28 Aug, 2015

Replacing RedLaser: Scandit Welcomes Former RedLaser SDK Customers with Special Transition Package

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News has reached us that some eBay customers using RedLaser’s SDK for barcode scanning have received a notification informing them of eBays’s plan to sunset its barcode scanning SDK for consumer and enterprise apps. Scandit has decided to offer special transition pricing to former RedLaser SDK licensees looking for a barcode scanning alternative.

What You Can Expect from the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK

The Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK delivers truly enterprise-grade barcode scanning regardless of the hardware and environmental limitations inherent in mobile device usage. Through sophisticated real time image processing, Scandit’s SDK makes it possible to maximize scanning performance of all major 1D and 2D barcodes on cameras with or without autofocus, at longer ranges, and in a variety of adverse conditions.

By transitioning to Scandit you can expect:

  • Exceptional scan performance under adverse conditions—low light, high glare, and damaged codes
  • Patented blurry barcode scanning capabilities
  • Scan barcodes in motion with enhanced motion compensation
  • Professional, ongoing customer support
  • Frequent cross-platform updates to support the newest devices, OS versions and barcode symbologies

To make things even easier, we’re offering a special transition package for RedLaser customers who choose Scandit as their barcode scanning alternative.

This package includes:

  • 30 day test of Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK
  • Transition Toolkit to help customers easily switch out SDKs (more details below)
  • Special transition pricing offer of 15% off for Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK*

Transition Toolkit

To make the transition as painless as possible for previous RedLaser customers, we’ve created  step-by-step guides for swapping out SDKs.

Alternatively, we also created a RedLaser wrapper, which provides the fastest way of converting an app using the RedLaser Scanner to the Scandit Barcode Scanner library. The wrapper emulates the classes you know from the RedLaser library and maps its functionality onto the Scandit Barcode Scanner. As the libraries do not have the exact same functionality not all functions can be mapped.

Next Steps

To benefit from the transition pricing package and for access to the step-by-step transition guide (toolkit/Redlaser wrapper), please contact a Scandit representative today.

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*Applies to Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK annual list pricing for first year of Scandit license. May be subject to proof of previous relationship with RedLaser.

 

26 Aug, 2015

Scandit Launches New Mobile Proof-of-Delivery (POD) Solution for Logistics Providers, Express Couriers and Postal Carriers

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New mobile Proof of Delivery (POD) solution is designed to improve efficiency for an increasingly mobile workforce by enabling the use of smartphones and wearable devices to keep track of pickups and deliveries.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— August 26, 2015 —Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, is launching a new mobile Proof of Delivery (POD) solution designed to improve efficiency for an increasingly mobile workforce by enabling the use of smartphones and wearable devices to keep track of pickups and deliveries. Companies using Scandit’s solution benefit from a single app that supports all driver tasks and enterprise-grade barcode scanning that eliminates the need for costly dedicated barcode scanning devices.

The Scandit Proof of Delivery solution includes a customizable and easily deployable proof-of-delivery app (for iOS and Android) combined with Scandit’s Enterprise Mobility and Data Capture Cloud, and easily integrates with existing enterprise IT infrastructures. It supports all delivery tasks, including navigation, geotagged signature capture and barcode scanning equivalent to dedicated devices. The solution can easily be distributed to corporate devices or downloaded by third-party contractors ensuring that everyone in the delivery chain — drivers, contractors and even part-time workers — can track deliveries in realtime.

“The mobilization of today’s workforce can result in significant efficiencies and lower costs across the entire supply chain, especially when combined with enterprise-grade barcode scanning and data capture,” says Samuel Mueller, Scandit CEO. “Our new Proof of Delivery solution offers equivalent scanning performance to dedicated scanners at a fraction of the cost, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over dedicated device alternatives.”

Scandit’s Proof of Delivery solution is designed to extend the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Transportation Management Systems (TMS) or Warehouse Management System (WMS) to the mobile workforce of today’s logistics providers, express couriers and postal carriers. Its intuitive mobile workflows fit seamlessly into existing delivery processes, eliminating paperwork, reducing errors and increasing productivity across the workforce.

To schedule a demo for Scandit’s Proof of Delivery Solution, contact a Scandit representative.


