Considerations on Mobile inventory management

Jan 14, 2020
Considerations on Mobile inventory management

It’s estimated 94 percent of adult Americans use a mobile phone, and smartphone ownership is also growing rapidly around the world. In the modern digital age, people are busier than ever, and are on the go all the time. It goes without saying that we spend a lot of time on our mobile devices. This prompts vendors to offer more services and features to support mobile devices.

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The trend to a transition to a mobile world is very clear, and it’s important for traditional services such as inventory management to not fall behind this mainstream move. Being an early adopter and embracing the mobile trend is important in serving and growing businesses in the digital age. Aside from the obvious mobile trends, adopting a mobile inventory management system is also more economical. Because of high smartphone ownership by adults, in many cases, there are no extra devices needed to be purchased to support mobile inventory management.

Mobile inventory management differs from traditional

One significant difference between a traditional and mobile inventory management system is that traditional inventory management systems are usually implemented to support PC or workstations. Mobile inventory management systems allow users to access the inventory database anywhere via a mobile app or a website portal. One can easily track inventory on the warehouse floor instead of from a workstation located elsewhere. Now, scanning the item using the mobile device to get more information while in the warehouse can let users make better-informed decisions.

A key feature of an inventory management system is order placement. Using a traditional system, inventory restocking is done using manual operations like making a call. With mobile inventory management, an inventory manager can place an order from within a mobile app right there when he or she spots low stock. Another key feature is to search for a product requested by a customer.

Using a mobile app, and being untethered from a workstation, sales staff can help customers check the stock, locate where the product is, and provide other relevant information.

Typical features of a mobile inventory management tool

A mobile inventory management system should have real time inventory data. Authorized users can access the database from anywhere with a mobile device and get accurate real-time information. Real-time data is critical in inventory management since there are shipments constantly moving in and out of a warehouse. For the greatest efficiency and lowest error-rates, and because humans make mistakes, inventory management with barcode scanning is ideal. By removing manual processes, people can scan barcodes to get more information about the item faster and more accurately.

With countless shipments going in and out, there is an enormous amount of paperwork that goes with it. So, it’s also important for these documents to be captured and saved securely for proper inventory management. A good mobile inventory system can access the built-in camera on a smartphone and easily capture necessary documents. Finally, location tracking inside the warehouse is essential. For example, it’s a time-saver to be able to track a particular pallet to its exact location in the warehouse. This is especially useful for managing large warehouses with hundreds of shelves and bins.

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