News | December 9, 2019

trans-o-flex Migrates To Android For Increased Operational Efficiency With Zebra Technologies

Drivers and warehouse workers optimize their task performance using mobility solution

Zebra Technologies Corporation , an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, announced today that trans-o-flex, a German logistics solutions provider, deployed Zebra’s full mobility solution including Android mobile touch computers with staging tool software, cordless ring scanners and visibility services to streamline driver efficiency workflows. This increases operational effectiveness in its ordering and parcel tracking processes.

trans-o-flex, a German express transport and logistics company with national hubs, specializes in pharmaceutical and medical products distribution in temperature-controlled environments of 2–8˚C and 15–25˚C. Kratzer Automation, a Zebra PartnerConnect Premier Solution Partner, collaborated with trans-o-flex and recommended the TC56 touch computers along with Zebra’s comprehensive support and services.

“The TC56 offers high-performance scanning as well as a WAN interface,” commented Stefan Fuss, IT System Architecture Department Manager, trans-o-flex. “Moreover, it is easy to use and intuitive with excellent user uptake and feedback along with minimal or no training, which is imperative in an industry with a shorter staff tenure. Zebra Technologies is way ahead of its competitors when it comes to Android implementation.”

4000 TC56 touch computers running “trans-o-flex easy,” an in-house Android order application, are used by trans-o-flex drivers and warehouse workers. The devices were prepared using Zebra’s StageNow Android device staging tool. Drivers use TC56 devices to check loading, navigation and route-planning, delivery schedules and management, including Proof of Delivery (POD) and signatures in addition to photographing damaged packages and logging delivery issues. All TC56 captured data is updated in real time to trans-o-flex’s own in-house, back office systems. Warehouse operators also use Zebra RS507 cordless ring scanners to track parcel loading and unloading. This results in time savings and operational efficiencies, both externally for drivers and internally for depot workers.

“The TC56 touch computers meet trans-o-flex’s driver and warehouse operator needs,” said Thomas Bittner, Senior Account Manager, Zebra Technologies, Germany. “This Android migration deployment has increased trans-o-flex’s operational effectiveness and helped future-proof its warehouse operations. Helping trans-o-flex stay competitive and efficient in the long term gives the company a performance edge.”

trans-o-flex has started using Zebra’s VisibilityIQ Foresight, an intelligent data-driven analytics solution, for checking device battery status. Enhanced battery management from regular checks has resulted in improved resource allocation and an increase in overall productivity. There are also plans to use more VisibilityIQ device management features in the near future.

Key Takeaways

  • A flexible, future-proof Android platform combined with Zebra’s solutions enables trans-o-flex to easily and quickly stage and integrate a wide range of mobile applications.
  • The TC56 touch computer helps drivers and hub workers be more productive and efficient.
  • VisibilityIQ ensures maximum device uptime and reinforces the supply chain performance.

Source: Zebra