The retail supply chain needs to become responsive to real-time shifts in demand from constantly connected consumers. A customer who is told an item is out of stock will likely find it at a competitor. They also may tell their friends about their negative experience, or even shift their loyalty. Given the much higher comparative cost of obtaining vs. retaining a customer, “out of stock” is no longer an acceptable...

Barcode scanning is one of the easiest ways to collect product data. But choosing a scanning device is not always so simple. Initially, enterprises must decide whether to use a dedicated hardware scanner, peripheral device, or mobile devices equipped with a data capture solution. All of these options have their pros and cons. Dedicated scanners are rugged, ergonomic, and offer a high degree of scanning performance. However, dedicated scanners are expensive to...

There’s no denying the impact mobile is having on supply chain operations. At this point, enterprise mobility is more than a just a buzzword; it’s a reality. But in the age of mobility, why are so many companies still using outdated hardware and software to get the job done? The latest smartphones and mobile solutions are transforming supply chain operations like proof of delivery and track and trace, eliminating the...

In the logistics and transportation industries, every second—and every dollar—counts. That’s why today’s distributors and fleet managers are leveraging mobile technology to cut costs and improve efficiency for truck drivers, delivery couriers and contractors. The latest smart devices and mobile software offer businesses the ability to streamline the pickup and delivery process, freeing up valuable driver time, eliminating paperwork and speeding up the billing cycle. Learn how business are lowering...

VDC Research, the leading AutoID and Data Capture analyst firm, has today released its latest industry white paper on mobile barcode scanning. The report, Revolutionizing Data Capture: Bringing enterprise-grade barcode scanning to everyone, takes a close look at the rise and success of mobile barcode scanning in the enterprise to improve mission-critical business processes throughout the supply chain. With a focus on Scandit, VDC analyzes how mobile barcode scanning is helping enterprises across verticals...

Barcodes are everywhere: on our favorite products, in the advertisements we see, on our mail and now even on the foods we eat. But that hasn’t always been the case. What began as an attempt to automate the grocery store checkout experience has evolved into an entire industry of automation and data capture that has taken the world by storm— revolutionizing many standard business processes that we still use today. While...

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...

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....