Smartphones Find Niche in Supply Chain Management

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Tam Harbert
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Re: Smartphones + Supply Chain = Perfect Match
Tam Harbert   5/10/2011 10:39:06 AM
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I agree that smart phones will not replace bar code scanners, but I do think that they will be used more and more in the supply chain. It's a matter of what's at hand, so to speak. If a mobile phone is in your pocket and a bar code scanner is not, and you are not scanning a huge number of items, then it makes sense to use the phone. Smart phones will be used to do things in small volumes.  They won't replace bar code scanners and other supply chain equipment and applications for large-volume transactions.

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saranyatil   5/8/2011 12:59:52 PM
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Smart phones are having super powers, and at the same time Supply chain is highly complicated so smart phones are highly needed to support the function in different ways.

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t.alex   5/2/2011 10:27:17 AM
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I have seen common use of smart-phones to take photos of what have been discussed on the board, insteading of jotting down the whole meeting minutes.

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bar code scanner.... then it can scan credit card also
SP   4/30/2011 11:54:58 PM
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Found this article interesting. Smart phone helping supply chain? yes, great.

a phone reading barcode! If a phone can scan bar code and update details then nobody can stop it from reading a credit card using a new app and completing the supply chain's transactions on the spot. just a thought. we never know what happens tomorrow.

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hwong   4/30/2011 10:42:08 PM
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Taimoorz: there are already alot of supply chain apps that does exactly what you described. For example IBM acquired the ilog company which has dashboards and optimization tool for determining what and where and when and how much to replenish. Also there is a network diagram for showing how to route deliveries.

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Smart Phones in Healthcare
Ms. Daisy   4/30/2011 10:11:50 PM
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It is wonderful to have the smartphone for personal use and business.  It is not only the electronic supply chain that is benifiting from the smart phone technology. It is gaining grounds in healthcare services for general "tele-care" of different types. It is helping increase access to services in real time while decreasing the drive time by patients.

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Backorder   4/29/2011 1:38:08 PM
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I agree. The scanning/camera phone features will never be the optimum fit for standard supply chain tasks. Plus, there is always a line that would separate the company equipment/machines from the personal ones. And, even though some might argue that software could take care of that, I still feel it is much easier to just hand over a scanner than logging out and into through your personal use smartphone for a work related task. Again, simply replacing the targeted machines with general purpose smartphones wouldnt make any sense.

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Jay_Bond   4/29/2011 7:24:21 AM
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Smartphone’s are a very useful tool that is gaining popularity throughout the working world. Many businesses are now realizing these tools are no longer just for the executives. Though the cost of these phones is expensive on the front end, the cost is more than justified. If companies can make a deal with the providers to have a large amount of phones on one business contract, the cost is not prohibitive.

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tirlapur   4/29/2011 1:59:56 AM
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Right now smartphone are expensive and they are relatively slow compared to the conventional barcode scanners. The scenario might change soon because prices of smartphones are falling significantly. I feel one significant advantage of using smartphones is it can be used to scan "QR codes" as well. I am not sure if QR code will replace barcode, but the fact is smartphones can be used to scan different codes just by changing the app.

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Parser   4/28/2011 10:00:19 PM
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Yes, this is a great idea. Some opponents may speculate that smart phones are too expensive for this purpose but I don’t think so. Let say for small companies 10 to 50 people buying separate equipment could be more expensive. With a customizable app for logistics would solve many problems. We could look at other sides of a business – print scanners to pdf, pictures and pdfs annotations, incoming inspection and documentation, stock parts transactions and this list can be really long. In some ways this could be done by iPad/tablet possibly in a better way thanks to larger display. I can see that iPad/tables will start compete with features of smart phones.


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