Markley is quite open about his affinity for the Mac platform and enthusiastic about finding new ways to apply Apple products in his company. "I think since 1984 I've had at least one of every device Apple has ever made," he says. "I just like the products, and it's intriguing to me to find ways to use them to get things done more efficiently and better. That's the kind of a challenge I always like."
iPad in the Supply Chain
Just weeks after Apple debuted the iPad, Sterling Commerce unveiled the Sterling TMS Carrier Mobile app, which provides carrier users of Sterling's Transportation Management System with the ability to manage shipment tender requests via a mobile device like the iPad or the iPhone. (sterlingcommerce.com)
Since then, other supply chain solution providers have debuted apps for the iPad or demonstrated their solutions running on the tablet. Examples include:
¦ Management Dynamics offers a smartphone client for its supply chain visibility application that lets its clients' partners and customers tap into the application to update a status related to an order or shipment. (managementdynamics.com)
¦ NetSuite for iPhone, available on the Apple App Store, provides mobile access on iPhones and iPads (and iPod Touches) to NetSuite's business management suite, including real-time dashboards, financial and customer data, and activity and task management. (netsuite.com)
¦ Next View Software supports the iPad for its productivity solutions, including labor management and workforce productivity, as well as WMS. (nextviewsoftware.com)
¦ Vormittag Associates, Inc.'s S2K iPad interface (pictured above, also available for the iPhone) provides a company's sales force with mobile access to the company's S2K Enterprise Management Software. (vai.net)
Of course, the iPad isn't the only mobile device at work in the supply chain. Panasonic Solutions Company (panasonic.com), for example, offers the Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile-rugged PC. DC workers can use the Toughbook U1 with an integrated barcode scanner to track cargo as it moves through the warehouse. The U1 also is built to withstand bumps, drops and bruises that can occur in the DC.