About Scandit

Scandit delivers high performance mobile solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With nearly 20,000 licensees in more than 100 countries, Scandit processes more than 200 million scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, The Home Depot, NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue and Verizon. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to customers. For more information visit www.scandit.com.

25 Aug, 2015

5 Things to Consider Before Buying Smartphones for your Business

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Choosing the best smartphone for your enterprise can be tricky. With thousands of models available from a variety of manufacturers, and multiple operating systems to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right device to fit your use case and business needs.

By choosing the right smartphone, you benefit from increased productivity, improved operational efficiency and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over time. It’s important to know what device and business factors to consider during the purchasing process, otherwise you might select the wrong device, which can result in inflated operation costs for your business.

Scandit understands the importance of choosing the right device for your needs. Whether you’re seeking a fully-rugged smartphone for outdoor environments, or a low-cost employee device to be used indoors, the same device factors should be considered. That’s why we’ve compiled resources to help you make the right decision. By evaluating these factors, you stand to make a better purchasing decision that will drive a successful enterprise mobility strategy for years to come.

Environmental Application

The first thing you should keep in mind is how and where this device will be used. If your mobile workforce is out in the field, in a warehouse or making deliveries, it will be important for the device to be rugged. Rugged devices provide protection in the workplace from drops, shocks, water, extreme temperatures and dirt. It’s also important to think about the device feature-set. If your employees will be using a phone outdoors, or wearing gloves, you’ll want to be sure devices features meet your needs.

Barcode Scanning Requirements

If you are using a smartphone for data capture, you’ll want to consider the frequency of use. If your employees are scanning thousands of barcodes per day, they will need a different device than if they are only scanning dozens of codes per day. The right hardware will increase scanning efficiency and keep your employees productive, whereas choosing the wrong smartphone for scanning needs could leave workers frustrated, and ultimately unproductive.

Performance

Just like most devices you purchase for the workplace, performance is a key factor to consider. Depending on your industry and use case, you may need a higher performing device. What types of software will you be operating? How much data will be stored on each device? How long is the device required to operate on any given day? What types of connectivity features are necessary for employees to complete their tasks? These are all questions you should be asking before purchasing a smartphone for enterprise use.

Security and Device Management

In today’s enterprise, IT management and security are of the utmost concern. No matter if you’re deploying devices directly to employees or embracing a BYOD model, you should be aware of security measures and device management options. If employees are handling sensitive data on the device, it’s important to understand encryption options, MDM capabilities and configuration. Ensure that your device purchase aligns with your IT policies and is able to work with your existing IT systems.

Total Cost of Ownership

One of the most important factors to consider is Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). TCO is calculated by assessing two categories of costs over a device lifecycle: hard costs and soft costs. Hard costs involve the device itself, the software that runs on it and associated software development costs; while soft costs involve the training, operation and downtime costs. Both are very important to consider, and overall your device should provide a low TCO and a high return on investment, productivity and efficiency for your business.


Interested in purchasing a rugged smartphone for your business? Download our 2015 Rugged Smartphone Buyers Guide. 

 

20 Aug, 2015

Streamline Order Management and Increase Customer Order Frequency

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For many companies, placing orders has been a tedious, manual process involving catalogs, spreadsheets and phone calls. That is quickly changing as more vendors take an omnichannel approach to distributing their products, providing customers with options to place orders online or through mobile devices. In turn, market expectations have changed, and those that aren’t offering a streamlined way of placing orders are at risk of losing sales and customers.

Here are three ways that your wholesale, distribution or manufacturing enterprise can streamline order management and increase customer order frequency:

Simplify customer order entry processes and embrace an omnichannel approach

Many of today’s manufacturers and distributors have failed to embrace an omnichannel approach to order entry despite changing customer expectations. By providing an online portal or mobile app for customers to access product inventory and place orders, you can stay a step ahead of the competition. Most customers already have access to a smartphone or tablet, so why not give them an offering that will keep them coming back again and again? By making it easier to browse products and place orders any time of day, you can increase order frequency and boost your bottom line.

Improve user experience with intuitive workflows  

By providing customers with a user-friendly, branded mobile application or web portal that puts an entire product catalog at their fingertips, distributors and vendors can increase order frequency and drive customer loyalty. It shouldn’t be complicated for your customers to browse products, add items to an order, review past orders or submit new ones. Unfortunately, many order entry processes are still paper-based, or require phone calls to submit orders. When it’s easier to place orders quickly from a mobile device customers are more likely to do so, which results in higher revenue and increased customer satisfaction. 

