New Merchandising And Consignment Capabilities For Leopard Delivery Cloud

Leopard Systems are pleased to announce new development updates to their well-established enterprise mobility solution, Leopard Delivery Cloud.

These Leopard Delivery Cloud updates offer, not only couriers and delivery drivers, but all consignment-based distribution networks, much greater flexibility and superior task management.

 1. MERCHANDISING

First, and most relevant to wholesalers and retailers, is the integration of a cutting-edge merchandising subsystem.

In short, Leopard Delivery Cloud will now enhance and streamline activities related to selling on consignment, for both the consignor and consignee. These include:

  • Managing and recording stock orders and stock replenishment, at retail outlets and warehouses
  • Monitoring retail stock changes for seasonal trend adjustments and sales tracking at individual outlets
  • Stock scanning in stores for automatic stocktake and stock reconciliation
  • Adjusting merchandising workflows with useful custom prompts and task checks

In addition to the current Leopard Delivery Cloud’s proof of delivery, proof of pick-up, smart routing, delivery tracking and control centre features – you’ll now be able to;

  1. Restock products on store shelves in real time, on the spot; no pre-ordering and waiting for stock to be delivered, thus resulting in more sales.
  2. Offer dynamic vending services; supply more or new products to retailers when you deliver their regular consignment based on current and changing stock levels in their specific store or customer demands, thus saving time and money.
  3. Collect data at each retail store for future ordering and stock management; send valuable information back to your supply chain operators or modify the product order for the next warehouse pick-up, on the spot.

Without Leopard Delivery Cloud for merchandising, you could be wasting valuable time and losing business.

Without knowing the type and amount of stock selling (or not selling) from consignee outlets, and/or not having real-time details of stock locations in your supply chain, you’re essentially ‘in the dark’ about what is where. Being slow to supply, replenish, modify and retail stock, will result in poor performance compared to wholesalers and retailers who have a robust system for mobilising their merchandising and consignment tasks.

The new Leopard Delivery Cloud merchandising system accurately records product and delivery information, and stock locations, which enables distribution networks to monitor, adjust and control thousands to millions of products delivered to thousands of retail outlets every day.

Plus, the system can now be configured to perform price calculations with discount codes for diverse clients (e.g. based on consignee volumes) or other similar actions, all while integrating with your business software and enterprise resource planning systems such as SAP, JD Edwards, Pronto, JDA or a simple spreadsheet.

With this innovative tool, your delivery person becomes your salesperson during each store interaction, making back and forth ordering, and the inherent delays, a thing of the past.

BETTER MERCHANDISING

Let’s say… you sell bread on consignment to multiple supermarkets. Your delivery van visits a supermarket to replenish the loaves sold. Traditionally, your driver would drop off a fixed standing order of bread and pick up the unsold loaves.

Now, with the new merchandising features of Leopard Delivery Cloud prompting future order information, your driver can modify that supermarket’s standing order from 300 loaves to 400 loaves, because the supermarket sold out of loaves early last week.

Instead of the supermarket waiting for your salesperson to visit and write up a new order, your delivery driver can proactively and promptly adjust the order to increase sales for the bread consignor and consignee.

The power of merchandising with Leopard Delivery Cloud is knowing what’s on the shelves, what’s selling, how fast, then adjusting in near real time to meet customer demand. Which means less waste of perishable products, in this example, and more sales.

Deployed on BYO devices and smartphones, thus reducing the need for internal computing infrastructure, there are enormous CAPEX savings enabled by Leopard Delivery Cloud. Contractors on your delivery and merchandising team using either iOS or Android devices, are happier using a device they’re familiar with, which leads to a more efficient and productive performance.

Completely managed and supported by Leopard Systems, Leopard Delivery Cloud offers a revolutionary OPEX model that allows your fleet user base to expand or contract, and you only pay for the current users of Leopard Delivery Cloud. Scaling up or down in cycles as your market demands is advantageous and extremely cost effective.

 2. TAILORED REPORTS

The next Leopard Delivery Cloud software update includes an enhanced reporting subsystem.

