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Mobile Apps Reshaping Supply Chain Operations

A research study finds that the move to mobile applications is accelerating in warehousing and supply chain operations.

The study, performed by VDC Research and sponsored  by Ivanti Software, found that 53% of warehouse operations IT decision-makers view their mobility deployments as immature.

As a result,56% of their companies plan to upgrade their existing fleet of mobile devices as their current devices age.

The efficiency and ease of use of more visual and modern user interfaces was cited by one in four respondents as a significant factor in their decision to upgrade.

“Warehouse and DC operations executives are facing immense pressures to operate even more efficiently, reducing errors and fulfilling orders faster,” said David Krebs, Executive Vice President, VDC Research.

“The transition to modern mobile solutions addresses not only their mobile device performance, functionality and fit requirements, but also offers an opportunity to rethink workflows.”

The use handheld, wearable, and other mobile devices has been shown to deliver significant productivity gains, Krebs noted, while providing more agility and speed, especially among younger workers.

But VDC Research found that many organizations continue to rely on computer terminals and legacy software to manage their operations.

Modern mobile solutions will allow warehouse professionals to migrate away from manual processes and paper-based tracking to a more technology-driven approach, the company said.

This can leads to greater efficiencies in inbound and outbound handling, storage, inventory control, “pick and fill” and other critical operations.

The study, performed in August of 2017, included respondents from North America and Europe in multiple industries. The report, “Taking Advantage of Apps and App Modernization in Warehousing,” is available at

Ivanti Software, based in Salt Lake City, UT, provides automation and technology solutions for warehouse and supply chain applications.




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