Replace costly dedicated barcode scanners and leverage mobile devices

Dedicated barcode scanners have traditionally played a role in the order entry process. For distributors and vendors, attempting to generate customer lock-in through dependency on expensive barcode scanners is a costly and risky effort, given the alternative feature-rich options provided by smartphone-based system. In deploying a smartphone-based order entry solution distributors and vendors empower their customers to efficiently scan products and place orders directly from a smartphone. The built-in, camera-based barcode scanner delivers enterprise-grade scanning performance and greater functionality at a fraction of the cost of dedicated barcode scanning devices.


Interested in streamlining your order entry processes? Check out our Mobile Order Entry Solution or contact a Scandit representative to learn more.

 

 

 

13 Aug, 2015

Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK Version 4.7 Released

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We just released the latest version of our Barcode Scanner SDK for iOS and Android, which includes a number of improvements to our scanning capabilities and user experience. Given the broad range of improvements made to version 4.7 on both iOS and Android, we recommend that you upgrade soon to take advantage of our increased performance and feature set. Here are the latest additions and new features that Barcode Scanner SDK version 4.7 has to offer:

Advanced Motion Compensation for iOS — Faster POS scanning, self-checkout and inventory management

We’re excited to introduce Scandit’s new Advanced Motion Compensation capabilities. Whether you swiftly scan barcodes with your iPad point of sale system or with your smartphone, our new motion compensation on iOS takes the scanning experience to another level. See for yourself in our latest video:

 

iOS Barcode Scanner Framework: Update and redesign

Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK version 4.7 contains a major update to the iOS barcode scanner framework. The most prominent features are a redesigned scan UI with a more modern look and a new barcode picker API.

We have redesigned the torch and camera switch button icons to use a flat design. The “scanning by Scandit” logo below the viewfinder has been removed. Instead, the Scandit logo is now rendered more subtly as an inset of the viewfinder rectangle at a much smaller font size.

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In this version, a new iOS barcode picker API (SBSBarcodePicker) has been added. The new API adopts iOS development best-practices that have emerged over the last few years. It is more modern and streamlined, and provides a solid basis for future versions. All classes and enums that are part of this API are prefixed with SBS (acronym for Scandit BarcodeScanner). This API is the new default and new applications should use it instead of the previous API. Existing applications can continue to use the ScanditSDKBarcodePicker. We will continue to maintain the ScanditSDKBarcodePicker and provide bug fixes. However, features that require new functionality on the API level will only be made available for the new SBSBarcodePicker and related classes. Improvements to the barcode recognition engine (performance, recognition rates) will also be available when programming against the ScanditSDKBarcodePicker.

 

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PhoneGap Plugin: More control and subview support

The Scandit PhoneGap plugin for Android and iOS has been extended with new functionality. With this update, it is now possible to use the barcode scanner as a subview (scaled or cropped). In addition, functions to cancel, pause, resume (continue), stop, start and resize the scanner have been added—giving you more control over the scanning process.

A sample layout that uses the cropped picker is shown in the picture below.

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Be sure to download the latest SDK and update your mobile application to harness the unparalleled scanning performance Scandit has to offer. If you haven’t experienced the performance of Scandit, consider signing up for a 30-Day Test SDK today. To view the full release notes for version 4.7 or download the latest SDK, simply sign into your Scandit account.

 

30 Jul, 2015

Scandit Launches Global Directory of System Integrators

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Looking for a system integrator to help develop a mobile scanning solution?

We’re excited to announce the first phase of a new global directory of Scandit’s system integrator partners. Our new directory will regularly be updated to include integrators with expertise in a broad range of industries, making it easy to discover partners with the experience to assist with the development of your mobile applications featuring Scandit’s patented barcode scanning technology, regardless of the use case.

Our network of experienced integrators bring a track record of delivering high-performance mobile barcode scanning applications using Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK and Mobile App Solutions. Feel free to contact your Scandit representative if you need a recommendation, or have a specific integrator that you would like us to work with.

In the coming weeks, we will also feature a select number of device manufacturers on our website that we have teamed up with to optimize our technology and provide the best possible user experience for our customers’ needs. Stay tuned…


If you’re an integrator who’s interested in joining our network, please contact us.