You’ll now enjoy greater flexibility to create your own reports from the web portal Control Centre responsible for collecting and compiling all your delivery jobs and runs. You’ll be able to easily edit how the report is laid out and select what data is complied, plus make changes to your reports within a new user interface.

In short, the update will allow Leopard Delivery Cloud users to make better use of their data. For example, smaller operators who don’t have an integrated business reporting system, can now independently access and analyse their data to improve business outcomes.

Leopard Delivery Cloud is now set to raise the bar on intelligent selling-on-consignment, by harnessing the predictive power of your delivery data for maximum efficiencies.

Leopard Delivery Cloud is now set to raise the bar on intelligent selling-on-consignment, by harnessing the predictive power of your delivery data for maximum efficiencies.

3. FRESH USER INTERFACE

Lastly, the user interface (UI) of Leopard Delivery Cloud has received a complete revamp. As mobile devices and operating systems advance at a rapid pace, the UI of this mobility solution is continuing to evolve with a fresh modern look, upgraded functionality and improved usability.

Now’s the time to leap ahead of your competition. Using Leopard Delivery Cloud technology to anticipate end-consumer needs, collaborate with retail outlets, plus proactively manage stock in both supply chain and stores, will create win-win relationships between consignors and consignees, resulting in lower costs (on staff, non-sellable stock and inventory) and a faster time to market.

Leopard Delivery Cloud is a rapid solution for your merchandising and consignment needs. Offered as a monthly subscription – ranging from Starter to Advanced accounts – plus, you’ll enjoy the ease of cloud-based data management with no restrictive license fees because there’s no major IT infrastructure investment.

 

 

 

Mobile Device Management: When to stop wasting resources & outsource to a cost-effective MDM monitoring service

With the end of financial year fast approaching, now’s the time for Australian enterprises to review their mobile device management (MDM) expenses, resources and capabilities.

Do you know your company’s total spend to manage your enterprise mobility fleet including hidden costs? Do you suffer a loss when it takes too long to resolve an MDM issue? Is your in-house IT or current MDM service adequately equipped – in skills, knowledge and processes – to handle your current MDM demands?

Depending on your MDM complexity, business goals and company resources consumed by MDM, there’ll be a tipping point when it makes more sense (and dollars!) to outsource to a cost-effective proactive MDM monitoring service.

COST vs VALUE

The main reason to use in-house IT for mobile device management is that your IT employment costs are known and steady. Adding MDM monitoring tasks to your IT team’s current workload may help to control costs; particularly if fleet device numbers are low, fleet work is non-critical, and your mobility system is straightforward to troubleshoot and fix issues.

If fleet management distracts your IT team from core business responsibilities, then employing additional staff for MDM may suit.

From a cost versus value perspective, applying in-house resources to MDM raises several matters. Will your IT staff feel under pressure addressing MDM problems they don’t fully understand? Will your IT team fix the problem correctly or use a ‘Band-Aid’ solution with negative flow-on effects? How much did it really cost in lost time, lost data, lost revenue, as well as staff stress and frustration?

The value of outsourcing MDM is in enhancing efficiencies and creating more business, not cutting costs. MDM outsourcing becomes valuable when it reduces your spending on staff recruiting, training, salaries, employee benefits and other hidden costs of staffing.

Plus, an outsourced MDM monitoring service accurately assesses the health of your fleet remotely; with effective 24/7 surveillance detecting issues before they. become larger costly problems.

Outsourcing MDM monitoring is valued when it improves mobility device productivity and increases your service uptime and reliability for improved customer engagement, which in turn, secures your supply-demand with greater recurring revenue.

TIME vs RESPONSIVENESS

Who’ll respond fastest when you need it most? An IT staff member who may know how to solve your MDM issue, but who’s away for the next week? Or a 24/7 contracted MDM monitoring service, available to respond on demand to address your emergency issues?

If your mobility fleet tasks are non-critical and time is not a factor, then in-house IT support or accepting a slower MDM monitoring service may be adequate.

Responsive MDM monitoring service providers will rapidly escalate problem resolution. They’ll offer different levels of technical support based on your budget. On-demand proactive MDM services conduct remote troubleshooting, plus ongoing background monitoring to circumvent potential issues.

