18 Sep, 2014

Scandit is Expanding International Team

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After raising a $5.5 million Series A round of funding, led by successful entrepreneurs and technology executives, we’re rapidly expanding our international team. We’re looking for visionary and talented team members to help us disrupt the traditional barcode scanner market with our innovative mobile solutions for smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices.

Our team features a cast of incredibly creative and talented people. Each team member possesses a deep passion for the art of building innovative software that connects people through mobile solutions. We work hard, but have a strong sense of adventure and strive to create a workplace that is fun. Our offices are located in two of the world’s most contemporary cities, and we provide great employee benefits, flexible schedules and a stimulating work environment.

We’re excited to continue to expand our team and share our success. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, join us.

Zurich, Switzerland

San Francisco, CA

16 Sep, 2014

VDC Research Sees Scandit as a ‘Viable Threat’ to Industry Leaders

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A recent report from VDC Research shows that traditional AIDC industry leaders are losing their market foothold as new platforms like Scandit bring enterprise-grade barcode scanning to mobile devices.

“Platforms like Scandit are a viable threat to data capture industry leaders as these enable consumer devices to facilitate enterprise-grade barcode scanning. Scandit, and others like it, will serve to rival existing purpose-built solutions. These options will empower business owners, regardless of revenue tier, enabling them to leverage the smartphone camera to scan barcodes and capture images just as efficiently as enterprise-grade scanners.”

VDC expects a continued decline in revenue from laser scanner sales as software-based scanner solutions attract more enterprise clients across verticals. This is because software-based scanners offer superior price-performance ratios, support a broader range of barcode symbologies, and facilitate applications beyond track-and-trace, thereby resonating with many enterprises today. Big brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and Capital One have already begun to utilize Scandit solutions, and our customer list continues to grow.

As we move towards a more mobile workplace we can expect a major shift in the types of barcode scanners being used by even the largest enterprises. The laser scanner simply isn’t the best solution for many businesses, and its inability to meet these needs presents a gap for newer technologies to take its place. Here at Scandit, we hope to continue to fill that gap by offering businesses what they want: precise, intuitive technology with performance levels that can power any enterprise.

 

11 Sep, 2014

Scandit to Demo Wearable Scanning at Xamarin Evolve 2014

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We’re excited to announce our upcoming participation in Xamarin Evolve 2014. Xamarin Evolve is the world’s largest cross-platform mobile development event. It will bring thousands of top developers to Atlanta for five days to hear from industry experts leading the way in cross-platform mobile app development.

We’re constantly talking about the importance of cross-platform app development, and we’re looking forward to showing attendees how they can utilize Xamarin and our Barcode Scanner SDK to optimize mobile device cameras for enterprise-grade barcode scanning performance on smartphones, tablets and wearable devices across multiple mobile platforms.

If you’re attending the event, you can find us in the demo area showcasing our mobile barcode scanning solution for Google Glass. We’ll also show attendees how they can develop interactive Google Glass apps using Xamarin’s framework and our Barcode Scanner SDK. Stop by for a glimpse into the world of hands-free scanning with Google Glass and see what Xamarin’s framework can do for Glass developers.

For a sneak peek check out our “Pick by Vision” demo app showcases and order fulfillment process utilizing Scandit’s barcode scanning technology on Google Glass. The video demonstrates the process of retrieving a pick list, scanning the items on the list and verifying your picks.

9 Sep, 2014

The Online Shopper and the Evolving Retail Landscape

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A recent consumer experience study from UPS shows some exciting insights on the behavior of the modern online shopper and trends taking shape in the evolving retail landscape. The study provides data on the preferences of shoppers, a review of the current state of the retail industry and a look at the emerging impact from mobile influences and changing store dynamics. You can review the study in its entirety from UPS, but we’ve outlined some highlights below that are of importance to retailers and industry professionals.

State of the Industry

  • Retailer channels account for 43% of product searches via onsite browsing (18%), in-store visits (18%), or catalog shopping and promotional circulars (7%).
  • Over 80% of consumer product research takes place online, with 21% being done via mobile devices.
  • This year, over 50% of customers who purchased goods online opted to ship items to store for pickup, making Ship-to-Store a vital function of overall omnichannel success.

