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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Mobile Devices? 

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Mobile & Edge technology solutions have become indispensable tools in the modern warehouse, empowering staff and management to streamline operations, boost efficiency, and enhance communication. From purpose-driven handhelds to tablets, these devices are equipped with specialized software applications and connectivity features tailored to the unique demands of warehouse environments. But are you truly harnessing the full power of your mobile devices? 

Unlocking the Power of Data 

In an era dominated by the Internet of Things, data is king. Mobile devices serve as the conduits through which warehouses can tap into this wealth of data to drive informed decision-making and optimize processes. However, simply deploying mobile devices is not enough; it’s essential to leverage the data they generate effectively to unlock their true potential. 

The landscape of warehouse technology is constantly evolving, with new trends and innovations reshaping the industry. Here are a few emerging trends and technologies in mobile devices that warehouse leaders should be aware of: 

Mobile Device Management (MDM): MDM is essential for effectively managing and securing the fleet of mobile devices used by warehouse employees. From inventory management and asset tracking to data analysis and reporting, MDM encompasses a range of functionalities crucial for ensuring data security, regulatory compliance and operational efficiency. 

Employee Connectivity: Mobile devices play a pivotal role in facilitating communication and collaboration among warehouse staff. Whether it’s remote access to resources or real-time task assignment and tracking, these devices enhance employee connectivity and productivity on the warehouse floor. These tools also play a significant role in improving workplace culture. Employees that feel connected to their work and their colleagues achieve better results and higher levels of job satisfaction. 

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): RFID technology offers a more efficient and reliable way to track and manage inventory and assets in the warehouse. RFID enables warehouses to streamline common tasks and improve operational efficiency. In fact, it is likely that many of the products you are currently using in your warehouse are manufactured with RFID tags already built in. Why not take advantage of that? 

Pain Points 

While mobile devices offer numerous benefits, they also come with their fair share of challenges. Here are some common pain points that warehouse leaders may encounter: 

  1. Manual configuration and deployment of devices 

Leveraging manual configuration and deployment tactics can bring rise to many challenges in the warehouse. Configuring each mobile device manually can be a labor-intensive and error-prone process, leading to inconsistencies and inefficiencies across devices. Automated provisioning solutions can streamline this process, reducing the time and effort required for device setup. 

  1. Legacy operating systems 

Some warehouses may already be leveraging legacy operating systems, such as Windows Mobile. When implementing new mobile devices onto a legacy operating system, several challenges can arise. Legacy operating systems may pose compatibility issues and security risks, hindering the integration of new mobile devices into existing warehouse systems. Upgrading to modern operating systems can help address these challenges and ensure compatibility with the latest software applications and security protocols. 

  1. Lack of Leadership Buy-in 

Without strong leadership support and effective communication, employees may resist the implementation of mobile devices in the warehouse. It’s crucial for warehouse leaders to champion the benefits of mobile technology and involve employees in the decision-making process to foster buy-in and enthusiasm for change.  

Achieve Mobile Device Success 

To maximize the potential of mobile devices in the warehouse, it’s essential to address these pain points proactively and implement strategies for success. By embracing emerging technologies, fostering employee connectivity and overcoming common challenges with automated solutions, updated operating systems and leadership support, warehouse leaders can unlock new levels of efficiency, productivity and innovation in their operations. 

Are you ready to start maximizing the value of your mobile technology? Let’s have a conversation.® 

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