The modern warehouse is changing
04 October 2019
With the advance of online sales and more retail sales moving to the internet more item-level picking and returns will be inevitable, says Bar Code Data.
An unprecedented amount of complexity, demands for shorter delivery times, high workforce turnover. All these factors are putting you under greater pressure to fulfil more orders in less time with fewer long-term employees. That's the new reality of warehousing.
On top of that, we cannot afford to, ignore what's going to happen after January 1, 2020, Microsoft is ending its extended support of Windows Embedded and Mobile operating systems, and this means more security risks and diminishing capabilities from your legacy Windows devices.
How well you adapt to these forces depends on how quickly you migrate to modern mobile devices, with Android is the path to faster, leaner operations.
You may be wondering why you should upgrade your devices right now? Online orders will only continue to escalate, as delivery times shorten and labour forces remain volatile.
You're going to keep pace with new demands and keep devices secure, upgrade the devices workers use day in and day out.
Some parts such as chips are no longer being made on legacy Windows devices. If the manufacturer runs out of stock, then you'll be forced to retire the device. That can disrupt your daily operations. As well as continuity of parts, new devices bring better battery performance and productivity gains thanks to intuitive user interfaces on new form factors.
You may also ask is Android "Safe" for Enterprise? Android has demonstrated a history of incremental security enhancements, such as NSA "Security Enhanced" (SELinux) features, per-user VPNs, Address Space Layout, and Randomisation (ASLR), etc.
Android OS is meeting regulatory security certifications in multiple verticals, including retail via PCI DSS, healthcare's HIPAA and government's FIPS 140-2. Put simply - Modern devices are designed to handle modern day threats all with google backing.
Zebra’s LifeGuard for Android software solution extends the lifecycle of Zebra Android enterprise mobile computers. Consumer OS security support ends after 36 months, well short of the 5+ years of service life that you require. LifeGuard adds years of OS security support after consumer support stops to match the enterprise hardware lifecycle, helping your business significantly lower total cost of ownership.
What to do next you should equip your warehouse with the leading enterprise warehouse devices - Zebra is a market leader in this space and offer a comprehensive, industry-leading feature ready warehouse portfolio, providing all the hardware, software and services needed to successfully modernise your operations. Choose from the widest array of Zebra rugged devices such as, Handheld, Vehicle & Wearable Computers, Tablets, Scanners and Printers.
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