Mobile’s Emerging Impact

  • 46% of mobile and tablet users have made purchases on their device.
  • 65% of marketing emails were opened on mobile devices during Q4 2013.
  • 68% of shoppers prefer to visit a retailer’s full website, even when viewing on a tablet or smartphone.

Changing Store Dynamics

  • 36% of shoppers report comparing prices in-store.
  • 27% of shoppers are reading reviews and feedback from peers when in-store.
  • 20% of shoppers complain via social media if dissatisfied with a retail purchase.
  • 25% of shoppers want to checkout with their own mobile device using self-checkout applications in store.

Conclusions

Retailer’s should be leveraging mobililty in their omnichannel strategies by defining the optimal user experience and building a mobile roadmap to achieve those goals. Additionally, retailers should evaluate the role of mobile apps for their business. Apps such as self-checkout and mobile shopping can help drive sales and improve customer loyalty.

Store-based retailers should explore the technology that can be deployed to educate, inspire and service the shopper in-store. Utilizing technology like product locators to find inventory and forward-thinking with mPOS (point of sale) systems can lead to a better shopping experience that keeps consumers coming back again and again.

4 Sep, 2014

Online Mobile Shopping Surpasses Desktops for the First Time in the UK

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For the first time ever, UK online shopping from mobile devices has surpassed the desktop. A recent IMRG Capgemini Quarterly Benchmarking Report shows that 52% of visits to online UK retailers were made via mobile devices, and 36% of sales are now completed on a smartphone or tablet device.

Mobile shoppingin the UK has increased quite a bit since 2010 when online visits via mobile devices were as low as 3%. This rapid growth is a definitive milestone for mobile commerce that reveals how important omnichannel retail marketing has become in recent years. With growth like this, it’s exciting to think about the progression to come as more and more mobile devices are purchased and used by consumers to purchase or research goods online.

This is a clear marker of the importance of adopting a retail omnichannel strategy that keeps shoppers engaged through in-store, online and mobile interactions. Mobile creates a new way of doing business for the average retailer. Now retailers have the opportunity to engage customers on the go through coupons, contests, special events, social media, email campaigns and gamification strategies. Shoppers can be reached anywhere, anytime and without being tied to a personal computer, and retailers should embrace these strategies and take advantage of the opportunity to drive new sales both in-store and online.

Read more about the report findings here.

3 Sep, 2014

Omnichannel Mobile Strategies Boost In-Store Sales for Retailers

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A new retail marketing report from Forrester found that sales from US consumers that check the web before making in-store purchases are four times greater than online sales alone. This may come as a shock for many retailers who previously frowned on mobile use in store, or the “showrooming” trend that has become a new norm for today’s web influenced shoppers. Omnichannel mobile strategies are actually helping, not hurting, in-store sales across the US.

Cross-channel retail sales—defined by Forrester as transactions that are touched by a digital medium but not completed online—are slated to hit $1.4 trillion this year and $1.8 trillion by 2018. Offline sales, primarily influenced by the web, will comprise nearly 75% of the $475 billion in US retail growth anticipated between 2014 and 2018. This is due to the rising number of consumers who use their phones at home and in-store to research products before purchase.

Many believed that mobile shopping would hurt in-store sales, but this five-year study proves otherwise. As it turns out, most consumers use their phones in the “pre-shop” phase and not to complete purchases. This is because shoppers are more interested in researching the product location, comparing prices, and checking inventory before making a trip to a brick and mortar location to complete their purchase in person.

This is good news for retailers who have yet to embrace an omnichannel marketing strategy. By creating employee and consumer-facing apps that help shoppers, retailers can take advantage of this trend that is quickly becoming the new norm for today’s mobile consumer.

Read more about the study and it’s findings here.

26 Aug, 2014

Self-Checkout Apps Drive Efficiency and Increase Brand Loyalty

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Recently, an article in European Supermarket Magazine discussed the impact of self-checkout apps for smartphones on European supermarkets. Their findings suggest that self-checkout apps are improving the shopping experience by driving efficiency in-store and increasing brand loyalty for retail chains across Europe. This isn’t surprising, but it’s encouraging for retailers who are just starting to embrace the omnichannel retail strategy.

