It’s time to modernise your warehouse. Don’t get left behind!
Not only have Windows® devices reached end-of-life status and will no longer be supported, but running outdated green-screen applications also won’t empower your workers to the extent necessary — they simply were not designed to match the speed and volume of today’s on-demand economy. And that’s just the start of it to ensure you modernise your warehouse . Exponential growth in e-commerce, higher consumer expectations of product availability, delivery speed, and intensifying competition for labour are fundamentally changing warehouse operations.
Key technology such as cloud WMS solutions work hand in hand with android devices and ensure you modernise your warehouse to increase profitability and efficiency.
The warehouse keeps on evolving:
- E-commerce is placing greater efficiency demands on warehouses. The sheer volume of items ordered is expected to spike by 76% by 2020.*
- Consumers expect swift delivery of online purchases. By 2021, 78% of logistics providers expect to offer same-day delivery.**
- Competition for labour makes keeping pace difficult. Warehouses face an ongoing need to train and retrain due to labour shortages, high turnover and reliance on temporary help.
Introducing new technology and processes are key in adjusting to the new way of working – which increasingly is ensuring next-day and even local same day delivery options.
Businesses are now looking to warehouses to create a competitive edge by improving the quality of customer service, and the speed and accuracy of deliveries. What’s more, innovation is necessary as the sheer volume and challenge of warehousing work is changing.
As Microsoft prepares to end support for its Windows Mobile operating system, DCs are looking to the Android OS for a new generation of rugged handheld devices and ways of working.
Could Android devices be the answer? Will outdated mobile devices make you less competitive?
Before e-commerce disrupted warehousing, the continued use of outdated Windows® mobile operating systems was a safe strategy. But your business environment has fundamentally changed and so has your risk. As e-commerce sales grow, the threats to device up-time and business continuity will only increase.
Outdated hardware platforms and Windows® mobile operating systems were not designed for the e-commerce and the workforce demands of today’s warehouse. Warehouses need more advanced mobile computing functionality such as:
• Intuitive all-touch terminal emulation that reduces keystrokes, errors and training time
• Faster data capture
• Greater processing power
• Faster Wi-Fi speeds
• More robust security
• Stable parts replacement
Your safest strategy is to modernise your mobile technology now. Equipped with modern android devices, your warehouse can keep up with the growing demands of e-commerce, increase fulfilment speed and accuracy and shorten training times.
Android is now the most popular mobile operating system in both the consumer and enterprise sectors across the globe. The ease of use of Android – not to mention people’s familiarity with it – mean it’s a logical choice when it comes to selecting a mobile operating system for your business.
Security has also increased – the Android platform on rugged devices now has robust security features built-in that include:
- Data security – business data is private by default with enforced security between applications, full disk encryption and always-on VPN options
- App security – with work apps authorised so IT can control which apps are installed and who uses them
- Device security – is protected and maintained by a series of features, such as hardware root of trust
Mobile computing devices are a staple in the modern warehouse, allowing workers to perform picking, packing, and putaway tasks far faster than they could with clipboards and paper checklists. From barcode scanners to touchscreen tablets and voice-directed picking headsets, mobile devices provide the speed and accuracy that DCs need to meet the demands of rising e-commerce orders and expectations for overnight shipping.
Customer expectations are transforming warehouse operations, as speed is now more critical than ever. Inventory needs to turn around quickly as retailers and manufacturers try to keep up with our modern ‘need it now’ culture. Accuracy is also paramount. Nothing less than complete order accuracy with fully visible tracking will do, if you want to retain your customers and reputation.
SaaS and Android are ringing the changes in WMS which is signalling the end of an era previously dominated by ageing, clunky and costly legacy WMS systems. So don’t delay and modernise your warehouse
At the same time, with the end in sight for Windows Mobile and Windows C/E and the growing popularity of the Android operating system, a new breed of mobile-first WMS systems is emerging.
E-commerce retail warehouses are leading the way, combining SaaS flexibility and Android mobility to transform the efficiency of their warehouse fulfilment operations by finally allowing access in real time to inventory, while more effectively addressing day to day operational pressures such as Goods Receipt, Picking, Packing and Shipping accuracy, Next and Same Day deliveries, and Returns management.
Android can help you tackle these issues simply, from day one. Firstly, because Android and other touch-screen operating systems dominate modern phones, your workers already know how to use its intuitive touch screen interface. Secondly, rugged Android devices includes the option of Mobility DNA All Touch Terminal Emulation, which converts your existing green screen applications into Android touch screen experiences, so workers at all levels can adopt them quickly.
With the increase in use of android devices in conjunction with the fast pace and the high expectations of e-commerce clients and their end customers means you need a WMS that is simple, scalable, responsive and totally geared up to the e-commerce World without compromising on features to ensure you modernise your warehouse .
Whether a warehouse is looking to increase security, boost efficiency, or deploy the latest peripherals, change is in the wind for handheld computers and WMS in the DC. With Microsoft planning to withdraw its support for the mobile operating systems that companies have used for decades, players throughout the supply chain will face decisions about choosing a new OS, finding a handheld device to support it, and migrating their apps over to the upgraded platform.
Android devices can help you tackle these issues simply, from day one and will easily integrate with your Warehouse Management System.
*Warehousing 2020 Vision Study, Zebra Technologies, 2016 | ** The Future of Fulfillment Vision Study, Zebra Technologies, 2018
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