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Business + Smartphone = Inseparable

Smartphones and consumers have become inseparable. Imagine going to the store without your smartphone. How can you make sure you’re purchasing that purse you’ve been eyeing at the best price possible? Even worse, what happens if you get to the store and find out the boots you wanted to purchase are not in stock and you have no idea where else to purchase them.

So now ask yourself these same questions but instead of being the consumer, put yourself in place of the business. How can businesses and smartphones become inseparable?

Acme Inc. Meet the Smartphone

Consumers have embraced mobile devices for many reasons including research and purchasing of goods. Businesses, such as our friends at the generic business, Acme Inc., could benefit from this growing trend as well. By adopting smartphones, efficiencies will be achieved and doing business will be simplified.

Just think, no more random, misplaced spreadsheets to track inventory, replenish stock in real-time to avoid stock outs and no more missed phone calls. All of this and more can be managed on a smartphone, accessible anytime and anywhere.

Anytime, Anywhere

Yes! You can stay in touch with your customers, suppliers and other supply chain partners even if you’re flying from Hong Kong to New York or lying on a beach in the Bahamas. Happy customers mean more business and thanks to going mobile, any issue can quickly be resolved.

Becoming Inseparable

Businesses and smartphones are increasingly becoming inseparable. One such example is US-based home improvement retailer, Lowe’s which equipped store employees with iPhones loaded with store applications. Instead of using a centralized computer kiosk, employees are able to ring up sales, view competitors’ prices and track inventory without leaving a customer’s side. This has resulted in improving efficiency in customer service and product distribution.

Furthermore, when it comes time to replenish inventory, obtaining price quotes on not only the needed inventory but also the transportation of the needed items can be done via mobile devices as well and best of all in real-time including tracking from origin to destination. How cool is that?

The Future is Mobile

Our friends at the generic company, Acme Inc. finally get it and are excited about adopting mobile for their business. They are the latest in a fast growing trend of business adoption. In fact, Research Company, IDC, forecasts the worldwide smartphone market to reach 1.5 billion units this year, up 11.9% from 2014. By 2019, smartphone volumes are forecasted to reach 2.0 billion units. Meanwhile, PC shipments are in a steady decline. For 2015, 293.1 units are expected, a 4.9% decline from 2014 and by 2019, total worldwide PC units will decline further to 291.4 million.

Further Reads

Mobile technology is rapidly changing. To read more on the latest trends, check out a couple of these articles.

DCs Boost Investment in Mobile Technology to Meet e-Commerce Demands, Survey Shows, DC Velocity, October 16, 2015.

eBay Greater China CEO: Mobile Trend is Now, For Everyone, China Daily, May 29, 2013.

Go Business Mobile

Is your business mobile-ready? If not, perhaps it’s time to think about improving your company’s efficiency and customer satisfaction. Cargobase provides a simple, easy to use app for either android or IOS smartphones that can be used to obtain ad-hoc freight quotes, track movement from origin to destination and perform analytics all from your smartphone – anywhere and at any time. To learn more, visit our website.

Smartphones and consumers have become inseparable. Imagine going to the store without your smartphone. How can you make sure you’re purchasing that purse you’ve been eyeing at the best price possible? Even worse, what happens if you get to the store and find out the boots you wanted to purchase are not in stock and you have no idea where else to purchase them.