Helping you make the right mobile device choice
Most workers today need a mobile device to get the job done.
And nowhere is that more true than in the logistics sector, where your workforce may be scattered across warehouses, depots – and out of the road making deliveries and collections.
Your choice of mobile device though could have a big impact on the return on investment (ROI) you can expect from your mobility strategy.
Given the wrong device, users can quickly become frustrated.
Productivity levels start to decrease, while costs begin to rise.
The wrong kind of device can even introduce potential safety risks to the workplace.
But with the right device strategy in place?
The opportunities for greater productivity, efficiency and accuracy can only increase.
Your mobile device strategy
There are three clear options available to businesses when it comes to selecting mobile devices and implementing a mobility strategy:
- Enterprise devices – A fleet of handheld personal mobile computers, purpose-built for the logistics environment. Enterprise features like built-in scanning, advanced battery and connectivity, and serious ruggedisation make these devices best-in-class for the workplace.
- Consumer devices – Many workplace applications (including the Stream Go mobile driver app and the Stream Check driver daily walkaround checks app) will work on less expensive consumer smartphones
- BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – Allowing users to provide their own devices may also be an option in some environments – particularly for occasional workers or subcontractors
While consumer devices appear to be a low-cost option – and a BYOD strategy even more so – you should consider the TCO (total cost of ownership) of any your device strategy, in order to properly evaluate it.
Equally, pure cost shouldn’t be the only driver. Your device strategy has to be able to properly meet your business needs.
Enterprise devices may deliver the best overall value.
You need to consider how your mobile device strategy will holistically support every aspect of your business’ mobility strategy.
Selecting the right mobile device
In his whitepaper from Zebra Technologies, you’ll walk through the process of mobile device selection.
First, the whitepaper examines all three options for your device strategy, the differences between them, and the impact those differences can have on performance, productivity and cost.
Your critical criteria
In order to select the right device strategy, you have to have a good understanding of your specific needs.
Different workers and different environments require different things from the mobile devices they use.
The whitepaper outlines some of the criteria that may apply to your workplace and evaluates how well enterprise, consumer and BYOD device strategies can meet each of those criteria.
The criteria that are important for might include:
- Full-shift battery power
- Business-class power management accessories
- Wireless network connectivity
- Enterprise scanning performance
- Voice communications flexibility
- Lifecycle management
- Support services
Ultimately, the truth is in the numbers.
While at first glance consumer-class devices may appear to be a lower-cost approach, they typically come at a premium. When you sit down and do the maths, consumer-grade mobile devices and BYOD programs aren’t always the most efficient and effective solution for your business.
Download the whitepaper to explore your options – and make an informed decision – when it comes to selecting the right mobile device:
The right mobile device for your business
Zebra Technologies offer a range of devices to suit your budget and technological requirements.
Zebra devices are built to be durable. Many of the devices are waterproof and can survive a 5-foot drop onto concrete, with shatter- and scratch- proof display (thanks to Gorilla Glass screens) and replaceable battery packs that can give up to 14 hours life. The devices also come with an optional five- or three- year no-quibble replacement warranty.