Feature Articles

  1. Does HTML5 Make Sense For Mobile Enterprise Applications?

    Web applications were originally considered inappropriate for mobile enterprise applications because of their inability to work offline, and the generally superior performance of native apps that were developed for specific operating systems and mobile devices. HTML5 and the rapidly changing enterprise mobile computing ecosystem are changing that. Now that there are HTML5-based field service, ERP and other enterprise software packages on the market, the growth in BYOD and cloud computing environments is leading more ISVs to create HTML5 applications, and the number of mobile devices with HTML5 browser support is projected to nearly double in 2013.

  2. Operating System Strategy For Mobile Computers

    This paper will discuss the major operating system environments for mobile computers and Intermec’s strategy to serve customer needs with each. The scope of this discussion is limited to operating systems used on handheld computers and does not address strategy for larger form factor devices such as Vehicle Mount computers. This paper is intended as an introduction and overview to the various technologies discussed; many online resources are available for further technical information.

  3. ERP Integration: Time & Attendance On Any Device

    How SaaS-based middleware enables the device-agnostic collection of time and attendance data in virtually any software environment.

  4. Opportunities For Modern Wholesale Distributors To Leverage Technology And Leapfrog The Competition

    Wholesalers have a unique position in the global supply chain, acting as intermediaries in the movement of goods between manufacturers and a variety of downstream customers, including resellers, other manufacturers, retailers, other businesses (B2B), restaurants, and even other distributors.

  5. ERP, WFM, And Time Clocks: Critical Integration

    Retailers are increasingly searching for single platform applications that incorporate their enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human capital management (HCM) requirements into a unified environment. Many retailers grapple with separate application suites that don’t talk to each other. Their accounting, supply chain, inventory, and POS management functions are isolated from their talent, compensation, scheduling, employee benefits, and workforce management systems.

  6. Five Reasons Why RFID Is Ready For Prime Time

    It’s been more than 10 years since the term “RFID” burst into the public lexicon, and in those early days, the word “hype” was truly an understatement. Every technology company or services provider suddenly realized they were an RFID company, providing an integral piece of the RFID value proposition. “RFID experts” crawled out of the woodwork — presenting at every conference on how RFID would change the world.

  7. Advantages Of Rugged Devices For The Manufacturing Workplace

    Randy Helm of Motorola Solutions lists three key factors manufacturers must consider when deciding between rugged or consumer devices for their workers.

  8. JCPenney Turnaround Tied To Online Sales And Inventory Refresh

    Following JCPenney’s third quarter financial results, CEO Myron Ullman seems optimistic about the turnaround effort that’s been underway for the past year or so. He says, “We’re making significant strides toward restoring JCPenney to its rightful place in retail… It’s hard work with no quick fixes, but our team’s rising to the challenge, and our customers tell us they love the progress we’re making.” It’s happening slowly, but JCPenney is beginning to see positive sales momentum, reporting slightly increased comp store sales. For the quarter, the comp sales improved by 710 basis points, reflecting sequential improvement in each of the three months in Q3’13. Similarly, the company reported positive comps in October, a huge achievement for the retailer, as it had been nearly two years since the company had seen such increases.

  9. The XYZ’s Of BYOD

    Everyone knows the ABCs of BYOD – but it’s the details that matter.

  10. Vendor Compliance 104: Advancements In Vendor Compliance

    As discussed in previous articles, retailers have used vendor compliance programs since the 1980’s to reduce supply chain variability, normalize receiving operations and highlight areas of opportunity in all aspects of the retail supply chain.  Even now, after more than thirty years of vendor compliance programs, many retailers still consider vendor compliance programs to be about shipping and logistical compliance.