Mobile technology yields productivity gains and cost savings for transport and logistics sector

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Mobile technologies have proven highly beneficial for the transport and logistics sector. Gartner Group cites this sector as one of the early adopters of mobile technologies applied to business mobility projects. When companies in this sector mobilize business processes (such as scheduling, dispatch, order-processing and inventory management), they reap the benefits of increased operational productivity and lower inventory costs.

One of the most common uses of mobile technology for companies in this sector is to provide real-time inventory or order-processing data at remote locations. For example, Embutidos Estevez, S.A., a meat processor and distributor, uses NetManage's OnWeb Mobile(tm) to streamline its ordering process. The company needed to provide its sales force with a more efficient way to communicate in real-time with its IBM iSeries system, databases and applications, as well as improve its distribution and sales processes.

With OnWeb Mobile, employee productivity and customer satisfaction have increased because the distributed sales force can place orders in real-time and provide customers with up-to-the-minute product availability," said Peter Havart-Simkin, senior vice president of strategic development at NetManage, Inc. "This ability for field employees to make order changes and access inventory in real-time is one of the fundamental value propositions for mobility in transport and logistics."

NetManage understands that the growth of mobile networks requires versatile and flexible application connectivity software to give employees and partners access to corporate information while in remote field operations. Today's distributed work environment also requires a solution that offers scalable presentation of the information with the ability to add process management and business logic to the mobilized applications. With OnWeb Mobile, remote employees and partners can connect to existing corporate applications, giving them real-time decision making capabilities that boost responsiveness, productivity and cost savings.

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