Wireless data collection systems are being used by a variety of companies to streamline their systems and to cut down on the amount of paperwork involved in the distribution and manufacturing process. A recent survey released by research group IDC and cited by Logistics Management showed that mobility, which is enabled by wireless devices, is considered the second most important "pillar" of modern supply chains, along with data, cloud and the social business. Dwight Klappich, research vice president for the technology research firm Gartner, also recently pointed out that wireless data collection systems are becoming extremely popular.
"At this point, wireless is pretty much ubiquitous in the warehouse," Klappich said. "And that means always being able to answer the question: 'When will my delivery arrive?' Using mobile solutions, you can answer that question accurately, provide real-time proof of delivery, and invoice the customer instantaneously."
Klappich pointed out that wireless technology is transforming business processes across a wide variety of sectors, but there are special challenges for industrial and distribution companies. For instance, consumer devices like tablets and smartphones can be used by workers in many fields but these devices are not rugged enough for many warehouse environments. As a result, special equipment - such as wireless barcode scanners - is needed. Logistics Management quoted Kimberly Knickle, an IDC research director, who said that even if companies are not using typical consumer wireless devices, it can still be a good idea to give workers a sense of ownership over the devices they use on the job. This can lead to workers taking better care of the device, cutting down on repair and replacement costs.
Knickle also said that training is important for workers who are using special wireless devices, and enterprises would be smart to look for options that are easy to deploy with minimal workers education. This will allow companies to deploy wireless solutions quickly and start to see a rapid return on investment.
The wireless data collection solutions offered by RFgen are ideally suited for businesses that need a fast and easy transition to wireless. The systems can track inbound and outbound inventory operations, record time entries, track plant and equipment maintenance as well as provide logistics scheduling and load management solutions.