Combined with Scandit Smart Data Capture, Samsung Galaxy rugged devices give a boost to automating tedious inventory management processes
There are few more critical business tasks for retailers than managing inventory. When done right, effective inventory management helps reduce costs, avoid the build-up of stagnant inventory, and meet customer needs. As retailers’ inventory needs become more complicated with supply chain pressures, the need for technology to streamline this process has increased.
Barcode scanning and data capture technologies are an integral part of the inventory recording process, and despite its importance, barcode scanning is known to be time-consuming and tedious for store employees. This is one of the main reasons why Scanditthe leader in smart data capture, and Samsung have partnered to merge their complementary technologies and streamline the inventory management process.
Scandit enables smart devices to capture data from barcodes, text, IDs, and objects quickly and accurately using the device’s camera. This enables retailers to increase their productivity and provide retail associates with access to actionable insights into the status of their inventory so they can make more informed decisions with better intelligence. The data entry process, however, was not always so intuitive.
The limits of dedicated scanning technology
Although inventory management technology has evolved from the days when paper and pen were error-prone and labor-intensive, even today’s most prevalent technologies have their limitations. Many stores still manage inventory using a shared set of dedicated scanning devices. These devices can be expensive to purchase, which means they are limited in quantity, forcing store associates to troubleshoot issues offline. This method is prone to human error, which often results in lost stock or other inventory inaccuracies.
Additionally, dedicated playback devices are inflexible when it comes to optimizing workflows. For example, dedicated devices can scan a single barcode, while innovative smart data capture technology scans multiple barcodes on a pallet or shelf at the same time, and even highlights barcodes that have been scanned or displays inventory information on screen through augmented reality overlays.
“Store managers have to deal with a drop in productivity due to the scarcity and lack of flexibility of these dedicated reading devices,” explains Nitin Gupta, Vice President of Partnerships and Customer Success at Scandit. “Without a smart mobile device from which to access store overviews and updated inventory numbers, store employees also find themselves struggling with a lack of information.”
“I remember hearing from one of our major European retail customers that store employees hid from customers for fear of being asked a question they were unable to answer, due to the lack of tools to access the latest information,” Gupta continues. “Another retail customer said that associates often walked 20,000 steps per shift due to the need to walk back and forth to search for information on stationary terminals or even in the store itself. -same “.
According to Gutpa, today’s businesses need solutions that are intuitive, mobile, durable and cost-effective: “That’s one of the reasons we partnered with Samsung years ago, merging the Galaxy rugged devices with Scandit Smart Data Capture technology, to bring improved scanning performance and ergonomics to the market.”
Smart Data Entry Technology Meets Samsung’s Galaxy Devices
Galaxy rugged devices, including the latest Galaxy XCover6 Pro smartphone, are well-suited devices for Scandit to integrate its technology into. On the one hand, rugged Galaxy devices are designed for employees working in cluttered and dusty warehouses and stores, as they are built to withstand drops and are both water and dust resistant.. On the other hand, the devices are designed to be used with gloves, which is common in warehouses, thanks to the increased sensitivity of the screen. Gupta also points to their programmable hard keys which can be used to program the scan via a button on the side of the device: “this makes it incredibly easy for employees to scan a document,” he adds.
Apart from its rugged and durable features, the Galaxy XCover6 Pro is a multi-functional device, giving it added versatility compared to a dedicated digitizer and a single function. “The XCover6 Pro, equipped with Scandit Smart Data Capture solutions, enables associates to perform a number of critical retail and customer-facing workflow tasks, all with the same device. says Gupta. Tasks such as in-store order picking, researching products to answer customer questions, and back-of-store shipping and receiving are some of the essential tasks made possible by Galaxy rugged devices.
Perhaps most compelling for IT admins responsible for deploying company devices is Samsung’s direct Scandit integration with Knox Capture. “Powered by Scandit, Samsung Knox Capture is an out-of-the-box scanning solution that requires no software development, easily transforming a Samsung device into an enterprise-grade scanning device.”
The River Island Streamlining Solution
To illustrate the transformative power of the Samsung and Scandit solution in streamlining operations, Gupta cites the case of fashion retailer River Island.
“Before adopting technology from Samsung and Scandit, River Island only had one scanning tool for each store, requiring up to four employees to share the same device,” adds Gupta. When it became clear that the employee experience and store operations could be improved with newer technology, IT decision makers implemented the Scandit solution.
After making the switch, River Island found that the financial benefits of deploying Samsung smartphones with Scandit technology were so significant that they were able to provide an individual device to each store associate. “Recently equipped with a Galaxy XCover5 smartphone, every store associate can now get real-time point-of-sale information, streamlining operations and improving back-to-front communications.” of the shop “.
Stories like these are just the tip of the iceberg. Samsung and Scandit solutions are used to deliver unparalleled speed, accuracy and intelligence to retailers around the world. In fact, Scandit is trusted by five of the top Fortune 500 brands in the world.
Automation is the new buzzword in industry
Almost a decade has passed since the partnership between Samsung and Scandit was established, but both partners still have a lot to do.
Future business goals include optimizing the use of Galaxy rugged devices in combination with Scandit Smart Data Capture to expand into other industries beyond retail, such as healthcare and manufacturing. . Galaxy rugged devices with intelligent data capture will drive process innovation with advanced capabilities such as ID reading or multiple barcode reading for cycle counting or receiving processes.
“Automation has become the new buzzword across all industries, and our intelligent data capture solutions will enable automation as the demands of our joint customers evolve,” concludes Gupta.