Enterprises have two basic options for storing product data for mobile capture: barcodes and RFID tags. Every organization has a unique situation with specific needs. But in most circumstances, barcodes will prove to be a more cost-efficient and viable option for data storage than RFID. The biggest advantage of barcodes is cost. Virtually all products across all industries come pre-labeled with barcodes. On the supplier side, labeling products with barcodes is...

Leading health care services company Cardinal Health distributes wholesale pharmaceutical and medical products to more than 100,000 locations. Providing affordable, reliable scan-based product ordering for its numerous clients has historically proved challenging. With a widespread client base including more than 75% of the hospitals in the U.S., Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health encourages pharmaceutical customers to place orders online. To that end, the $102.5 billion company offers an online pharmaceutical portal called...

Through the deployment of mobile data capture solutions, retailers can gain a wealth of real-time operational data and insight. On the front end, consumer barcode scans provide enterprises with valuable insights into shopping behavior and help to strengthen consumer relationships. On the back end, mobile barcode scans provide retailers with real-time snapshots into how products move through their supply chain. Real-time supply chain information such as current stock levels and location...

Enphase Energy is a leading global provider of home and commercial energy management technology. The Enphase Home Energy Solution includes a microinverter system for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry and an energy storage system. Field service technicians performing microinverter installations had no automated means of collecting and transferring information from the job site. This required them to transfer installation data manually. Several problems resulted. For example, technicians were unable to confirm...

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...