07 Feb

Work Faster, Reduce Errors: Android and Apple Devices Drive Productivity

Mobile devices are a double-edged sword—improving productivity for a stronger bottom line while also, if not properly maintained, posing a risk to your network security. The stakes become even higher for companies using devices supported by Microsoft as the company plans to phase out its support for mobile by 2020. Not only will Windows mobile devices no longer receive security patches, they will also continue to fall behind devices supported by Android and Apple, becoming slower and more obsolete.

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23 Jan

5 Functions to Employ Mobile Manufacturing Apps for a Better Bottom Line

In the consumer world, there’s an app for everything. Want to check your kid’s team schedule? There’s an app for that. Need directions? There’s an app for that too. Want to check tomorrow’s weather? Ditto.  You get the picture. Apps are everywhere, and for good reason. They make things easy—and not just in your personal life. In the last several years, apps have become more and more ingrained in business processes.

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04 Jan

Why It Pays to Understand Mobile App Migration

As the fight for efficiency, productivity, and customer satisfaction rages on, smartphone technology has emerged as a critical “weapon” for manufacturers, distributors, and logistics organizations. Deployed strategically, mobile technology can help organizations spend less and get more done.

Now, the mobile landscape is changing dramatically. Microsoft is ending Windows mobile OS support in 2020, an organizations are moving to migrate their applications and programs to next-generation mobility platforms. This migration is big—and the choices organizations make here will pay dividends (or cause headaches) for years to come.

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15 Dec

Discover the Workforce Mobility Innovations That Should Change the Way You Operate

Mobile technology has made an incredible difference in the worlds of manufacturing and warehousing. Now, many organizations stand at a crossroads. With new opportunities to change the workforce mobility landscape looming, the decisions leaders make about mobile technology today could have enormous implications. To explore these possibilities, Zebra has produced Where Will the Workforce Mobility Revolution Take You?, a helpful nine-page guide to these decisions.

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06 Dec
29 Nov

Mobile Asset Worksheet

Today’s fastest-growing manufacturing and warehousing organizations rely on cutting-edge mobility technology to keep pace with market demands. Even if your organization doesn’t live on the bleeding edge, mobile technology is critical to increase production and reduce errors.

Unfortunately, finding time to assess your mobility strategy can be difficult. That’s why Zebra created the Mobility Use Case Asset Inventory. The Asset Inventory is a simple PDF worksheet designed to help you record how your team uses mobile devices and assess the impact each device has on your business.

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22 Nov

What the End of Windows Means for You

Microsoft has announced their plan to end service for several of their widely-used mobile operating systems. Here’s the timeline:

  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0 is scheduled to end service on 6/10/2018
  • Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld is scheduled to end service on 6/9/2019
  • Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is scheduled to end service on 1/14/2020

What about Windows 10 Mobile, the versatile OS that supports ruggedized mobile devices for many organizations? Since Windows 10 follows the Windows as a Service lifecycle, it depends on the version of your device. That means your devices may end support on 1/9/2018, or may be supported until 12/10/2019.
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30 Oct

3 Ways to Be Sure That Your Field Mobility Strategy Will Work

When it comes to field service, ensuring ROI is no easy task. Outside of your building, unpredictable factors like traffic, weather, and unfamiliar locations make it more difficult to feel certain that you’ve chosen the right strategy.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your confidence in your field mobility strategy. Zebra’s blog highlights three driving forces behind effective field mobility strategy. By familiarizing yourself with these important principles, you ensure that your technology investment meets the needs of your field service team and empowers them to serve your customers and perform effectively.
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26 Oct

Improving Field Service Workflow

Technologies like barcode scanners, RFID tags, and other data collection tools are increasingly deployed in factories and warehouses around the world. As it turns out, taking these technologies outside the four walls of your facility can help your business too.

With more than 7 of every ten field service workers expected to use mobile technology devices by 2018[i], the power of these systems isn’t a secret anymore. More and more organizations are realizing the power of data collection technology to help their field service workflow run smoothly. So can you.
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02 Oct

Wearable Tech: Why Ring Scanners Are a Good Investment Now

Where will your warehousing operation be in five years? Research suggests that the answer to that question depends on how well your team is able to accomplish three important goals:

  • Decrease your order turnaround timeRS6000 Ring
  • Eliminate shipment errors
  • Increase your inventory accuracy

The last of these is perhaps the most important. Improving your inventory accuracy, even by only 1%, has tremendous business impact, influencing your pick-to-ship cycle time and reducing the money you spend on expediting orders.

These essential goals are challenged by the fact that warehousing operations are expected to grow in complexity over the next five years, with an average increase of 60% in SKUS expected by 2020.

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