Manufacturing Trends: Mobile on the Rise

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Mobile technology has grown by leaps and bounds, and manufacturers are quickly jumping on the bandwagon. According to a recent IDC Manufacturing and Retail Insights survey, manufacturers are not only adopting and using mobile devices more, but they are also developing their own mobile applications.

In an effort to stay more connected, manufacturing industry workers are taking their mobile devices with them wherever they go – whether that be within the warehouse or outside of the warehouse on the sales field. Having instant access to important inventory and customer information has proven to be invaluable, and researchers are only expecting the number of manufacturers using mobile technologies to rise as the year progresses.

It’s obvious that mobile technology is here to stay, so how can your company begin to embrace these technologies for its own benefit? Take a look at the top reasons your manufacturing company should consider going mobile:

  1. Transportation management. Mobile devices give you the ability to track and route products effectively through transportation networks, including delivery confirmation and route optimization.
  2. Product traceability. Mobile devices help you keep track of your products as they move throughout the warehouse and allow for information to be moved more quickly through the supply chain. Many devices are equipped with real-time reporting capabilities, so you can see what is going on in your warehouse the moment it happens.
  3. Field service. Mobile devices arm field workers and sales people with the tools they need to succeed out in the field. Mobile devices come with location-mapping capabilities to assist with service calls, and sales people can pull up customer information and account details (as well as process orders) without the hassle of having to go back to the office.

We’ve seen the rise in mobility coming and created an application to help manufacturers like you take advantage of all that mobile technologies has to offer. Our Scanco Sales app for Sage 100 ERP (formerly Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP) is designed to arm your employees with the information they need wherever they are located. Pull up customer information, process orders, track inventory levels, and more with our newest remote sales application for Sage 100. Contact us today to learn more about this groundbreaking solution.

Are you using mobile devices in the warehouse? Has your company created any mobile applications to assist with manufacturing operations? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear how your company is embracing mobile technology.