The industry is under more pressure than ever to increase productivity and speed up processes. Now that consumers expect fast shipping on every purchase, the pressure is on to optimize your supply chain processes as much as possible.
Keeping up with the demand requires mobility. The right mobile devices and equipment can help position your operation for optimal productivity; however, acquiring these mobile tools can be costly and complicated. Scanners, mobile printers, and mobile computers are big-ticket items that carry a big-ticket price tag.
With how rapidly technology is changing, it is time for a new, innovative approach to acquiring your necessary equipment and services—and one that decreases the risk of high up-front investments.
1. Move to a Subscription Payment Model
In the current ultra-competitive environment, it’s wise to consider moving to a subscription payment model. This allows you to upgrade your enterprise mobility and achieve greater productivity without high upfront capital costs.
With a subscription payment model, you can pay a predictable monthly subscription price, and receive a complete solution with all equipment and related expenses bundled under a single contract.
Subscription models provide you with the greatest flexibility at the least risk, while decreasing the total-cost-of-ownership to your organization. You can eliminate unnecessary expenses throughout the lifetime of the device, including product disposal. Honeywell even offers Honeywell-as-a-Service (HaaS) to help your operation acquire the assets you need at a cost that you can easily manage.
2. Discover Managed Services
Once you have all of your necessary devices, it’s essential that you can effectively manage and service them. Unfortunately, when it comes to enterprise mobility, managing, supporting, and servicing your assets can be complicated and time consuming. While proper management is critical for keeping your equipment in optimal condition, it’s challenging to do alone.
A managed services provider can take all of this off your plate, helping you ensure your devices and equipment offer maximum performance, security and up-time. Professional services can be bundled into one affordable monthly cost, often along with a hardware-as-a-service contract. This allows for:
- Technology consulting
- Solution engineering
- Product procurement
- Device configuration, stating, and kitting
- Software integration
- Mobile device management
- Helpdesk support
- Spare pool management
- Repair services
3. Explore Trade-in Programs
When your device becomes obsolete or reaches its end-of-life, disposing of it can be a hassle. Other times, your device is still working, but it doesn’t add as much value or work as effectively as newer devices, but you’ve invested in it and don’t want to lose out on a good return.
In instances like these, many warehouse operators turn to manufacturers like Honeywell, which offer trade-in programs. These programs can ensure that your devices are disposed of properly. You can trade-in your old equipment and then get discounts on newer devices. Trade-in values typically range from $100 to $500 per device. While that may not always cover the costs of upgrading your devices, you can benefit from your old devices while increasing productivity with the new devices once you’ve upgraded.
4. Make the Most of Your Accessories
Upgrading your devices can include extra costs that you may not have considered. In some cases, you may have to purchase all new accessories, which can be quite costly.
Luckily, many manufacturers like Honeywell will design their devices to be backward compatible. This means that new models will be compatible with the accessories of older models you may even already own, effectively helping offset the cost of acquiring and upgrading devices. Backward-compatible accessories can include cradles, charging docks, batteries, and more. This can offer significant savings, sometimes up to 20% or more.
Acquiring new devices for enterprise mobility can be costly. However, it’s possible to reduce the acquisition costs when you work with manufacturers like Honeywell and implementation partners like Informs. Together, we help make it easier and more cost-effective for your operation to boost mobility and increase productivity in the warehouse by offering a wide array of services and payment options. For more information on how to reduce your acquisition costs while still achieving a positive ROI, contact the experts at Informs, Inc.