Mobile Apps for Logistics Companies

It’s a known fact that in the last few years Smartphones and tablets have received tremendous popularity. Smartphones, in particular, are used more like little portable computers than mobile phones. Unlike before, this gives people and companies a great opportunity to access information at any given moment. These little devices have changed the way people shop and the way companies conduct businesses.

Mobile Apps for Logistics Companies

Mobile Apps Mean Increased Convenience and Productivity

No matter which sector you look at, you will notice that these devices are useful and there are plenty of mobile apps available that make work faster and easier. Logistic companies can undoubtedly take advantage of smartphones and tablets because different types of mobile apps can be developed that will allow both consumers and logistics companies to get more work done in less time.

Apps for Consumers

When people deal with logistics companies, the main thing they want is to be able to track their package to ensure it will arrive in a timely manner. A mobile app will enable your customers to keep track of their parcels. Since they will receive real time updates, they will feel at ease.

Apps for Companies

Shipping and logistics companies can easily increase productivity and streamline their internal processes by using mobile apps. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that logistics companies can enjoy through mobile apps:

  • You can access shipping information at any given moment no matter where you are without having to speak to a middleman
  • You can enhance productivity by accessing mobile supply chain tools whenever you like
  • You will be able to help your esteemed clients from any location
  • You will have the ability to make real-time decisions
  • Mobile apps offer real-time supply chain management

In simple words…Logistics companies must take advantage of mobile apps to meet their customers’ demands and streamline their own internal processes.

Find out more about how Binary Quest can help you boost your company’s productivity through mobile apps.

SharePoint 2013 – What’s New?

Microsoft SharePoint was first launched back in 2001. It was initially a web application platform that was associated with intranet content management and document management. It has been significantly enhanced with the passage of time.

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Now, we have SharePoint 2013 that is in fact a dual purpose product. It’s not only a better and more powerful server product; it is also capable of delivering SharePoint-as-a-service in the cloud. There are many things that SharePoint users and developers would love in the latest version. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing features that you can now take advantage of:

SharePoint 2013 is Mobile-Friendly

Just as Windows 8 serves as a great operating system for Smartphones and Tablets, similarly SharePoint 2013 is also ideal for mobile users. Microsoft noticed that many users like the ability to use their desktop applications on whatever device they have, regardless of the size of the screen. This is why SharePoint 2013 offers three different browsing options for mobile users.

Cloud App Model

Do you love creating new and amazing apps? If yes, then you will love SharePoint 2013 because it offers a Cloud App Model that gives you the freedom to create apps. Developers can easily write and publish new apps to SharePoint’s public app store or to a private store that can be accessed by employees only.

Enhanced Search

SharePoint 2013 offers enhanced search functionality. After all, if you are unable to find what you need when you need it the most, then all of the other features will be useless for you. Significant improvements in search offer much more convenience and flexibility for both IT experts and end users.

Social

Even though SharePoint is a popular product, it was never actually social. Microsoft changed this with SharePoint 2013, with the acquisition of Yammer. It makes sharing and collaboration very easy.

All these great new features should be reason to celebrate for you if you already use SharePoint; as for those who’ve just been thinking about migrating to SharePoint, this might the right time for you!

E-Books and the Future

If you love to read then walking into a bookstore, browsing aisle after aisle of books, holding a new find in your hands and eagerly waiting to get home so that you can crack it open, must be a few of the most pleasurable moments of your life. But this experience is going through a big change and soon the experience of reading may be radically changed!

Digital content – especially e-books – are changing the way we read. You must have seen and read some e-books by now so you can relate to the anxiety that surrounds the mind of many book lovers. There are some burning questions in the minds of book lovers like us such as: are e-books (and other digital content) going to replace printed books? Is it just a fad?

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Are E-books Really that Great?

E-books may not entirely replace printed books but they will probably become the predominant mode of delivery for books. Amazon.com reported that the sale of e-books has surpassed the sale of printed books in its store. Setting nostalgia aside, e-books have certain characteristics that perfectly complement our wired lifestyles including:

  • Portability – Digital content like e-books allow us to carry-around a tremendous amount of information on pocket devices
  • Easy reading & sharing – It makes it much easier to read, make notes, sort information and on top of all, share through social media
  • Multimedia – E-books make it easy to integrate multiple forms of media into the book such as audio and video; making it interactive

If you get into the habit of reading e-books, the next time you move your house, you wouldn’t have to cringe at the thought of packing and carrying dozens of cartons filled with books.

What the Future Holds?

The way things are in the publishing industry, it seems that within the next 20 years, e-books may practically replace printed books. According to a report on the Wall Street Journal, people who use kindle (Amazon’s e-reader), bought more books after buying the device. Borders, one of the largest book store chain in the US is considering bankruptcy. If you are a business owner, you may want to explore the opportunity of advertising through e-books by having apps developed and embedding them into e-books and other forms of digital content.

Smartphones are Creating Business Opportunities that didn’t Exist Before

Smartphones have become a lot more than just shiny toys; they have become the communication device of choice in our wired lives. According to an estimate, there were over one billion Smartphone in use at the end of 2012 and this number is expected to double within the next three years.

What are People doing on their Smartphones?

Ever wonder what people really use their smartphones for? The European telecom company O2 breaks it down for us:

Function %age
Taking photographs 74%
Making phone calls 71%
Text messaging 69%
Surfing the internet 69%
Alarm clock 64%
Email 52%
As a watch 50%
Using it as an address book 50%
Using social networks 49%
Use it as a diary 39%
Music 39%
Playing games 38%
Watching TV/films 22%
Reading books 13%

“Smartphones are now being used like a digital ‘Swiss Army Knife’, replacing possessions like watches, cameras, books and even laptops. While we’re seeing no let-up in the number of calls customers make or the amount of time they spend speaking on their phones, their phone now plays a far greater role in all aspects of their lives,”

said David Johnson, General Manager Devices for O2, UK.

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Why are smartphones important for business?

If you are a business owner, you should know that according to a survey commissioned by Google,

  • 53% of smartphone users actually make a purchase after performing a search and gathering information;
  • 24% make recommendations based on the information gathered;
  • 79% use their phone to help them with shopping;
  • 70% use their phone even when they are in a store;
  • 35% make purchases directly from their phone, without stepping into a store;

Now, the question is how can a business owner benefit from this information? Two words: mobile apps!

Smartphone users use mobile apps to perform different functions. So, having mobile apps developed that are related to your business might be one of the best investments you can make.