Latest trends in Enterprise mobile barcode scanners
Handheld android barcode scanners have been a sought-after tool for logistics operations. These mobile barcode scanners provide accuracy and efficiency in the highly demanding work environment of warehouses. When a warehouse operator is given this mobile barcode scanner, the receiving, put away, picking and delivering operations give real-time visibility to the organization.
The last five years have seen a boom in e-commerce companies who are racing with each other to providing the highest value at the lowest cost to the end consumers to gain loyalty and at the same time become profitable. This highly competitive and fast-changing environment is also driving mobile barcode scanners to provide lower cost and flexible solutions.
Primarily we are seeing two variations in this area which take advantage of fast improvements in mobile phone features. One of the variations is of attaching a high-performance miniature sleek barcode scanner to a smartphone and provide a mobile barcode scanner to the operations persons. This solution also takes care of the problem of android version compatibility of the software development team and the hardware device. The solution of a sleek barcode scanner attached to a Smartphone also enables lower initial investment and the opportunity to upgrade the hardware at minimal cost after a couple of years. A 5.3-inch smartphone with the sleek scanner attached to it may cost around 15000/- while an Industrial mobile barcode scanner costs around 25000/-. Apart from this initial cost, the aftersales service is also much better due to the network of service stations of commercial smartphones. The ROI industrial mobile barcode scanner is not at all attractive compared to the integrated solution of a sleek scanner attached to the smartphone.
Rightosmart is one such product where the industrial-grade sleeve scanner is factory fitted to the latest smartphone such that both the devices are charged through a single charging point and for a user it feels like a single product. Another solution from Dataserve is a universal scanner sleeve with a stretchable rubber attachment that fits any smartphone from 5 inches to a 7-inch phone. This universal scanner sleeve further reduces the initial cost for the enterprise as they can ask their employees to use their phone at the workplace.