 

 

15 Jul, 2015

Mobilize Your Wholesale Product Catalog and Increase Customer Orders

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Wholesale product catalogs come in many shapes, sizes and degrees of complexity. Some catalogs are printed and distributed by mail, online or in person, but no matter their format wholesale product catalogs are often out-of-date and cumbersome, making it difficult to update and distribute quickly to customers or sales reps.

Imagine for second that your customers could have instant access to the latest product inventory, descriptions and purchasing options for up to 1 million products. What if you were able to update your wholesale product catalog with frequently requested product details or the latest product images and price changes? What if catalog distribution was as simple as downloading an app to customer or employee smartphones and tablets? While it may sound like the future, it’s a reality today for wholesale distributors using Scandit’s Mobile Order Entry Solution.

Here are four ways your wholesale distribution operation can benefit from a mobile product catalog for smartphones and tablets:

Make Buying Easier for Customers and Selling Easier for Sales Reps

When customers have instant mobile access to a living, breathing product catalog it makes it easier for sales reps to sell products. With up-to-date inventory and product information customers know when a product is on backorder, or if a new product becomes available, allowing sales reps to focus on selling—not managing customer order entry.

Take the Hassle Out of Browsing and Searching a Product Catalog

Scandit lets customers browse by product categories, or find products quickly by searching the catalog. Better yet, scan a barcode directly from a product’s packaging using Scandit’s built-in mobile barcode scanner to effortlessly add a catalog item to your order.

Build Customer Satisfaction by Streamlining the Order Entry Process

Let customers say goodbye to inefficient paper catalog ordering and remove traditional bottlenecks by simplifying order entry processes. Leverage customer mobile devices by providing an intuitive, sleek order entry app for all their ordering needs. By removing order barriers, you can give customers a buying experience that will keep them coming back again, and again.

Reduce Sales Force Costs While Improving the Customer Experience

By providing a mobile product catalog, you reduce the amount of time your sales force has to spend fielding customer product inquiries and relaying inventory information, making them more efficient and successfully driving down the cost of each order.

Integrate Your Current Product Catalog, or Host it in the Cloud

Scandit provides enterprise connectors which make it easy to integrate with your existing IT systems (WMS, PIM, ERP). Instantly connect your existing system to our solution, or let us host your catalog for you. The choice is up to you, but rejoice in knowing that Scandit is flexible either way.


 Are you interested in building a mobile order entry application for iOS or Android?

Check out our Mobile Order Entry Solution or Schedule a Demo to learn more

 

8 Jul, 2015

The State of Enterprise Mobility: How Businesses are Using Mobile Apps

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Enterprise mobility is a topic on the minds of many businesses as mobile use continues to rise in the workplace. Through the use of smartphones, tablets and wearable devices enterprises are streamlining their internal and external business processes, and rapidly transforming their work with mobile apps.

As companies continue to leverage mobile devices to perform key business processes, more data is becoming available about the usage of mobile apps—and the results are exciting. Not only are many of today’s enterprises using multiple apps, but they’re also building and deploying them more quickly than ever before. This is an indication that businesses are moving away from expensive, time-consuming custom application builds to cloud-based mobile enterprise app solutions.

Recently, Canvas released data from their 2015 mobile app usage survey that was completed by more than 1,600 business decision makers across a broad range of companies that have traditionally been reliant upon manual employee processes, such as construction, retail and distribution, manufacturing, transportation and logistics. Their data gives us insight into some of the latest enterprise mobility trends, and further proves that the use of mobile apps in the workplace can yield big benefits for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Here is a look at how businesses are using mobile apps in 2015:

  • Organizations using multiple mobile business apps – Two-thirds of respondents indicated their organization used 1-5 mobile business apps in 2014, and a robust 20% of organizations used 10+ mobile business apps last year.
  • Organizations are saving money converting manual processes to mobile apps – Of those tracking their cost savings, 17% saved between $25,000-$100,000 annually switching to mobile apps, while 81% indicated cost savings between $1,000-$25,000.
  • Mobile apps still used most heavily for inspections and work orders – When it comes to specific tasks businesses are using mobile apps for, inspections (52%), work orders (35%), checklists (20%) and surveys (20%) remain the four most popular – as was the case in last year’s survey.
  • Signature capture and image capture are popular features – The 2015 Canvas survey also tracked, for the first time, which mobile business app features organizations have used in the past 12 months. Image capture (56%), signature capture (52%), workflow (23%) and GPS (22%) were most popular.