With dedicated staff and efficient systems – developed exclusively for fixing MDM issues, performing updates and monitoring the health of your entire fleet – an MDM monitoring service provider is well geared to respond in real time and fast. Thus, saving you time otherwise wasted on; identifying the problem, troubleshooting a solution, and, eventually, fixing the problem.

GENERALIST vs SPECIALIST

Certainly, your in-house IT team have direct access to domestic business intelligence. They have intimate knowledge of your brand, mission and company culture. In-house IT will know your mobility fleet from an insider’s perspective; ideal for mobility systems with a specific company focus on internal workflows and processes.

Yet, as a generalist in IT infrastructure and technical support, is your in-house IT capable of fixing a complex ‘in-field’ mishap, remotely? Even if you train them in specific MDM monitoring skills, will they stay up to date as mobility systems evolve, and remain with your company? Or take the knowledge when they leave?

In comparison, a pay-as-you-go MDM monitoring service has a dedicated specialist team. They support many mobility fleets simultaneously, with similar and contrasting requirements to yours. They have professional MDM hardware and programming experts who know, up to the minute, what’s best for field service delivery and fleet management.

They know exactly what your device reports indicate. They know exactly how to address your alert notifications. In fact, a reliable MDM monitoring service provider may solve and fix your issue, having seen it for another client, before you even know about it.

A flexible technology-driven MDM monitoring service provider draws on the latest technology trends to innovate robust systems that actively maintain a high level of uptime and customer service for clients, and to help develop your ongoing enterprise mobility strategy.

Further, specialist MDM providers have well-established relationships with vendor mobility software developers and third-party device manufacturers. If a complex issue arises it’s far more efficient for the MDM monitoring service to query and troubleshoot the issue alongside the device or application creators.

FIXED vs FLEXIBLE

A dedicated company server is an expensive fixed capital investment for running fleet mobility systems and storing mobility data securely. Yet, mandatory in-house security and control – such as strict protection from third party access, physical in-house location of critical data or internal control of company servers – may warrant this set up. Further, in-house fleet management may offer better insight for how and when a mobility issue will be resolved.

In contrast, outsourcing to an MDM monitoring service typically leverages cloud servers that offer real-time flexibility in multiple ways. Rapid updates can be sent remotely to thousands of devices in the field. Off-site and reciprocal cloud servers back up field data securely and restore systems quickly when something goes amiss, reducing downtime and minimising data losses. MDM monitoring service providers ensure properly configured cybersecurity settings for cloud-based data storage and systems are in place.

With automated device alerts, daily health checks, proactive monitoring and continuous reporting – all enabled by the cloud – MDM monitoring experts are constantly watching to ensure your business data is protected, accessible and safe, and your business operations remain reliable and active for your customers.

 

Ready to move to a pay-as-you-go MDM provider for your fleet?

Compared to a traditional licence-driven MDM service model, there are clear scalability benefits for engaging a pay-as-you-go MDM service offered as a ‘paid connected device’ model.

The flexible payment plan allows you to easily add more devices as your fleet grows, adjust your level of technical service support as your business needs change, and alter your level of performance monitoring and device reporting as your operations require. With minimal start-up costs, the barrier to entry is low, for a feature-rich cost-effective mobile device monitoring service.

Pay-as-you-go MDM services deliver expert professional management and real-time monitoring of thousands of mobile devices simultaneously, so your entire enterprise mobility fleet will be secure, visible and effective at all times and at a fraction of the cost of a licence model service.

Find out more about Leopard Systems’ MDM service offering: LeopardCare Monitoring – a comprehensive, low-cost, feature-rich mobile device managed service with MDM experts monitoring your enterprise mobility fleet while you sleep.

 

Speak to Leopard today about tailoring an MDM monitoring service package to your present and future business needs.

Rapid Mobile Device Deployment: Nationwide 2000 Device Hardware Rollout Delivered In Weeks!

Getting ready for a big mobile device deployment

Who do you engage for mobile device deployment when you’re one of Australia’s largest logistics providers, at a critical expansion phase, coming into the busiest time of the year, needing 2000 new rugged mobile devices deployed fast?

