How to Improve Warehouse Operations by Giving Forklift Operators a True Mobile Office Experience
Forklifts in modern warehouse operations have evolved from just being single purpose vehicles that move product from place to place, to true mobile offices. With advanced mobile computers and tablets, forklift operators have access to all of the data, information, and tools that they need for distribution operations.
Warehouses can enable this type of mobile office experience for warehouse operations using a single computing platform, along with advanced software and and rugged printers. Miles Data offers a full suite of hardware and software to create a mobile office in a forklift.
Advanced Tablet Computing: The Zebra ET5X tablet series of computers offers easy, intuitive data entry via a device that is designed to withstand the rigors of warehouse operations. These tablets are also powerful enough to run business-critical applications while keeping up with the type of fast-paced environment found in the typical warehouse or distribution center.
A rugged tablet also provides the flexibility to use the device both on and off the forklift – drivers can take the computer with them if they have to tend to off-vehicle receipt, picking, or put-away activities. Tablets can also be connected to a keyboard that is mounted on the forklift to offer more of a “desk on a forklift” experience. Because rugged tablets support both Windows 10 and Android, drivers can access office email and other business systems that previously might have necessitated a trip to use a shared desktop computer.
Reliable Mobile Printing: The ET5X tablets can be paired with a Zebra QLn420 printer, a mobile barcode printer for labeling and receipt printing. These printers provide fast processing and performance, and can save warehouse workers time and energy by allowing them to print wherever they are, rather than walking back and forth to a central office.
The printers also come with a range of accessories to increase their portability, and are durable enough for use in warehouse operations and on a fork truck.
Comprehensive Connectivity Communications: Finally, the Zebra Workforce Connect platform can connect the warehouse worker to corporate voice systems providing for connected warehouse communications that can speed up warehouse operations. With Workforce Connect, warehouses can integrate all of their voice and data communications into one multi-functional mobile computer that allows you to do it all.
In addition, forklift drivers can use a single device to connect to team members via messaging, push-to-talk functionality or full VoIP phone support thru the company’s central phone/PBX system.
Employees don’t have to juggle separate devices (tablets, phones, radios) to communicate with each other or managers. They can also more easily communicate both one-to-one and one-to-many, so important information can be rapidly disseminated across the entire organization. That makes it easier to collaborate and improves productivity.
Enhance Warehouse Operations with Mobile Technology
By leveraging the latest tablet, mobile printing, and connectivity technologies, your enterprise can provide connected systems and communications that previously were not available to forklift operators. Investing in these technologies also promotes optimal warehouse operations as well as greater accuracy in your order management processes.
Mobile office technology on the forklift will help you develop a productive and connected warehouse staff who can do their jobs faster with less manual record-keeping. Mobile technology also saves precious time and money, freeing up resources and attention that can help you better focus on your core competencies and the future of your business.
With the right technology, you can transform your fleet of forklifts into a network of connected “mobile offices” that can enable improvements throughout your warehouse.
Contact Miles Data to learn more about building a new platform of mobility that provides optimal efficiencies and productivity to your warehouse operations.