security, asset management and employee monitoring. Clunky legacy devices can collect data, but aren’t equipped to analyze it. In the storefront, tablets can meet customer expectations and improve retention rates by providing interfaces that are familiar and appreciated; for example, a sales associate can quickly check inventory availability, process payments, and generate a receipt on the floor without a wait for a register.
Purpose-built rugged tablets are an ideal solution for businesses, from the stock room to the sales floor. They empower today’s business owners by providing the latest technology in a tool that is easy to implement and which pays for itself in heightened productivity.