On top of handling large device numbers in short time frames, an experienced hardware partner—who can proficiently manage the entire process without business disruptions—will prove vital to your success.

An established partnership between this national logistics provider and Leopard Systems allowed an innovative hardware solution to be delivered nationwide in record time, achieving their enterprise mobility objectives during peak season.

Yet some companies, without an enterprise mobility solution partner, buy devices that sit idle in warehouses for months…if not years…instead of getting their mobile devices rapidly deployed.

Therefore, we ventured behind the scenes of this unique large-scale enterprise mobility rollout – to highlight the value of partnering with an expert team; from initial hardware advice, through to a fully-functioning nationwide mobility fleet solution.

 

We spoke with Leopard Systems’ Operations Manager, Ben Green, and Systems Engineering Manager, Chris DeLeon, to find out how this important project was successfully delivered by the Leopard team.

Know-how from the start

 

It begins with meeting with the national logistics company to discuss exactly what they need, their equipment options and the project investment.

In short, the project required 2000 new rugged mobile devices for two autonomous business divisions. Additionally, there was a requirement for 3200 charging cradles and as many matching charger cables for the new devices along with the retrofit of 1200 vehicles already in the field.

Applying our deep knowledge of vendor hardware products, extended warranties, connected hardware services and other necessary requirements, Leopard Systems carefully scoped the project and presented the best possible contract and plan to the client. Every effort was made to meet the client’s enterprise mobility requirements, and ensure they had adequate services to address any technical issues and manage updates in the future.

Satisfied with the terms, the client approved Leopard’s proposal. Almost immediately, the equipment was ordered from overseas. The four to six weeks to ship the new equipment to Leopard’s Melbourne distribution and service centre was sufficient time to plan the deployment and prepare the software.

A plan for success

In collaboration with our client, Leopard Systems mapped out all contingencies, process steps, timelines and requirements of the project in detail.

The team determined the necessary services, how the new devices were to be processed through Leopard’s distribution and service centre, what software and peripherals (i.e. cables, sim cards, cradles) were needed, how the devices were to be shipped, where they needed to go, what cables needed to be customised, and so on.

“By scheduling and prioritising everything, we got well organised during the lag time. That’s the key to achieving a rapid large-scale rollout like this one. We know the final delivery date and work back from that providing for all contingencies to ensure we meet our client’s terms”, said Ben.

Such detailed planning reduces unforeseen risks and errors, and ensures a smooth, rapid deployment. In short, every device will reach its designated end-user, ready to go.

Robust software for rugged devices

Concurrently with the planning, the Systems Engineering team managed the production of the final software image for the new devices.

Leveraging Leopard’s proprietary automation technology, the Systems Engineering team compiled all the client’s important software components, device settings, network parameters and system configurations, to create a ‘staging image’ for the new devices prior to rollout.

 

Mobile devices in the staging area for testing

“Our role is highly technical. Although it’s a seemingly simple and efficient process for the client, behind the scenes all our expertise and experience come into play. We’ve been doing this since Leopard began; our technical knowledge guarantees a successful large solution rollout”, said Chris.

Every device detail and software setting were considered. Extra components were included in the staging image to allow future software fixes and updates to be handled remotely via Leopard’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) service. With Leopard’s ongoing support, this fleet of devices will have minimal field errors and negligible downtime.

Software gets the green light

Following the preparatory work, the staging image was put onto several test devices and sent to the client for thorough User Acceptance Testing (UAT).

A strict sign-off process ensures the client is 100% happy with how the software works on an actual device after full testing in their day-to-day operations. Once final client approval is provided, the exact software version is given the green light to be installed on all the devices.

“The new software must be completely tested by the client. The last thing we want is to send out 2000 devices with an error on it, and get 2000 complaints in return! Thankfully, the UAT devices and our approval process prevent this from happening, saving all parties a lot of headaches and concern…”, Ben commented.

All hands on-deck to unpack & process

When 27 pallets of hardware stock arrived at Leopard’s secure storage warehouse, the physical set-up of each device began in earnest. The distribution team unwrapped 20 boxes per pallet, then unpacked 10 devices from each box. Each device was tested for function and loaded.

