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Using Mobile Computers and Printers to Improve Staff Productivity

Mobile technologies have transformed our society and made it much easier to connect, communicate, and share information, but they still haven’t made their way into many businesses. It’s a missed opportunity for many companies because the same wireless and mobile technology that enables real-time, instantaneous access to the Internet, voice, and data communications can help […]

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Mobile technologies have transformed our society and made it much easier to connect, communicate, and share information, but they still haven’t made their way into many businesses.

It’s a missed opportunity for many companies because the same wireless and mobile technology that enables real-time, instantaneous access to the Internet, voice, and data communications can help many businesses make enormous gains in staff productivity.

Here are a few ways mobile technologies enable greater staff productivity:

1. Mobile Freedom

Mobile computers and printers help mobilize workers and connect them with the information and tools they need to perform crucial tasks. These include everything from entering and processing sales orders and picking and packing shipments, to printing barcode labels, performing field service, and confirming deliveries.

With mobile computers and printers, they can perform these tasks virtually anywhere inside or outside the four walls, without being tethered to a desk or a wired connection.

For example, instead of moving back-and-forth between warehouse aisles and a stationary workstation in order to access orders, pick lists, and label printing, workers can do it all using a Zebra TC56 touch mobile computer and ZQ600 mobile printer.

Instead of waiting to get back to the office to initiate an order or being unable to provide invoices and receipts upon a delivery, sales reps and delivery drivers can manage orders and shipments on the go, and they can print invoices and receipts on demand.

Mobile computers and printers are able to deliver all the software applications, computing power, and printing functionality they need, anywhere they need it, as long as they have access to Wi-Fi or cellular service.

2. More Productivity in Less Time

A major advantage of mobile computers is that they help automate processes and deliver real-time access to business-critical information. Mobile computers are multi-functional devices, allowing workers to make voice calls, hold video conferences, access business applications and databases, and even scan barcodes and capture photos and videos from a single device.

In addition, as mobile computing speed and power have increased, they’ve enabled faster, more seamless workflows, with the ability to run graphic-intensive and high-powered business software that was once the exclusive domain of desktop PCs.

Equipped with convenient mobile access to all-in-one computing, communications, and scanning functionality, as well as mobile printing, your workers can get more done in less time.

3. Increased Data and Process Accuracy

Mobile scanning and data capture means you can not only automate processes but also avoid errors that are commonplace with paper-based and manual processes. Data of all types can be captured, transmitted, and shared electronically, including barcodes, order, part, and purchase order numbers, shipping information, and more.

In fact, with mobile computers such as Zebra’s TC56, you can capture documents and form fields, such as text, check boxes, and signatures. You can even scan barcodes displayed on other devices screens, such as mobile computers or smartphones.

By capturing, converting, and transmitting all of this information electronically, you can eliminate error-prone manual data entry and paperwork, all while dramatically increasing the speed and efficiency of data capture and information sharing.

These three benefits alone have motivated many businesses to modernize their operations with mobile computing and printing technologies, but they’re only the beginning.

You can take productivity and efficiency even further with wearable devices, such as Zebra’s WT6000 wearable computer and RS6000 Bluetooth ring scanner, thereby creating completely hands-free and highly efficient processes.

To learn more about increasing productivity in your business, contact our team at Logistyx for expert advice and recommendations.

How to Offset Rising Distribution Costs

How a Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping System Can Help You Combat Rising Distribution Costs: Net landed cost of goods, the total cost associated with getting goods into customers’ hands, consists of cost of distribution (CoD) and cost of manufacturing (CoM). For years, manufacturers and brands have worked to reduce CoM as the means to reducing their […]

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How a Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping System Can Help You Combat Rising Distribution Costs:

Net landed cost of goods, the total cost associated with getting goods into customers’ hands, consists of cost of distribution (CoD) and cost of manufacturing (CoM). For years, manufacturers and brands have worked to reduce CoM as the means to reducing their net landed cost of goods to compete and succeed in increasingly competitive marketplaces.

However, this strategy is reaching its limits, and therefore companies are increasingly turning to the often more rewarding, yet complex, opportunity to reduce CoD.

The Complexities of Cost of Distribution

Parcel shipping is experiencing strong – and accelerating – growth worldwide. Global package shipping grew by 48% between 2015 and 2017, and according to FedEx Corp. chairman and founder Fred Smith, B2C e-commerce sales are expected to reach $3.2 trillion by 2020. Global e-commerce sales are predicted to be even higher. This will translate into never-before-seen shipping volumes over the next couple of years.

Adding another layer of complexity: same-day delivery. As of 2017, 51% of retailers offered same-day delivery service to their customers, and the same-day delivery market is expected to grow significantly. While same-day delivery is a big opportunity for all retailers to improve their service level, it requires a high degree of order fulfillment and logistics sophistication. Major challenges, such as very short fulfillment lead-times and flexible last-mile delivery have to be overcome while bringing cost down to a level that consumers are willing to digest.

Put it all together, and the result is carriers are facing unprecedented demand for their services, which in turn forces them to invest in labor, technology and facilities to control volumes and maintain service agreements. Not surprisingly, the carriers have passed these costs on to manufacturers and brands.

UPS and FedEx have both increased published rate tariffs by a minimum of 4.9% per year since 2010, in addition to introducing oversize and handling surcharges as well as dimensional pricing for lightweight and bulky packaging. DHL Express also employed a similar strategy, raising rates by 3.9% in Germany in 2017 to boost services and prepare for future demand.

Achieve Efficiencies in your Distribution Model with Parcel Shipping Systems

For manufacturers and brands that haven’t already, it’s time to examine the impact these trends will continue to make. Any efficiencies achieved in the distribution model can help to offset these rising costs.

The mounting delivery capacity shortage and increasing e-commerce volumes further raise the stakes; shippers who can invest in parcel shipping systems that quickly determine the most efficient shipping option for each parcel they ship – considering delivery deadlines, carrier rates, performance and other factors – stand a better chance of keeping costs in check.

In fact, the right kind of parcel shipping system enables companies to reduce landed costs in four critical areas:

  • Dynamic carrier portfolio management for optimal rate and service selection
  • Carrier-compliant shipment processing that prevents fines due to shipping errors
  • Labor savings by eliminating manual, labor-intensive processes
  • Visibility to audit shipping history and recoup incorrect delivery charges

For businesses with large parcel shipment volumes, the importance of these outcomes cannot be understated. In a recent study by F. Curtis Barry & Company, the cost of shipping for these companies is by far the number-one fulfillment expense, often exceeding the sum of wages, benefits, facilities, utilities and supplies.

Profit is directly linked to how much – or how little – they are able to successfully reduce landed costs, making parcel shipping systems with low barriers to entry and easy scalability an attractive ROI for many.

Parcel Shipping Systems: A Lifeline for those who Want to Compete

As ecommerce continues its breakneck growth and the likes of Amazon keep pushing the boundaries of fulfillment, parcel shipping systems provide a lifeline for those who want to compete.

To learn more about how you can achieve efficiencies in distribution and reduce your net landed cost of goods by leveraging parcel shipping system technology, download our new white paper: The Other Half of your Net Landed Cost of Goods.

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Logistyx Technologies is a provider of carrier-agnostic e-commerce fulfillment software and shipping software solutions that enable shippers to manage all their small parcel, LTL postal, regional, national and international carriers on one platform. We also help companies automate their reverse logistics process for greater efficiency and lower cost. Contact us today. 

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