While a barcode is usually scanned at the register when an item is sold, many consumers are now pointing scanners at merchandise before they checkout in order to compare prices. According to WTAE in Pittsburgh, shoppers are using their smartphones and barcode-scanning technology to save money and get the best deal at retail outlets.
There are a number of apps that allow anyone with a smartphone to access more information about products, such as competing prices, by using their device's camera lens. While exciting for consumers, this technology also has cost-saving applications further up the supply chain. With a mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP), warehouses and distribution centers are able increase data collection among employees while allowing them to use their own devices.
Multiple MEAP Device Options Exist
Known as "bring your own device" or BYOD, the ability to add mobile form applications and enterprise data access to employees' smartphones can help organizations save on hardware costs while improving mobility. However, BYOD does come with some risks, so ensuring data and enterprise access are secure is essential. At some companies, a policy that includes BYOD and other types of mobile data collection devices is preferable.
With the right MEAP vendor, applications can be designed to work on a number of devices while providing the security that organizations need to protect data. The advantages of MEAP development also extend beyond the physical plant to employees in the field. Remote facilities and workers can also collect data and send it to the ERP in real time through a wireless connection or store the information on the device and upload it when connectivity is made.
Regardless of a company's unique mobile data collection needs, a MEAP can help design customer applications that will increase efficiency and productivity throughout the supply chain.