Using Leopard’s exclusive staging process—installing mobility software, rapidly and accurately, for hundreds of devices per day—the client-approved software image was transferred onto 2000 new devices.

Additionally, an asset number was added to each device at this step, to ensure our client could easily track and manage individual devices in their new fleet.

 

Mobile devices are received, prepped to the customers requirements and then wrapped up ready for delivery direct to the fleets.

And, off they go!

After Leopard’s fast software staging and efficient cable modifications, which was completed in under two weeks, the deployment of this new mobility hardware solution to the field was rapid. Every device, cradle and cable were systematically inspected, tested and checked off before being repacked into boxes for rapid deployment from Leopard’s distribution centre.

Consequently, the client quickly harnessed more business revenue because they could respond to the needs of their market effectively and efficiently with the new hardware solution.

Getting cables ready to go for a mobile device deployment
Getting cables ready to go for a mobile device deployment
Cabling for a mobile device update and deployment

Deploying a box of value

Buying best-fit hardware devices is a key component to a successful enterprise mobility solution. In addition, the software, operating system and correct setting configurations to install are important, as are the technical support staff and in-house expertise to manage a largescale deployment and ongoing device services.

Fortunately, Leopard Systems have over 25+ years’ experience with the roll out and management of large mobility projects – just like this one.  Leopard’s tried-and-tested systems and processes along with the highly skilled and knowledgeable staff, work together to guarantee a successful deployment that’s fast and efficient.

As you’ve discovered, Leopard Systems don’t just ship you a box. They deliver a device that’s packed with value, ready to switch on and work in the field from the moment the box arrives.

 

 

If your company is facing a challenge to get your enterprise mobility solution off the ground, or you need to hasten your device deployment, speak to Australia’s largest enterprise mobility solution provider, Leopard Systems today.

Delivery tracking systems for your ‘Santa success’

Santa has his own delivery tracking system

Since that jolly delivery guy, the elven operation and last-mile reindeer only exist in the minds of excited kids on Christmas eve — is it really possible to transport goods with less stress this Christmas without a delivery tracking system? As a mid-sized transport company, you know all too well that delivering freight at Christmas time, or any peak period, can be anything but magical. Between lost deliveries and unhappy customers, missed pick-ups and angry shippers, wasted time seeking important information and wasted money redelivering parcels and freight, it’s not easy or fun being at the logistics end of ‘Santa’. But there are delivery tracking systems out there that won’t cost a fortune and are easy to get started with.

 

In the lead-up to Christmas in Australia, over 75% of internet users prefer online shopping over traditional shopping(1). Consequently, consumer and service level demand for ‘in full, on time’ deliveries will sky rocket, again. Transport and logistics companies need to be ready, with supply chain visibility, to meet these requirements. In fact, the Australian transport and logistics sector is dominated by businesses who move freight with limited supply chain visibility; restricted by the high cost of complex IT systems(2). To improve business results, suitable generic IT solutions that help businesses monitor supply chain visibility and delivery events in real time, were recommended(2).

 

A delivery tracking system makes proof of delivery easy

JINGLE BELLS (& WHISTLES) NEEDED FOR DELIVERY TRACKING SYSTEMS?

With deliveries from online sales set to boom—yet, many delivery companies find it difficult to make major technology investments like courier tracking systems—a low-cost delivery tracking system makes commercial sense. These businesses could start with an easy-to-use, fast-to-deploy proof of delivery app that resolves the fundamental challenges of supply chain visibility.

 

Logically, delivery companies recruit non-permanent contractors and temp-hire drivers to cover busy peak periods like Christmas. But how do you keep track of outsourced freight runs and ensure your contract drivers perform your deliveries correctly? Is there a way to help your temp drivers reduce the error-prone manual handling of delivery transactions, and simplify how they document completed jobs? If you could track every driver’s pick-ups and deliveries in real time, and record every end-customer’s receiving signature, wouldn’t that delivery tracking system information, alone, help your company better monitor the work done, and know what work you are paying for? Better still, what if your company could enhance your ‘completed run’ supply chain visibility via the very smartphone devices your contract drivers already own? And, what if you could quickly launch this delivery tracking system in a couple of days, not months?