To learn more, read the full report.

25 Jun, 2015

5 Ways Mobile Order Entry Can Improve Order Management Systems for Wholesale Distributors

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In any wholesale distribution operation, the ability to provide efficient, simple order entry is essential to both customer satisfaction and business success. As a distributor, simpler ordering processes for customers can result in increased order frequency and an improved bottom line for your business. By integrating and deploying a mobile order entry app to customer mobile devices, you can improve your order management system, and become a vendor of choice by leveraging omnichannel sales. Here are 5 ways your business and customers can benefit from Scandit’s Mobile Order Entry solution:

Faster Order Entry with Enterprise-Grade Mobile Barcode Scanning 

Using Scandit’s high performance barcode scanning technology, customers can quickly scan product barcodes using a smartphone to add items to an order, or search for product details. Our software turns ordinary smartphones into powerful business tools that make ordering products and searching catalogs fast and easy.

Drive Revenue with 24-Hour Mobile Ordering for Customers

Deploying our mobile order entry app to customer smartphones or tablets means they can now access your entire product catalog, create and submit orders anywhere, anytime—all without the assistance of a customer sales rep. This translates into greater efficiency, more frequent ordering and smoother order management without the traditional order entry bottlenecks.

Improve Customer Satisfaction with Live Order Status Tracking

Using our Mobile Order Entry solution, wholesale distributors can provide up-to-date order tracking so that customers always know an order status, without contacting sales reps for questions. This translates into greater efficiency in the order entry process, and improved customer satisfaction.

Make Better Decisions and Track Customer Behavior with Mobile App User Analytics

Gain insight into app performance and customer order habits with web-configurable app analytics, giving your company the ability to track user behavior, make better decisions and improve your order entry sales process with access to real-time user data.

Product Catalog Access Online and Offline

Scandit’s solution gives customers access to 1 million item, detail-rich product catalogs using a mobile app, without requiring network connectivity. This is critical for wholesale customers working in environments where connectivity can be scarce, and allows them to be more efficient in the workplace. For wholesale distributors, Scandit’s solution provides flexible cloud hosting of your catalog, or integrates easily into your existing IT system.


Are you interested in building a mobile order entry application for iOS or Android?

Check out our Mobile Order Entry Solution or Schedule a Demo to learn more

 

 

18 Jun, 2015

Customer Spotlight – Winterhalter + Fenner AG: Mobile Order Entry with Scandit

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For wholesale distributors, it’s important to be able to react quickly to meet customer needs and market demand fluctuations. When customers need to place orders quickly to re-stock store shelves and inventory, distributors need to be able to provide an easy and efficient ordering solution that gives them the ability to submit orders fast—from the sales floor, stockroom or even on-the-go. In today’s customer spotlight we take a look at wholesale distributor Winterhalter + Fenner, who uses Scandit technology to power their mobile order entry application, which makes customer ordering easier than ever.

Winterhalter + Fenner is a Swiss wholesale company that distributes electrical goods from leading national and international suppliers. Their broad range of goods includes electronic components, installation materials and data networking products. After the launch of their online store and product catalog, Winterhalter + Fenner leadership noticed a high volume of customers accessing the store from mobile devices. Noting this new trend, they sought a way to improve their order management processes to support the changing behaviors of customers. They turned to Scandit technology to power a mobile order entry app that would give customers the ability to browse their product catalog, create and submit orders anytime, anywhere. Using Scandit’s barcode scanning software, wholesale customers can now easily scan a barcode to add items to an order, or search for products.

The results for Winterhalter + Fenner customers are clear; ordering has never been easier or more efficient. Meanwhile, Winterhalter + Fenner benefits from increased order frequency and revenue that wouldn’t otherwise be possible without going mobile. To learn more about Winterhalter + Fenner’s mobile order entry success, checkout our customer case study or watch the short video below (in German).


 Are you interested in building a mobile order entry application for iOS or Android?

Check out our Mobile Order Entry Solution or Contact a Scandit representative to learn more