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Mobile Capability Is Key for Numerous Areas of the Supply Chain

Smith and Associates surveyed 200 respondents spanning across the electronics industry and found that 68 percent identified mobile applications as the most influential technology in the supply chain. Although some organizations are still using traditional tools in the supply chain process, more companies are now turning to smartphones, handheld computers and other mobile devices to reap the benefits of improved mobility and flexibility.

A key advantage of mobile is enhanced productivity. After all, it gives workers the freedom to access information from anywhere and at any time. With the ability to execute transactions on the go, access to data is no longer restricted to the office. Distributors and wholesalers can use smartphones and tablets within their warehouses to get instant access to the most up-to-date information. Moreover, instead of updating a long list of records by hand, employees can scan items as they walk down aisles and access data instantly.

Another key driver is the visibility it delivers. Mobile applications give all operations and areas of the supply chain, from small distributors to wholesalers, insight into where a product is at any given time. As a result, real-time tracking and monitoring helps to keep costs down and improve efficiency by preventing over-ordering or prematurely shipping an order.

Transportation is also an area where mobile device popularity is surging, with delivery van computers rapidly becoming a common feature inside trucks and lorries distributing products up and down the country. These mobile computers help perform processes as varied as signature captures for proof of delivery, calculating driver hours of service "” and even keeping track of the trucks themselves.

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A key advantage of mobile is enhanced productivity. After all, it gives workers the freedom to access information from anywhere and at any time. With the ability to execute transactions on the go, access to data is no longer restricted to the office. Distributors and wholesalers can use smartphones and tablets within their warehouses to get instant access to the most up-to-date information. Moreover, instead of updating a long list of records by hand, employees can scan items as they walk down aisles and access data instantly.

Another key driver is the visibility it delivers. Mobile applications give all operations and areas of the supply chain, from small distributors to wholesalers, insight into where a product is at any given time. As a result, real-time tracking and monitoring helps to keep costs down and improve efficiency by preventing over-ordering or prematurely shipping an order.

Transportation is also an area where mobile device popularity is surging, with delivery van computers rapidly becoming a common feature inside trucks and lorries distributing products up and down the country. These mobile computers help perform processes as varied as signature captures for proof of delivery, calculating driver hours of service "” and even keeping track of the trucks themselves.

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