 

PROOF OF DELIVERY APP: A GIFT OUT OF THE BOX

Notably, the Starter account of Leopard Delivery Cloud™ by Leopard Systems includes a run management dashboard (Job Centre) and unlimited mobile-linked driver accounts, straight out of the box. In a nutshell, registered drivers can immediately begin to feed pick-up and delivery information back to the Job Centre via a proof of delivery app on their own smartphone/tablet or a company supplied device.

 

On the road with a delivery tracking system makes it easy for the driver to adhere to procedures

When all in sync, your drivers use the Leopard Delivery Cloud™ app at every pick-up and delivery point. They scan the freight’s barcode, and record the quantity of items and location. Most importantly, your drivers collect the customer’s sign-on-glass Proof of Delivery (POD) or pick-up signature, via their touchscreen, to instantly verify the transaction took place. Back at head-office, the Job Centre allows management to see all the information entered by the drivers in real time and throughout the day. Every night the Job Centre creates spreadsheet reports of your company’s daily run details and collected proof of delivery app information for account management purposes. You can also easily add or disable driver accounts from the Job Centre delivery tracking system.

 

PROOF IN THE ‘SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY’ PUDDING

As is, Leopard Delivery Cloud™ Starter is a solid, low-cost supply chain visibility platform and proof of delivery app that’s quick to set up and straightforward to use. Starter tracks and records essential information for your freight deliveries and pick-ups, in real time. The seemingly simple requirement of POD or Proof of Pick Up, shouldn’t be underestimated in safeguarding your delivery service performance. In short, no-one is left in the dark about where an item is, or who’s responsible for it. What’s more, your drivers follow your company processes, which in turn, informs your performance and payroll obligations, plus promotes greater productivity.

 

The end result of a delivery tracking system - happy customer

The seemingly simple requirement of POD or Proof of Pick Up, shouldn’t be underestimated in safeguarding your delivery service performance. In short, no-one is left in the dark about where an item is, or who’s responsible for it. What’s more, your drivers follow your company processes, which in turn, informs your performance and payroll obligations, plus promotes greater productivity.

 

CELEBRATE THE SAVINGS

Leopard Delivery Cloud™ Starter, as a supply chain visibility platform, harnesses the unparalleled savings of ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD). When your contract drivers use a device they’re familiar with – you save on training costs, delivery tracking systems and hardware purchases. In addition, Leopard Delivery Cloud™ Starter offers an extremely low-cost entry point for a supply chain visibility and logistics platform. With affordable monthly pricing based on the number of drivers linked to your proof of delivery app Starter account, your company can grow and contract your driver numbers in a scalable cost-effective way. This pay-as-you-go service is backed by Leopard System’s email support when you require help; saving you time through better supply chain visibility, as well as avoiding major IT infrastructure, delivery tracking systems development and maintenance costs.

 

Scanning bar codes with delivery tracking system an app

SUCCEED LIKE SANTA

To successfully deliver your goods, minus the traditional Christmas delivery stress, simply request a Starter Registration Form by emailing register@leopardsystems.com.au. Complete and return the form, then you’ll receive your Starter account login. Your account includes your Job Centre, plus multiple smartphone access details for your delivery drivers to install Leopard Delivery Cloud™ on their iOS and Android devices. From there you can get started straight away with your delivery tracking system. Add jobs to your Job Centre. Link drivers to your awaiting jobs list. Your drivers can start delivering your Christmas parcels and freight immediately. Sound good? We hope you enjoy the supply chain visibility benefits of a proof of delivery app that you can set up today. Good luck with your deliveries and Merry Christmas! From all the team at Leopard Systems P.S. We also offer Leopard Delivery Cloud™ as a full-scale enterprise mobility solution. The Starter account can be expanded to an all-inclusive range of capabilities such as turn-by-turn GPS navigation for drivers, real-time GPS map locations of vehicles for head office, real-time job forwarding to drivers, push-to-talk audio communications, OHS & chain of responsibility checks, ERP integration, proof of condition or damage photos, and much more… If your company needs a supply chain visibility solution with more features and more functionality, talk to us today. —–

 

1. ‘Australia B2C E-commerce Report 2016’, Ecommerce Foundation, accessed 23 October 2017,

2. Elphick-Darling, R. et al. ‘Investigating the Potential Benefits of Enhanced End to End Supply Chain Visibility’, Austroads, Research Report AP-R538-17, accessed 23 October 2017.

