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Expand Frontline Workers' Power This Holiday Season with Rugged Tablets

Retailers across the globe are being challenged to navigate a supply chain upheaval and persistent labor shortage while preparing for record-breaking holiday sales. Many are turning to technology to help them get more work done faster by investing in new tools and applications to expand the frontline worker's power. Whether it's e-commerce, in-store, or supply chain operations, rugged tablets are standing by to answer the call.

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Worth the Weight? Saving on Shipping Costs Begins with Accurate Dimensioning

Whether you ship orders directly from a distribution center or use a third-party logistics partner, you will likely encounter dimensional weight (commonly referred to as (DIM weight), a major factor in determining shipping costs.

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xTablet T1190 Reviewed by RuggedPCReview

Tablets and smartphones have revolutionized the way we use computers. In terms of numbers, about 165 million tablets were sold worldwide in 2020, compared to about 220 million laptops and about 1.35 billion smartphones. Huge numbers, all.

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MobileDemand Announces New VP of Sales, Scott Medford, Respected Industry Veteran

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA -- Oct. 4, 2021 -- MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets and mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, is proud to announce the appointment of its new VP of Sales, Scott Medford. In this role Medford will be responsible for worldwide direct and channel sales of all MobileDemand rugged xTablet and xCase products and services.

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Innovative Minds Scholarship: 2021 Winners Announced

MobileDemand is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Innovative Minds Scholarship: Alyssa Doyle of Texas Christian University and Nicholas Currant of The University of Iowa. The scholarship was created to help celebrate and encourage the spirit of innovation. Selected based on their academic accomplishments, exemplary leadership, and participation in school and community activities, each recipient will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

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Expand Frontline Workers' Power This Holiday Season with Rugged Tablets

Retailers across the globe are being challenged to navigate a supply chain upheaval and persistent labor shortage while preparing for record-breaking holiday sales. Many are turning to technology to help them get more work done faster by investing in new tools and applications to expand the frontline worker's power. Whether it's e-commerce, in-store, or supply chain operations, rugged tablets are standing by to answer the call.

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Texas Cooperative Inspection Program Increases Accuracy, Improves Costs, and Reduces Inspection Time with the xTablet T1180

The Texas Cooperative Inspection Program is a Federal-State Cooperative Program of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service created to conduct grading and standardization inspections of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and peanuts in Texas. TCIP has been a loyal MobileDemand customer since 2017, first deploying the entry-level Flex 10A devices. As their technology needs evolved, they switched to the ultra-rugged xTablet T1150, and now deploy the T1180.

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Worth the Weight? Saving on Shipping Costs Begins with Accurate Dimensioning

Whether you ship orders directly from a distribution center or use a third-party logistics partner, you will likely encounter dimensional weight (commonly referred to as (DIM weight), a major factor in determining shipping costs.

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Rugged Tablets Aid in Food Safety Compliance for Convenience Stores

In recent years, convenience stores (C-stores) have shifted focus to the development of foodservice, now the second largest contributor to in-store sales.* C-stores are transitioning heavily from pre-packaged foods and drinks to full menus of foodservice products, fresh produce, and more. This significant increase in the variety of foodservice options has brought attention to the food safety practices of C-stores. Many aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act do not apply to C-stores, however this legislation has put pressure on the stores to implement preventive controls rather than reactive processes.

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Microsoft Designed for Surface Certification: What is it and Why is it Important?

MobileDemand's Surface® Pro and Go Case, with first-to-market rugged, integrated scanner and MSR, have recently been certified by Microsoft's Designed for Surface (DfS) program. But what does this certification actually mean and why is it important?

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xTablet T1190 Reviewed by RuggedPCReview

Tablets and smartphones have revolutionized the way we use computers. In terms of numbers, about 165 million tablets were sold worldwide in 2020, compared to about 220 million laptops and about 1.35 billion smartphones. Huge numbers, all.

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MobileDemand Announces New VP of Sales, Scott Medford, Respected Industry Veteran

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA -- Oct. 4, 2021 -- MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets and mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, is proud to announce the appointment of its new VP of Sales, Scott Medford. In this role Medford will be responsible for worldwide direct and channel sales of all MobileDemand rugged xTablet and xCase products and services.

