Mobile Automation Streamlines North Pole Distribution Operations

Two years ago, we profiled an organization and their supply chain challenges.  They introduced automation and mobile technologies to help improve operations.  The success of the early initiatives and the ease with which their staff took to the new tools encouraged this team to seek additional opportunities for mobile…

Mobile Devices, Changing Platforms & Migration

It’s inevitable. Just when you think you have everything in place – something changes. Nothing stays in place for long – especially in the world of technology. But how you approach the dynamics of these situations can have a big impact on your team, your production – and your…

Zero Tolerance for Errors – Is it Possible?

“Zero tolerance for errors.” “No room for mistakes.” While phrases like these may sound like the rally cries of a bunch of perfectionists – we’ve actually had them as requirements in solutions from some of our clients. True story. But is this even remotely achievable? Ask a recovering perfectionist,…

Windows versus Android – Which is the Better Approach?

Last week, I talked about our decision to leverage Windows 10 as our initial tablet operating system offering. We made this decision after internal research across Windows 10, Android and iOS options – and the impact to our clients and partners. Each of these operating systems (O/S) is somewhat…

Casually Connected – Is This the Best Way?

When you hear the term “casually connected”, you might think it’s a reference to social relationships. Obviously (hopefully) we’re not talking about the relationship with your spouse or significant other. When we say Casual Connection around our offices, we’re talking about the relationship between your mobile device and your…

Leveraging AIT – It all Begins with the Label

When I first got involved with Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) in 1989 as a District Manager for Intermec Technologies, my Media Specialist at the time drilled in the importance of the label (thanks Clark!) and its role on how it all works. It didn’t take long for me to…

Windows Tablets: More than a Small Laptop

When the Windows tablets were first introduced, I felt that Microsoft was just trying to get a piece of the IOS / Android tablet markets. The initial operating system they offered was a “Home Edition” – not fully compatible with your office PC – but available for a lower…

The Multiple Benefits of the Super Bowl

In case you hadn’t heard, have been out of the country – or just plain don’t care – this Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday. A crazy amount of chili, wings, chips and grain-based beverages will be consumed. People from Philadelphia and Boston will be a little frantic. And commercials…

You’re Closer to RFID Than You Think

RFID is one of those technologies that many organizations are interested in – but actually implementing it into their environments can be another story. It’s been around for some time – over 15 years actually – and has generated a lot of buzz as a source of improved data…

Out with the Old, In with the New

It’s hard to believe that we’re wrapping up another year. And as far as years go – 2017 wasn’t without its challenges: Natural disaster (after natural disaster, after natural disaster – floods, hurricanes, fires…) Unsettling international activities that reminded me of those old cold-war attack drills (like hiding under…