Retail inventory control software and devices

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
Zebra’s new technologies combine to give retailers real time inventory visibility

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – Zebra Technologies Corporation has introduced SmartCount, a turn-key software and scanner solution that gives retailers a visibility into their physical inventories in real-time. SmartCount analytics direct store associates on what merchandise, in which stores, to count. This solution improves overall inventory accuracy and stock visibility.

Zebra also introduces two new form factors to its market-leading Android portfolio: the EC30 Enterprise Companion mobile computer and the ET51/ET56 rugged tablets.

The ultra-small, lightweight EC30 allows front-line workers to scan barcodes and run key business applications. Offering core functionality and connectivity with comprehensive voice capabilities to keep workers on task and productive, the wearable EC30 can withstand continual everyday use.

It supports the updated version of Workforce Connect powered by Savanna to deliver enhanced collaboration including voice, Push-To-Talk and enterprise messaging for sales associates.

Workforce Connect powered by Savanna also includes a new feature which provides customized worker profiles. This new tool enables retailers to upload user profiles to the EC30 and other compatible Zebra mobile computers. This provides a personalized user experience depending on the needs and tasks of specific workers, meaning that one Android Zebra device can be optimized for use by several store associates across shifts.

The Android ET51/ET56 rugged tablet provides staff with a familiar looking device that has enterprise-class durability, data capture functionality and a range of accessories that retailers need for enhanced operations, greater efficiency and elevated shopper satisfaction. The EC30 and ET51/ET56 include Zebra’s Mobility DNA suite of end-user application development tools and utilities to strengthen security and aid migration from legacy devices.

Each device includes built-in support for at least the next two generations of Android, as well as Zebra’s LifeGuard for Android, which extends the service life of Zebra’s Android-based devices by three to five years.