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RLS Logistics modernizes operations, elevates productivity, and reduces costs with rugged xCase for Surface Go

RLS Logistics is a family-owned New Jersey based third-party logistics company with nationwide satellite cold storage warehouses. Customers rely on RLS to manage their complicated frozen and refrigerated cold chain solutions and they have been named one of the top third-party logistics companies in America.

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Shopping for a Rugged Tablet Solution? Consider Ergonomics

Trying to decide which rugged tablet is the best fit for your business? As rugged tablet experts, we know what's important to consider. Here are three ergonomic considerations when choosing a rugged tablet.

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Meet our interns!

After a successful internship program in the summer of 2020, the MobileDemand team knew we wanted to participate in the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's (JPEC) internship program once again.

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Do You need a bigger warehouse or better organization?

Now more than ever, companies are expanding their number of SKUs to account for the continued growth of e-commerce. You may be thinking that in order to expand your selection of SKUs, your company will need to increase the amount of warehouse space - whether by expanding the current building or purchasing an entirely new one. But you might just need to reorganize your current storage space.

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Turning Warehouse Processes Into a Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Even for ultra-productive warehouses, innovation and evolution are critical for long-term, sustainable growth. Staying on top of the latest technologies and innovations can turn your warehouse processes into a sustainable competitive advantage.

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Rugged tablets: The ultimate line busting solution

Any quick-serve restaurant knows the struggle of long, stagnant lines during peak times. Even more problematic is seeing customers leave due to long wait times. Finding ways to move customers through quickly and efficiently is crucial to retention. One of the most effective ways to reduce the amount of time customers spend in line waiting to order is through line-busting.

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Slotting: the key to optimizing warehouse storage

Slotting, the process of organizing a warehouse to maximize and use storage space as efficiently as possible, can increase picking efficiency, minimize replenishments, and improve overall operational costs. The process organizes SKUs based on dimensions, weight, unit sales velocity, and/or products that are frequently ordered together.

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Top 5 reasons quick serve restaurants and convenience stores need rugged tablets

Now more than ever, customers expect quick serve restaurants (QSRs) and convenience stores (C-stores) to be just that, quick and convenient. As a result, operators are looking for ways to alter service models to boost customer experience and drive profits.

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MobileDemand launches sleek and powerful rugged xTablet T1190

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - July 16, 2021 - MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets and mobile all-in-one computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of the xTablet T1190 as part of their portfolio of rugged xTablets. Optional add-on functionality such as multi-payment systems and barcode scanner enable the dynamic tablet to support today's ever-changing retail environment. At only 15 millimeters in depth, the company's thinnest tablet is designed to be easily carried and operated throughout the day. The new Windows® xTablet T1190 is available now for immediate delivery.

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What is the NTEP Certification?

The recently launched xDIM™ Mobile Dimensioning software is just one aspect of the complete, bundled solution from MobileDemand. Paired with a rugged tablet, a key feature of the solution is the NTEP Certified, Legal for Trade software- a huge bonus for companies operating in states where this certification is required.

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Top 5 Benefits of xDIM Mobile Dimensioning Software

4DMobile's NTEP Certified xDIM™ Mobile Dimensioning System provides warehouses, trucking, courier services, and more with a host of benefits- especially when bundled with a rugged tablet from MobileDemand. Check out the top five benefits of deploying xDIM.

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Optimize Warehouse Storage Space with xDIM

Optimizing warehouse storage space begins with knowing the exact dimensions of each box, container, parcel, and pack type entering the facility. Inaccurate or incomplete dimensioning results in poor staging, load planning, slotting, and re-racking all of which contribute to inefficient space usage. With xDIM™, a one-of-a-kind mobile volume dimensioning system, workers capture accurate and reliable measurements with point and click functionality of a tablet. Enhancing stackability and enabling more efficient slotting ensures precious storage space is used as effectively as possible.

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MobileDemand Launches the First NTEP Certified, Truly Mobile 3D Parcel Dimensioning System

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – June 3, 2021 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets and mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of xDIM™ Mobile Dimensioning Software, the first absolute mobile, patented 3D dimensioning software for cuboidal parcels. xDIM, powered by 4DMobile, quickly and accurately captures measurements with a simple point-and-click, wherever the box is located. The innovative cloud-based application provides rich data via a user-friendly dashboard that integrates with a myriad of enterprise resource management systems for deeper business analytics. With successful completion of the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) evaluation qualifies xDIM as Legal for Trade, meaning it is legally approved for establishing cost for services or hire based on measurement.

