Over the past few years, mobile apps have slowly been integrated into the warehouse environment and are now an indispensable part of inventory management.
Because mobile apps make life easier.
No longer does a warehouse manager or worker have to be tied to a desktop computer to manage the inventory. Having a mobile-friendly tracking tool in the palm of their hands is liberating staff to be more active and mobile in the field while still keeping a close eye on activities in the warehouse.
If you are thinking of the most beneficial ways to utilize mobile apps in your warehouse operations, here are few scenarios that help make inventory management easier…
Managing Inventory in the Field
Having the ability to check on inventory levels while you are away from the office is tremendously helpful, especially when you have assets and inventory in use in the field such as on job sites or client sites.
If there isn’t a way for employees to track the inventory they use in the field then there is higher possibility that this inventory will never be accounted for.
A mobile app on a smartphone or tablet makes this possible and gives you real-time information on inventory levels. This is a critical piece of information for any business.
Imagine that every time employees use a piece of inventory in the field, they can immediately take their phone from their pocket and record their inventory transaction by scanning the bar code of the item being used, and then entering a few key pieces of necessary data.
That’s it. The inventory levels are immediately updated. Simple, efficient, and makes perfect sense.
Saving Time on Asset Audits and Inventory Counts
One effective way to streamline asset and inventory measurement is through the use of mobile apps. If a company has a large inventory stock at multiple locations and customer work sites then performing manual audits can be arduous, time-consuming, and stressful.
Accounting for all assets, especially ones that are lost, damaged or obsolete, can be simplified with the use of mobile apps.
These audits are vital for your business when there is no room for errors and discrepancies.
Mobile apps make this audit process much easier.
Employees simply scan the assets and inventory found in their work location with their smartphone, and this information is then submitted to a server for collection and review.
The process takes only a few minutes out of a work day and frees up an enormous amount of time and money that is usually dedicated to regular audits.
Accessing Data on the Run
Whether you are a warehouse manager tracking inventory and warehouse productivity, a purchaser accessing data to replace a damaged asset, or a technician requiring equipment specifications on an inventory part in the field, having access to portable inventory data is essential for company’s success.
At the touch of their fingertips, warehouse staff have instant access to a digital database of all inventory stock, assets, and information they need to carry out their roles. As a result, the workflow becomes that much easier, efficient, and productive.
Mobile apps make this possible, and are quite literally transforming the way business is carried out both in the warehouse and in the field.