Using enterprise mobility and data to drive better customer experience

DRIVING LOYALTY:
How can enterprise mobility systems & data
deliver a better customer experience strategy?

In the face of rising customer demands, ever-developing technologies and
copious data, keeping your customers loyal to your brand—by providing a
first-rate customer experience strategy—is key. But how?

A customer experience strategy that leverages enterprise mobility systems and data offers your company a powerful market differentiator; to cultivate satisfied, loyal customers.

Download our white paper on the new digital influences on your customer’s buying behaviour alongside best practice enterprise mobility features to help you maximise your customer experience strategy.

 

Robin’s Zebra Conference Report:  2017 Zebra Technologies APAC Channel Partner Summit

Robin’s Zebra Conference Report: 2017 Zebra Technologies APAC Channel Partner Summit

Leopard Systems Managing Director, Robin  Fowler, jetted off to Japan last month for the Zebra Conference (APAC Channel Partner Summit) to find out what’s new and on the horizon for rugged mobile computer solutions, rugged mobile devices and fleet management.

 Here’s what caught Robin’s attention at the Tokyo Zebra Conference meeting:

Rugged Mobile & Reasonable Entry Point

A game changer in the enterprise mobility space, there are exciting times ahead for companies seeking a cost-effective entry point for their rugged mobile computer fleets. Zebra Technologies have ‘in development’ a compact rugged mobile device that provides all the features and benefits you’d expect from an enterprise-grade rugged mobile device — hard-wearing, beneficial accessories, 3+ years Android security support, integrated barcode scanner and more—but at a fraction of the cost of a typical enterprise-level rugged mobile device.

Taking smartphone consumer-grade devices head-on, or sitting somewhere between traditional BYOD and enterprise-grade mobility hardware, Zebra’s new and robust rugged mobile offering, when released, will create real opportunities for mid-tier tech-savvy companies seeking a low-cost entry point for their rugged mobile investment.

Additionally, larger organisations with an otherwise small rugged mobile resource pool may find this new low-cost alternative – announced at the Zebra conference – a quick and smart return for their capital investment.

For more info on Zebra’s new low-cost rugged mobile computers, get in touch with Leopard today. 

Link-OS Barcode Printers

Zebra’s Link Operating System (Link-OS) delivers an innovative software environment to intelligently power Zebra barcode printers and other Zebra smart rugged mobile devices, with connectivity to the cloud.

This year, at the Zebra conference, the company’s innovators have developed a new version of Link-OS to enable a corresponding new range of barcode printers seamless communication with the cloud and cloud-based applications. Importantly, this solves the pervasive challenge of rugged mobile printer device management faced by many organisations that rely on any sizeable fleet of barcode label printers.

Now, via cloud communication channels, Zebra’s Link-OS barcode printers will be easily updated for software applications, accessed for rugged mobile device management, tracked for asset management purposes, as well as perform logic processing directly from individual printers.

Contact us for further details on Zebra’s Link-OS barcode printers.

Zebra Partner Cloud

Lastly, at this recent Zebra conference, it was revealed that Zebra Technologies is now offering a hosted cloud environment, with all the usual benefits of ‘cloud computing’ systems, but specifically for users of their applications and members of their partner community.

This will provide cloud capabilities for those who haven’t yet moved to similar cloud environments, and who use Zebra systems and support, such as the Link-OS devices mentioned above.

Finding Best-fit Mobility Hardware

Leopard Systems have a long-standing association with Zebra Technologies for hardware and mobile device management systems. The Zebra Conference Partner Summit is a highlight on the Leopard calendar.

Our market-competitive approach to your enterprise mobility hardware procurement and rugged mobile device management will help you make an informed choice on the best-fit, best-priced rugged mobile hardware for your next enterprise mobility project.

Get in touch today to discuss your enterprise mobility needs…