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We’ve been discussing the rising popularity of intelligent automation in today’s warehouses. However, while a vast majority of operations are enhancing teams with multi-functional hardware, many businesses still struggle to use new technologies since well over half of workforces are outsourced and/or cyclical. Outsourcing crucial workflows, such as picking and shipping, creates a challenge in user adoption since new hires must be constantly re-trained, halting productivity and order throughput.

While Android-based devices have been shown to decrease adoption rates through a familiar interface, workers may still face issues when it comes to other core applications such as inventory management, WMS updates, and communication channels. Studies show that almost half of warehouses experience IT breakdowns at least a few days a week, most stemming from:

  • Dropped connectivity
  • Inefficient scan engines
  • Missed software updates
  • Lack of standardization
  • Missed maintenance schedules

To prevent these issues from diminishing the impact of automation efforts, Zebra’s Mobility DNA applications offer an additional level of adaptable intelligence to modernized devices that’s easy to adopt by your changing labor force.

Competitive intelligence is built from the inside out

Designed with simplicity in mind, Zebra’s Mobility DNA apps tackle the pervasive problems of IT breakdowns by:

  1. Securing WiFi connectivity within the four walls – Connectivity is the backbone of unbroken uptime, which is why Zebra’s WorryFree WiFi delivers no-drop WiFi connectivity to protect productivity with near-instant response times.
  2. Integrating intelligent data capture – Digitization eliminates the failures of manual data entry, but applications like SimulScan and DataWedge go a step farther by enabling multiple barcode scanning and instant data transmission for minimized keystrokes and faster throughput.  
  3. Automatic updates and security patches – With the high prevalence of cyberthreats in today’s digital world, companies can no longer compromise on security. Zebra’s LifeGuard works alongside Android’s automatic OS updates with recurring 90-day security patches, extending device lifecycle up to 10 years.
  4. Converting legacy apps without backend modifications – Although touchscreen apps are more conductive for faster adoption, legacy green-screen apps are more familiar to the older workforce and contain a clear workflow layout. That’s where apps like All-Touch Terminal Emulation come in handy in order to convert TE apps right out of the box for immediate use without app rewriting.
  5. Facilitated remote device management – As the workforce grows, so does the need for more devices, which makes device management indispensable. Apps like PowerPrecision held track battery lifespan, virtually eliminating downtime from battery failure.

These are just a few of the benefits Mobility DNA brings. Download the full guide to see more.

Intelligent modernization takes many forms. Create a system that best adapts to your workforce with Avalon. Contact our automation experts for a close evaluation of your current solution to see how you can get started.

With June falling behind, there are less than six months until Microsoft officially stops supporting current Windows Mobile operating systems. Faced with the choice of whether or not to migrate, Zebra’s TC8300 stands as one of Avalon Integration’s many smart solutions in integrating the familiarity of the past into the innovative efficiency the future demands.

Take it to the Max with the Zebra TC8300

Take It to the Max with the TC8300

When it comes to technology, you get what you give, which is why the TC8300 takes functionality, productivity, and connectivity to the maximum capacity by:

  • Seamlessly integrating TE apps with no backend modification required
  • Converting “green screens” into touch-screens whenever you’re ready to upgrade, no coding necessary. 
  • Increasing peripheral performance with new long-range high-speed Bluetooth
  • Effortlessly capturing every barcode with five scan options – from the SE4850 Extended Range scanner to the reliably familiar 1D SE965 wide range scanner.

Combine the “Tried-and-True” with the “New”

Scanning Boxes with the TC8300

Scanning Boxes with the TC8300

Known for their reliably durable technology, Zebra never disappoints when it comes to rugged ergonomics, and the TC8300 is no different. Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and high-impact casing, the device remains at optimal performance in rain, heat, cold, and even after 2,000 consecutive tumbles. Plus, now powered by Zebra’s fortified Android, the TC8300 operates on a secure platform backed by government-grade encryption tailored to your needs. Get the newest security updates and patches designed to handle today’s escalating cybersecurity threats.

Upgrade at Your Own Pace

OS migration should never be rushed. Ease into the future of barcode technology when you upgrade to the TC8300 through the GO Zebra Trade-In Program, and receive $250 in cash rebates when you send up your claim form and legacy device. 

The year isn’t out just yet. Discover new exciting and efficient developments in data capture technology with Avalon Integration. Count on 20 years’ worth of expertise and customer satisfaction when you contact us to integrate the TC8300 and other revolutionary devices into your migration strategy.