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Top 3 Findings From the 2022 National Restaurant Association Show

Industry-leading products and solutions for growth were at the forefront of The 2022 National Restaurant Association Show, highlighting key solutions for navigating today’s new business realities. After four days of talking with executives and leaders in everything from fast food and quick-serve restaurants to festivals and food trucks, we highlighted our top three takeaways.

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The New Warehouse Podcast: MobileDemand at MODEX 2022

MODEX 2022 was packed full of supply chain innovations and solutions, and the team at The New Warehouse was right in the thick of it. Kevin Lawton, founder of The New Warehouse podcast, sat down with industry experts all four days of the show, discussing “news, ideas and insights about the future of the industry in a modern way.”

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Third Party Review of MobileDemand's Rugged Case and Bundle for Lenovo Tab K10

Trusted rugged computing trade publication, Rugged PC Review, recently reviewed the rugged xCase for the Lenovo Tab K10. Editor, Conrad Blickenstorfer provides a highly detailed review of this first-in-market rugged case for the 10-inch, enterprise-ready, Android-based device.

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xDIM Mobile, Powered by 4DMobile, Awarded 2022 Bronze Edison Award

The MobileDemand team is proud to announce xDIM Mobile Dimensioning, powered by 4DMobile, has been awarded the Bronze 2022 Edison Best New Product Award™ in the Manufacturing, Logistics, and Transportation: Supply Chain Solutions category!

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xDIM™ - Solving Dimensioning Problems with a Portable Solution

Whether you stock and store thousands of SKUs or have an ever-changing list of parcels for last-mile delivery, having accurate dimensional data is critical in enabling smooth operations and making sound business decisions, both of which have a significant impact on a supply chain environment's bottom line.

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Key Learnings from MODEX 2022

After a long two years away, MODEX returned with a powerful vengeance. Attendees and exhibitors alike were excited to reconvene for a week of supply chain solutions and innovations. We broke down our top four learnings from MODEX 2022 below.

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Why Use an Integrated RFID Reader Module?

Radio frequency identification, or RFID, has been a popular data transmission tool for many years. An RFID reader is used to identify uniquely tagged assets, aiding and streamlining workflows in industries like government, healthcare, supply chain, and enterprise. An RFID reader module integrated in a rugged tablet offers two unique benefits: nearly limitless identification options and mitigation of human error.

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Beginner's Guide to C1D2

Class 1 Division 2, or C1D2, is one of the most important factors to consider when looking for rugged tablets to use in hazardous industries. Any electronics being used in a potentially dangerous environment or around flammable hazards must be C1D2 certified to prevent dangerous explosions and ensure worker safety. But what exactly does C1D2 mean and how do you know if your operation needs certified tablets?

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Upgrading to the Surface Pro 8? Our Rugged xCase is Too

Microsoft has recently released their most powerful Pro ever: the Surface Pro 8. The device is more than just a standard incremental update, however. Microsoft’s flagship tablet has been updated and modernized in the Pro 8.

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Three Most Common Problems Solved by Mobile Box Dimensioning

The value of accurate box dimensions is indisputable, but the process of attaining them is something many warehouses, distribution centers, and other supply chain environments struggle with. Many of these struggles are solved with a mobile dimensioning solution – below are the three most common problems solved by xDIM Mobile.

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

Are you working on a job that exposes a device to potentially explosive gases or vapors? Then you need a C1D2 certified device to ensure worker safety and meet government regulations. Without it, you risk injury to your workers and your bottom line due to hefty audit fees.

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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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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 in the Cold

In winter or cold climates, ice and snow won’t be the only thing that may pose as a problem to your tablets. If you work out in the field, consumer grade technology, designed for stable and indoor climates, won’t last long in the frigid environment. The wrong equipment can lead to damaged or ruined hardware, lengthy downtime, increased total cost of ownership, and unproductive workers - ultimately resulting in lost potential revenue. That's where enterprise grade, rugged tablets come in.

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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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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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What is the NTEP Certification?

A key feature of xDIM™ Mobile Dimensioning software is the Legal for Trade, independent third-party certification. This is a huge bonus for companies operating in states where this certification is required, but also benefits companies who establish the cost for services or hire on the basis of a measurement.

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Top 5 Benefits of xDIM Mobile Dimensioning Software

From warehouses and distribution centers, to parcel couriers and beyond, implementing a mobile box dimensioning system has proven to provide a host of benefits. Check out the top five benefits of xDIM™ Mobile Dimensioning software.

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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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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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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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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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Hot Swappable Battery Benefits

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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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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