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Is a Mobile, Integrated POS Right For Your Business?

Implementing a mobile, integrated POS device has become increasingly popular among retail stores, restaurants, and hospitality businesses. From seamlessly connecting associates to updating inventory in real-time, the technology opens up a world of opportunity, but how do you know if this powerful sales and productivity tool is right for your business?

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Limited To Take-Out Orders? Try Rugged, Mobile POS

As the world stands today, social distancing is making a huge impact in the ways restaurants are able to operate. Depending on regional restrictions or preference, restaurants may be closing their dining rooms and serving customers through take-out or delivery. However, this scenario may cause new issues to arise when it comes to completing the payment and ordering process. Customers aren't able to enter into the restaurant to complete a payment causing servers to travel back and forth. Others may opt not to pay online or through an app. That's where a mobile POS system comes in.

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MobileDemand Announces 2020 Partner of the Year Awards Winners

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Feb 18, 2021—MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets and mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the winners of the 2020 MobileDemand Partner of the Year Awards. The annual awards recognize MobileDemand partners who demonstrate commitment, expertise and innovation in their support for MobileDemand.

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What is an Integrated MSR?

MobileDemand recently launched the first ever rugged tablet, integrated with a magnetic stripe reader (MSR). Available for both the Flex 10A with Android and the Flex 10B, this is the first MSR to be designed and integrated for rugged tablets, setting a new standard across the mobile computing industry. That's all exciting, but how does our integrated MSR work?

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MobileDemand Launches First Integrated, Rugged Magnetic Stripe Card Reader for Tablets

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Feb 9, 2021- MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets and mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of the first ever integrated magnetic stripe card reader (MSR) for best-selling xTablet Flex 10 line of rugged devices. A value offering, the ruggedized MSR is sleek, functional, and built to customer specifications for a seamless plug and play experience with their point-of-sale systems, merchant processors, and patient databases.

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Take Safety to the Next Level with a C1D2 Certified Rugged Tablet

For enterprises in the oil, gas, mining and manufacturing industries, it's vital to have tablet computers that are Class 1 Division 2 (C1D2) certified - meaning that if any explosive substance is abnormally present in the atmosphere, the tablets will NOT create any sort of electrical arc or spark that would ignite the substance.

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xTablet Flex 10A with Android and Flex 10B Reviewed by Rugged PC Review

Ruggedized mobile computers can cost several thousand dollars, making them unaffordable or economically unfeasible for many potential customers. The MobileDemand xTablet Flex 10 models that we're examining in this review, on the other hand, start at just US$495. That's literally a fraction of what most of the leading rugged tablets cost. How is this possible? It's because a few years ago, MobileDemand added to their lineup of heavy-duty rugged tablets a series of entry-level devices for customers who need more ruggedness than consumer-grade tablets can deliver, but at a price that is not prohibitive. The entry-level line began with the original xTablet Flex 8 and 10, and today includes both a Windows and an Android version of Flex 10, as well as a smaller budget handheld. In this report we're providing a comprehensive update on the current Flex 10 tablets available from MobileDemand. How can MobileDemand sell a rugged tablets at such low prices? They do it by packaging and pre-assembling standard "white box" Windows and Android tablets with well conceived shock-absorbing cases with protective bumpers and a carry handle. And also scratch-proof screen protectors and other touches and accessories essential to rugged tablets. So instead of having to search for a case that may or may not do the job, MobileDemand offers economy-priced tablets combined with a heavy-duty case designed by experts in rugged Tablet PCs. All for US$495 for an Android 9 version, and US$595 for one with Windows 10 Professional. Even though third party protective cases are available for most handhelds and tablets (who doesn't instantly need one for today's fragile and wafer-thin consumer electronics), MobileDemand is one of very few suppliers of rugged tablets that also offers inexpensive versions packaged with a case. Which is surprising. Ever since Apple legitimized the tablet form factor a decade ago with the iPad, tablets have become an integral part of our lives, selling in the hundreds of millions. Inherently rugged tablets, however, only peripherally benefitted from that tablet bonanza. There has been debate in the rugged industry for years as to the merits of putting consumer tech in a case. MobileDemand decided to find out for itself, and apparently it worked for them; they've offered the Flex line since 2014.

