GBSI Mobile Apps Boost Warehouse Productivity

— November 16, 2012

Inventory Transfer and Purchase Order Receiving are two of the newest apps to join the GBSI Library of Mobilize-IT enterprise applications for smartphones and tablets. These apps boost productivity by helping warehouse workers stay connected to backend business systems while collecting inventory information and receiving items in real time.

Inventory Transfer offers shop floor and warehouse workers a way to easily move and track inventory from one bin location to another or from one warehouse to another. Using the easy to read screen, the material handler can view what needs to be put away and identify an item's home bin location, as well as other locations if needed to consolidate inventory for more efficient storage.

Purchase Order Receiving allows items with product data such as lot, batch and quantities to be recorded with on-line validation to match supplier-shipment information. Purchase Orders can be searched by P.O. number, vendor name or part number and assigned to a location during receipt. The receiving function, which traditionally had been managed by RF scanners or paper, can now be accomplished using smartphones and tablets with optional bar code scanning or voice recognition to provide a more robust and superior user experience.

These apps are part of a growing library of Mobilize-IT apps such as Quality Inspection Capture (QIC) which supports dimensional test results designed to support PPAP reporting and make collecting sample measurements quick and paperless, and Inventory Count which supports both system directed cycle counting and system or user directed physical counting.

Additional apps such as Labor Reporting, Incoming Inspection and Order Picking are planned for the first quarter of 2013.

The apps are designed for devices with an Android operating system; Inventory Count is also available on Apple iOS with iOS versions for the other apps available soon.

The Mobilize-IT system incorporates native applications that leverage device capabilities, improve efficiency and boost productivity. The Mobilize-IT virtual server can run on most operating systems and provides an application server without expensive 3rd party licensing. The middleware server cost-effectively integrates enterprise data, deploys and manages Mobilize-IT apps and updates business processes faster. Mobilize-IT apps feature lifetime product updates.


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