Zebra Technologies’ most recent Vision Study dissects the rise in warehouse automation and believe automation is set to increase within the next five years. Currently, 94% of those who participated in the survey say repetitive tasks are handled manually.
With an estimated 105.4 million new mobile workers expected to enter the American workforce by 2020 and the increasing customer expectations surrounding deliveries and online shopping has made visibility into inventory more necessary. As workers travel further from warehouses and distribution centers, visibility becomes increasingly more difficult. Since less visibility often equates to impaired productivity and dissatisfied customers, Ascent Solutions has designed features to enhance field mobility. When teamed with Zebra Technologies’ exclusive line of rugged applications, you are maximizing visibility into your supply chain.
Four in five consumer cellphones are using Android OS (operating system), making it a popular choice among customers, but the same cannot be readily said of retailers and warehouses. As a consumer-grade platform, Android may seem less robust than its iOS and Windows counterparts. However, as ecommerce and omnichannel engagement take the forefront of the retail industry, the need for modernized digital assets is urgent.
When it comes to simplified elegance and practicality, iOS continuously stuns users with its ease-of-use and unbeatable reputation. Although it currently serves popular industries such as logistics and retail, iOS’ closed ecosystem limits its usage since many leading manufacturers have made Android their OS of choice. Consequently, iOS is excluded from many new technological developments, or at least it was until now.
There is no definitive way to predict the future, and yet change inevitable. Whether it be the seasons or technology, change is always on its way. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that current studies have outlined key shifts within the global market that call for rapid warehouse modernization.
Using inadequate devices to support business needs can lead to numerous complications including, but not limited to, repair costs, recurring downtime, app crashes, and overall workforce confusion. Couple that with the ever-changing consumer market, and you get inaccurate inventory tracking, inefficient supply fulfillment, and unsatisfied customers.
Inaccurate resource management within the warehouse may account for an incalculable loss in profits through over/under stocking, delayed deliveries, confusion, etc. Tracking inventory with obsolete resources (paper, consumer-de devices, etc.) impairs visibility throughout your supply inventory, increasing the risk of missed sales and malpractice fees.
In today’s global market, accurate inventory tracking is essential. However, rental companies with too much inventory may struggle to keep up with timely delivery and services when the wrong hardware is used. Though user-friendly, consumer-grade devices can’t handle heavy workflow, which may affect productivity and customer satisfaction.