IDC estimates 35% of the global workforce in manufacturing to be mobile by 2013. An obvious business benefit of a mobile workforce is agility and faster response to market moves.
How does mobility affect the manufacturing industry? Why are we seeing such a positive response towards adoption of mobility from manufacturers globally? Firstly, thanks to mobility, there is a wider reach for the brand leading to brand recognition. Secondly, it helps bring down overtime costs and operation or transportation costs for services and has even helped bring down service inventory. Its role in cutting down paper work and excessive report filing also makes mobility a big hit! With the core idea of improving customer relations, mobile solutions also help streamline operations to increase margins and lower costs.
Mobility has wide applicability in the manufacturing industry. Warehousing, for example, is an aspect that can be greatly simplified through mobile initiatives. It can help manufacturers keep track of inventory both in raw materials stored for assembly form and finished goods awaiting shipment. Manual processes are minimized leading to better management and time savings. Another area where mobility can prove valuable is during the material tracking process. Regulatory and compliance requirements sometimes call for the tracking of parts/materials at any point of time during the actual manufacturing process. Through mobility, this process can be made more cost effective, efficient and accurate. All this needs is a bar code and a smart phone or an IP device.
Mobility has obvious benefits in field sales. Through mobility, sales persons are connected in real-time with the base of operations through integrated mobile voice and data devices. This enables easy and immediate order processing and payments which leads to satisfied customers.
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