Self-checkout apps for mobile devices help retailers encourage customers to use self-checkout devices in-store without having to invest in the traditional hardware to do so. This frees up valuable store real estate, and saves overhead while empowering customers to take control of their shopping experience. It also increases the speed at which customers can shop, allowing retail chains to process customers more efficiently.

Self-checkout apps are beneficial for the shopper as well. These apps empower customers to skip lines by utilizing in-store self-scanning and check-out with their phone in one simple step. This saves them time, and if partnered with a shopping list feature, can greatly increase their efficiency and in-store shopping experience.

These applications are quickly being adopted as part of omnichannel retail strategies across Europe and in the United States. By creating mobile apps for retail stores, retailers can provide more touch-points for shoppers to interact with their brand. This helps increase consumer satisfaction and brand loyalty over time, which keeps them coming back again and again.

Read more about the article here.

21 Aug, 2014

Shopping List Apps a Win-Win for Retailers and Customers Alike

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Imagine an app that reminds you to buy your groceries before you run out, or helps you make that shopping list you’ve been putting off. It may sound strange, but shopping list apps can now do this, and they are helping to keep customers and retailers connected in new ways. For many, creating a shopping list can be frustrating. It can be hard to sit down and create a grocery list from scratch before you run out the door to your local store. For others, losing the list before they even get to the store is commonplace, and leads to impulse buys that wreak havoc on their wallet. Luckily, in today’s mobile world the shopping experience is made easier by the emergence of shopping list apps that help simplify and streamline our shopping experiences.

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14 Aug, 2014

Mobile Procurement: Leveraging mobile tech for the sourcing industry

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Mobile devices have become ubiquitous in today’s technology-driven world. Currently, one in five adults around the globe own a smartphone and that number will continue to increase as technology becomes less expensive and more available to consumers. The global population is in love with smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. These devices have become an integral part of our personal lives by keeping us connected to the things we love, and now they have successfully entered our professional lives by helping us become more efficient at work. Increasing numbers of mobile devices are driving the emerging BYOD and consumerization of IT trends, which have the ability to help procurement professionals transform the way they do business.

Just about every industry is now being affected by the rise in mobile enterprise strategies, and procurement has a lot to gain from going mobile. There has never been a better time for the supply chain industry to adopt a mobile strategy that leverages the latest technology for the enterprise.

Empower Buyers to Purchase Anywhere

With mobile procurement apps and solutions, you can empower buyers to complete their work from anywhere. Mobile devices open the door for buyers to make their purchases from their own personal devices while working remotely or on the go. This flexibility can give them the competitive edge they need to stay ahead of the curve. While other industries have adopted the modern mobile lifestyle, it’s time for procurement to do the same.

Create a Better Experience for Employees

Like other industries, procurement stands to improve the experience of supply chain professionals by adopting mobile apps and solutions. Mobile apps offer user-friendly experiences that are easy to navigate and increase efficiency in the workplace. With a mobile procurement app, employees can get their sourcing done faster and without the complications of traditional methods. Using a smartphone or tablet, sourcing projects can be managed on the go, and buyers and suppliers alike can benefit. This flexibility creates a better overall experience for both the employee and the business.

Mobile Data Access

Access to data is critical to the success of any procurement professional. E-sourcing has benefited the industry for many years, and mobility will only strengthen that. With mobile procurement solutions, supply chain professionals will have constant access—from any mobile device—to the information they need to make informed decisions about their sourcing needs. With access at the touch of a screen, procurement pros will be better informed than ever before.

Lead the Pack

Mobile procurement solutions are relatively new to the industry, and there has never been a more opportune time to adopt state-of-the-art technology to keep your business moving ahead of the pack. Most businesses are just beginning to embrace mobile strategies, and even fewer are reaching ‘mobile maturity’. By adapting early, today’s supply chain businesses can maintain the competitive edge they need to succeed in this quickly evolving industry.