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MobileFrame, creators of the industry’s most user friendly mobile application development platform, today announced that Mission Foods, one of the largest food manufacturers in the world, has chosen to standardize on the MobileFrame platform to develop the apps used as part of their direct store delivery processes.
With over 4,500 drivers who visit at least 30,000 retail stores every day in the United States, Mexico, and Central America, Mission Foods sought to implement next-generation mobile application technology and streamline their Direct Store Delivery operations. Mission’s leadership team wanted to replace their aging Windows Mobile devices with modern devices and improve their mobile apps with enhancements that were long overdue. It was critical for this new combination of software and hardware technology to be able to meet their demands today and into the future. Continue reading
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Running a dynamic DSD field force is complex. Today’s DSD applications must allow companies to quickly react to marketplace changes, customer demands and new regulatory policies. With this fast pace of change, customers simply have to be nimble and they need the power to make changes to their DSD apps as soon as the market dictates it. The ability to make changes to apps with no custom coding and to deploy those changes to the field is how a well run DSD business should operate. Legacy apps require customers to go to the vendor to request changes, but this strategy does not allow for speed to market.
Another huge factor in a successful DSD operation is to give management instant access to data as soon as its collected in the field. Most companies have not yet implemented the technology to make data readily available to their management; these enterprises are operating with large blind spots, making it harder for management to take advantage of new opportunities in a fast-paced business climate. The solution to the problem is real-time web portals. Continue reading
Direct Store Delivery (DSD) is a distribution method where producers deliver goods directly to the point of sale. This delivery method gives producers the control over inventory, merchandising and promotions that is so valuable in various industries. However, without an effective system to manage this process certain benefits are lost, which can cost you more in the long run.
The mobile apps used by the route delivery drivers are crucial to run an efficient field force. However, the current DSD apps in the marketplace don’t allow customers to modify their apps without paying the vendor exorbitant fees. And, most of these apps lack important workflows for today’s environment. These solutions are typically hard coded, so process changes and route re-scheduling are costly and time consuming – if possible at all. All of these shortfalls add up to lost time and frustrated customers – both of which cost you money.
MobileFrame’s Direct Store Delivery Suite is built on cutting edge technology, solving all the problems that customers are frustrated with. Customers can make changes to their apps as the business dictates it, all without writing a single line of code and without paying the vendor any fees for the changes. Real-time updates enable immediate changes to workflow, route scheduling and even third party applications. Drivers can process deliveries and returns on remote devices, so invoices can be modified on the back end immediately. MobileFrame’s DSD Suite has applications that are tightly integrated to each other
Rug Doctor has chosen MobileFrame to automate their DSD and Route Accounting. Prior to adopting MobileFrame, Rug Doctor employed a hard-coded custom application running on DOS-based Symbol PDT 3100’s. That application was developed in 2001 and Rug Doctor had trouble with it from the beginning. Using MobileFrame, Rug Doctor plans to deploy a traditional DSD/Route Accounting application that allows their drivers to capture data about deliveries of product to stores, manage their supplies and machine inventories, and print out invoices at each stop. After evaluating several mobile platforms, and considering offshore custom development, Rug Doctor chose MobileFrame for its flexibility, ease of use, and competitive price point.