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Third Party Review of MobileDemand's xTablet T1180

First impression matters, and the xTablet T1180 certainly makes a very good one. Whereas the Flex 10B is a generic tablet in a case, the T1180 is a true rugged design both inside and out. It looks and feels like a serious tool for the job, a rugged tablet that was designed from the ground up to handle the bumps and grind and drops that come with work in the field.

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Transportation and Logistic Companies Need Rugged Tablets for Data Capture

Transportation and logistics industry professionals know the importance of providing efficient and accurate operations. From drivers, fleet managers, and loading specialists, rugged tablets have transformed every aspect of the industry, saving time, labor, fuel, and ultimately revenue. Learn about the benefits of investing in rugged tablets for delivery processes below.

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Why First Responders Need Real-Time Collaboration Tools

For law enforcement officers and first responders, instant access to mission critical data and real-time connectivity is crucial. That's why rugged tablets have become a preferred platform for law enforcement applications. They offer mobility, functionality, connectivity, and lightweight ruggedness, providing officers with the ultimate collaboration tool.

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Largest Iowa Anheuser-Busch Distributor Protects iPads with Rugged Cases

In 1965, Doll Distributing's inventory began with 2,260 Anheuser Busch cases, 33 Budweiser kegs, 355 Goetz cases, and 7 tap accounts. Today, Doll Distributing services four different territories, across 23,197 square miles, composed of 44 counties in Iowa, and 9 counties in Minnesota. They manage more than 2,000 domestic and import beer specific SKUs plus additional SKUs for cider, mead, malternatives, wine and non-alcoholics. The beverage distribution industry has significantly changed over the past 50 years, requiring technology to keep people in different locations fully connected. Whether they are account managers, delivery drivers, or warehouse order selectors preparing shipments, workers need real-time access to data and other key information.

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Benefits of Hot-Swappable Batteries

Nothing is more irritating than when you’re trying to get work done and you notice the battery on your device is almost out of fuel. A dead device can send your productivity into a tailspin that could cost numerous productive hours. Fortunately, there’s a solution that can keep your device running: hot-swappable batteries.

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Top 3 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Data Capture in Warehouses

From receiving to picking and staging to loading, warehouses need systems that can handle complex data collection. Rugged tablets enable your operation to run at maximum productivity with improved inventory accuracy and boosted labor efficiency. Here are our top three benefits of rugged tablets for data capture in warehouses.

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Sullivan Police Department deploys vehicle-mounted tablets

Located in east central Missouri and 65 miles southwest of St. Louis, the town of Sullivan has a population of approximately 10,000 citizens and is served and protected by 16 sworn police Officers along with 7 civilian employees.

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Rugged Tablets vs Rugged Cases: What's the Difference?

With the upfront costs of investment in rugged tablets, it may be tempting to purchase consumer-grade tablets and equip them with durable, ruggedized cases. While this might be the right choice for certain applications, tablets with cases may not always make the cut. Here we look at the differences between rugged tablets and rugged cases.

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The Value of xProtect Service Plan

Accidents happen, especially in industries that use rugged tablets. That's why MobileDemand offers the xProtect Service Plan to take your tablet protection to the next level. Plus, every MobileDemand rugged tablet includes a limited manufacturer’s warranty, and we offer service for retired MobileDemand products.

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The Total Cost of Ownership of Rugged Tablets

When looking to invest in mobile technology, many companies are drawn towards consumer-grade tablets. This is no surprise, as they are upwards of half the price of a rugged, enterprise grade tablet. Companies may be willing to take the added expense of having to replace the outdated tablets every few years rather than pay the higher upfront cost of an enterprise grade tablet. However, simply comparing the initial cost of the devices can be deceiving. The upfront and replacement costs are not nearly as concerning as the costs of a consumer grade device failure. In fact, more than 90% of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a consumer grade tablet comes after the initial purchase*.

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Customization is Key When it Comes to Rugged Tablets

In order for your business to get the maximum return on your rugged tablet investment, you need to make sure the solution truly meets the needs of your business. Did you ensure all needed add-ons are available with the solution you chose? Are others able to be added if your daily operations shift?

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