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Benefits of Android for warehouse management

October 23th, 2019

Digitization of warehousing operations is today rapidly becoming necessary for businesses not only to improve efficiency but also to stay competitive. With the advent of digital commerce and modern technology-enabled enterprises, there is an increased need for the warehouses to be smart, intelligent, and automated. 

Retail warehousing is one of the most exciting areas of digital transformation. Retailers are applying consumer-generated data through online platforms, in-store technology, POS, and other analytics capabilities to optimize warehouse efficiency. As an integral part of the retail and manufacturing ecosystem, warehouses also need to scale up to meet market demands for increased operational efficiency and deliver fast time-to-value. The future lies in digitized warehousing, and those enterprises who have harnessed warehouse automation will have the upper hand. 

A couple of significant trends has a massive impact on the digital transformation of warehouse operations. 

Internet of Things 

About a trillion devices are forecasted to be connected to the internet by 2025, and these smart connected devices will open the window to a host of applications from tracking the real-time location of assets, gathering critical conditional parameters, improving warehouse security, automating processes, and so on. The IoT will largely eliminate manual intervention and make warehouse management seamless. 

Mobility 

Like most sectors, warehouses and distribution centres can tremendously benefit from greater adoption of mobility in their operations. The evolution from desktops to smartphones has been a significant shift in warehousing operations. Smartphone apps can optimize movements, picking, packing, and loading operations. Stock and inventory can be tracked and displayed through dashboards and reports, controlled remotely. With integrated systems, communication is streamlined, which increases efficiency and prevents data being overlooked.  

Android for Enterprise 

The "one architecture" concept is not new but is gaining renewed importance in the mobile world. Each device (phone, tablets, point-of-sale systems, and kiosks) has traditionally been looked at as a standalone entity. However, it is possible to align them to the same OS and management platform architecture. When apps can run on any device regardless of form factor, and all enterprise devices can be managed as a coherent digital fabric rather than a mishmash of disparate systems, you can realize a high cost and complexity reduction. 

The popularity of Android's ARM architecture for industrial applications has resulted in a glut of cheap and configurable ARM-based systems. Regrettably, however, most are unreliable and perform poorly. In fact, only a handful of devices in the world deliver a consumer-grade, high-performance architecture in an enterprise-ready device.  

Elo is one of a few companies dedicated to solving this technology gap for enterprises. Built on high-performance Qualcomm® SnapDragon™ processors, Elo's devices deliver impressive computing and graphics performance — while simultaneously supporting the peripherals used by complex enterprises. 

While consumers may continually upgrade their mobile devices, businesses need more longevity from their hardware. Making deployments across multiple versions of hardware and operating systems can be challenging and expensive. This is why Elo follows a balanced approach to product roadmaps, delivering longevity (and security) for enterprise deployments. 

Mobile architecture for fixed devices is a new framework the IT leader's use. With advantages in speed, cost, and reliability, many IT teams will find that pushing themselves to the mobile edge will result in a more efficient solution that better aligns with the expectations of their customers. 




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