Fortunately, the team at Weber is forward-thinking and stays abreast of the latest technology available in the supply chain. Technology such as robotics, AI and voice solutions were all being monitored for their application benefits for Weber, but the immediate need was to replace the existing mobile devices.
Unbeknown to Weber, this first step opened the door to solve some of the supply-chain challenges they were facing. Logistics Manager, Terry Garner, contacted their mobile-device supplier, Intermax, to enquire about procuring new mobile devices for use in their warehouse. The team at Intermax explained that now was the time to move to an Android-based mobile device. Not only would this solve the issue of the end of support for the operating system used on Weber’s now defunct devices, but it would unlock functionality that could address some of the further challenges being experienced in the warehouse.
The decision to move to Android was a simple one for Weber, with the Honeywell CT40 mobile device being chosen after a proof of concept was completed. The modernisation of Weber’s supply chain practices was now unlocked with the help of Intermax.
The first hurdle was to migrate Weber’s mobile app to the Android operating system. This was achieved with the help of Intermax by using the Ivanti® Velocity migration platform. This platform enables easy transformation of older, green screen-based applications to a modern, touch-enabled layout on the Android operating system without a line of code being written. The Ivanti solution meant that the adoption of the new devices within the Weber warehouse could happen in days rather than months.
Application screens were progressively migrated and modernised by Intermax for greater useability. No more green-screen applications, rather a full-colour, intuitive, touch-enabled experience. Straight away processes could be streamlined in the application to reduce the number of keystrokes, but it was the next step that transformed Weber’s warehouse practices and unlocked productivity and safety gains.