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Imagine one day being able to offer same-day delivery across the country, from California to New York. For many transportation and logistics teams, this imagination has become a nightmarish reality. While fast delivery timeframes can bolster customer loyalty, last mile delivery is still considered the most inefficient step of the whole supply chain for over half of T&L companies. Inefficiency often stems from:

  • Lack of status visibility
  • Fluctuating labor and fuel costs
  • Inadequate delivery routing
  • Sudden changes such as vehicle breakdowns, product shortages, etc.

Studies show that 49% of global T&L companies cite outdated technology as a common factor hindering last mile efficiency, resulting in delays, missed sales, and lost customers. As a result. Over 58% of field operations see mobility investment as a top priority, yet when it comes to field services, durability must extend beyond design.

Assessing functional durability in your field-ready devices

Field teams have little time or money for additional repair expenses and slowed processing power, which is why suitable enterprise-grade technologies should incorporate the following strengths.

  1. Secured data storage – Filed teams must be able to access data remotely which means durable cybersecurity is crucial to maintain accessibility without risking breaches. Unlike Windows Mobile, Android for Enterprise equips mobile devices with government-grade protection and recurring security patches to prevent leaks.
  2. Long-range connectivity – High speed connectivity and flexible network options allow teams to remain connected to the rest of the supply chain while on the road. Zebra’s Workforce Connect bypasses the need for additional telecom services, enabling two-way communication and messaging via your enterprise device.
  3. Real-time status insight – Because more customers expect to track orders in near real-time, tracking technologies such as RFID locationing have become popular to pinpoint location of in-transit orders.
  4. Ultra-rugged design – Lastly, mobile devices must continue to be rugged, handling drops, dust, exposure to heat and cold, humidity and scratches without affecting performance. Devices such as Zebra’s Rugged Tablets exemplify superior durability by adapting to various different environments without compromising productivity.

As a Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Avalon empowers field teams with purpose-built field-ready technologies through the GO Zebra Trade-In Program. Upgrade your mobile device from any manufacturer before December 31st and get cash rebates up to $250 per handheld device towards your upgrade. Simply…

  1. Buy your new mobile device
  2. Turn in your reclaim form
  3. Trade in outdated devices for cash rebates

Download the program details for the full list of eligible devices.

Empower your field teams with mobility solutions built to thrive in the last mile and beyond. Contact Avalon today for a free assessment of your mobile devices to get started.

 

 

As 2020 draws near, the talk of OS migration will only become more urgent. Without OS updates and security patches, companies currently relying on Windows Mobile may face the risk of frequent crashes and breeches. Because careful strategy is key to a successful migration, Avalon Integration advises starting now. The first step is selecting a new OS. It comes to no surprise that we stand with Zebra Technologies in recommending Android as the wisest choice.

Currently powering over 80% of consumer and enterprise devices, Android provides a flexible ecosystem that allows the integration of future necessary applications, OS updates, and security patches. However, because it also serves consumer-grade devices, companies may still be skeptical, especially when compared to other popular systems such as iOS.

Fortified Android Fit Engineered by the Experts in Rugged Technology

TC8300 using Android to scan a box in a warehouse

To prepare Android for the industry’s tough demands, Zebra has developed Mobility Extensions Mx – a fortified Android fit for protecting the high influx common in enterprise-grade devices. Paired with the OS’s natural adaptability and familiarity, Mx makes Android the industry-ready OS perfect for any company, with benefits absent from Android’s standard version.

  • Tailored locks block off features, creating a single-purpose device to ensure continued productivity regardless user’s clearance level. 
  • Government-grade encryption, AES 256 provides high-level security, meeting numerous industry requirements.
  • Various encryption levels permit for flexible security options without compromising device performance
  • Centrally managed encryption allows for simple SD card removal and replacement.
  • New security patches are readily available through Zebra’s internal response team.
  • Silent updates do not require user authorization to be installed
  • Automatic updates maintain a seamless workflow

DS3608 Android scanning a barcode for Enterprise OS

Pre-installed in all Zebra’s handheld devices, Mx erases extra installation and maintenance cost while giving you dependable and flexible security with minimal interference.

When choosing your new operating system, choose one that enhances your devices’ security, expands control, and boosts assets. Speak with us today to learn how Mx can protect your devices and to start a successful strategy for your migration.