Hypothesis: iPads Offer a Comparative Advantage over Older WMS Interfaces
Why not use iPads in place of forklift mounted computers and/or handheld computer scanners to improve operations and create savings? That question is being answered through a pilot project at All-Can to use the most up to date tablet technology for warehousing functions.
Historically, on board forklift computer terminals, large and bulky gun shaped bar code scanners and other types of warehouse communication tools used at the floor level all have been expensive and limited gadgets.
For example , it is common to spend up to $7,000 for an onboard forklift computer terminal or more than $2,000 for a quality scanning gun capable of showing on screen WMS functions and instructions.
The Many Benefits of iPads
Rick Belanger, President of All-Can has often wondered how other needs can be met as well within the warehouse environment. “Internal communications and other direct contact with co-workers has been time consuming and expensive until now. Using iPads, workers can now face time with the office to have questions answered either within the building or even back to head office. Eliminating the walk time to the office to get answers is a huge time saver. What about now giving all employees on the floor direct access to the company intranet or CRM software so that customer SOP’s can be looked up conveniently right from the iPad at any time or place in the warehouse or even submitting a note or identified problem to the sales team directly from the warehouse floor.”
Time sheets can be filled out on the iPad and then managed by supervisors for accuracy on the cloud and then once approved can be picked up on the cloud by the payroll department for processing pay checks for employees.
“We are embracing technology advancements and we believe strongly that we must always be striving to discover ways creatively use the technologies of today as they evolve and become available for use in business.”
“This not only proves to our employees that we want to be state of the art, but we also want to be ever attractive to the new employees looking to work or us. These are simply common sense ideas that make us better and more efficient, therefore cost effective for our customers.”