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Optimizing Food and Beverage Distribution with Rugged Tablet PCs

Committed to continual improvement, large-scale food and beverage distributors like Anheuser-Busch and Ben E. Keith have revolutionized their business model with the adoption of rugged tablet computers. These devices, used at every level of the supply chain, provide a key advantage in conducting business. As with other industries, the food and beverage sector depends upon speed, efficiency and effective tracking to function at an optimal level. In addition to enabling that efficiency, rugged tablet PCs provide bulk-free durability that few commercial laptops and handhelds offer. Consider the following:

Rugged Tablet PC with bar code scanner1. Integrated barcode scanning: Most food parcels rely on barcode scanners to determine vital information. With products packed into warehouses or onto shipping parcels, employees utilize scanners to expedite parcel location and ensure their arrival at correct destinations. Rugged tablets have built-in bar code scanners that allow personnel to (1) note products that may have spoiled or gone bad, (2) check inventory, and (3) quickly enter data for invoices and billing purposes. Integrated barcode scanning capability also ensures accurate, real-time accounting of products—and accelerates product delivery to regional or worldwide destinations.

Rugged Tablet PC with credit card reader2. Credit card readers: On the other end of the distribution chain, credit card readers on the rugged tablet PCs allow sales personnel to secure purchases with restaurant owners, produce stores and other buyers in a flash. Rugged devices permit instant comparison with invoicing, ensuring that products are available for shipping from nearby warehouses. In addition, when business is conducted with a fully outfitted rugged device, supply chain records are instantly uploaded to a centralized database for easy comparison and accurate inventory management.

3. Powerful construction: While some commercial and mainstream devices enable adequate product tracking, they still cannot compete with the design of rugged tablet PCs and state-of-the-art accessories. Facilitating all manner of field and warehousing transactions, these innovative products are built to withstand impact, daily transport, moisture exposure and more. In addition, they’re designed with large, readable screens that allow personnel to access orders quickly—without scrolling through reams of SKU numbers on a miniature screen.

Durably constructed to withstand the harshest conditions, MobileDemand tablets are equipped to deliver long-lasting, incident-free functionality in warehouses, planting fields and processing facilities. Long battery life keeps them running during extended work days, turning tablets into “mobile offices.” These mobile offices expedite transit, while safeguarding personnel from the stress and delays caused by unreliable computers and accessories.

All of these proven benefits (along with many others) equate to increased efficiency and profitability. Employees can maximize their time and resources while products retain freshness and reach their destinations quickly. At MobileDemand, we’ve partnered with companies like Anheuser-Busch and Ben E. Keith Beverages to streamline distribution processes and provide useful, profitable tools for competing in the food and beverage industry. Contact our team of rugged tablet experts to learn more about these ultra-mobile, ultra-tough devices—and how they can be customized to address your most specific business needs.

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