If you operate a warehouse facility in today’s ever-changing and demanding industry, then you are well aware of the new challenges your operation faces. The dynamic nature of the modern warehousing industry is pushing operators not to breaking point but towards reinvention and development. Make sure you are on the right path too.
You Need the Right Computing Power
Running your warehouse at a profit in today’s dynamic market environment, means you are faced with:
- More item-level picking and returns
- Shorter delivery times
- High workforce turnover
What this means in plain English is that your warehouse will be under more pressure to fulfil more or larger orders in less time and with fewer long-term staff.
All of these factors (and many others) form an increasingly complex and competitive operational environment for your warehousing business. The days when having the best set of pallet shelves got you across the line are long gone, although according to warehouse racking specialists Speedrack West, good pallet racking is still one of the make-or-break aspects of any well managed warehouse.
Today’s warehousing industry demands you have the right computing power in play. Both desktop and handheld devices have been heavily engaged in the modern warehouse industry for years now, but what is actually changing?
Out With The Window, In With The Droid!
As of January 1, 2020 Microsoft will discontinue technical and software support for Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded, which happen to be the most widely used systems for warehouse operations. The chances are that your staff are also using handhelds and workstations kitted out with Microsoft products of the above-mentioned variety.
What does that mean for your everyday operations?
Well, unfortunately it means less capacity and decreased security from your Windows legacy devices.
Why can’t you stick to using Windows devices, regardless of changes?
Technically, you could continue running Windows handhelds at your warehouse (ignoring security and performance aspects), but there is one extra reason that should deter you from doing so – hardware support is no longer on the menu either. This simply means that any technical help (hardware and software) for such devices will no longer be available from any authorized entity.
Not to worry though, where there is loss there is also opportunity, and Android has stepped up to fill the void. At the moment, we are all being sold Android as the future of (pretty much all) devices, so it is high time you upgraded your staff’s devices.
Is Android As Safe As Windows For Business Operations?
Apparently so, as a switch to Android will likely even improve your operational security. To date, the folks at Android have demonstrated a pretty good track record of operational device security in its many shapes and forms. Some of them well known ones, like Security Enhanced Linux features (SELinux), user-focused virtual private networks (per-user VPN), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and others. Devices running on Android are developing in terms of security quite fast, in doing so they are also able to quickly meet governmental security protocols, which are revised, updated, and expanded on an annual basis.
In a nutshell, Android-powered devices are engineered and programmed to work and handle modern security issues in a modern operational environment. This alone should be sufficient enough stimulus for you to upgrade your existing network of handhelds at work.
A number of manufacturers have already rolled out complete device families powered by Android, including multiple handhelds. Most new device ecosystems come complete with specially designed portfolios of software, services, and hardware additions to help keep your warehouse running like clockwork.