ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The rapid evolution and proliferation of mobile devices, including smart phones and tablets, has changed the way technology vendors serve their customers and partners. The "bring your own device" (BYOD) technology movement has resulted in customers expecting mobile solutions that are available on whatever device is preferred by the user. To meet these expectations, Manhattan Associates (Nasdaq:MANH) has announced the creation of Manhattan Mobility Labs, a development team with a specific focus on mobile applications and their ability to extend the Manhattan SCOPE® platform of supply chain optimization solutions.
"The creation of Manhattan Mobility Labs is a result of the collaboration we have with our customers in creating solutions that enable the mobile workforce and increase employee productivity," said David Landau, vice president, product management, Manhattan Associates. "In addition to our current mobile offerings, we have several exciting upcoming initiatives, built on a common mobile framework and available on popular mobile devices and tablets."
"These applications are designed to help executives and staff alike break away from their desktops and be more engaged and effective in the field- regardless of whether their field is the warehouse, a store or an airport," continued Landau. "Retail associates are provided the information and ability to save sales and deliver zero disappointment experiences to consumers while warehouse managers are provided tools and information at their fingertips to help drive operational excellence."
The new solutions from Manhattan Mobility Labs will leverage Manhattan's Supply Chain Process Platform (SCPP) and feature mobile web applications developed using standard technology frameworks.
Current Manhattan Associates mobile applications include:
- Store Inventory Management: Provides a suite of tools to manage inventory in the store, from receiving through cycle counting. Accurate store-level inventory is vital to offering and keeping omni-channel retail promises.
- Distributed Selling: Enhances in-store customer service by allowing retail associates to use mobile devices to quickly see and locate both on-hand and in-flight inventory at any point in the supply chain, track the status of their orders, and provide customers with delivery options.
- Supplier Enablement: A mobile solution that enables a customer to work with key business suppliers and trading partners to view and coordinate purchase orders, order fulfillment and inventory shipping from any mobile device.
- Mobile Supply Chain Intelligence: Enables a customer to view dashboards or reports from Manhattan's Supply Chain Intelligence application on a tablet or mobile device, to keep executives up to date on supply chain performance on-the-go, from anywhere in the world.
"With the wide range of capabilities brought by mobile devices, and the myriad ways in which business processes are being reinvented as a result, we are entering a time of tremendous change," said David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "The market for mobile devices is booming and the basic device used in business compared to those used by consumers is converging. Simultaneously, advances in network performance allow the personal device to be married to powerful software that resides in the cloud."*
Manhattan SCOPE is a comprehensive portfolio of supply chain solutions that leverages the industry's first and only Supply Chain Process Platform to deliver cross-application optimization and integration, running supply chain operations with notably less cost and effort while still leveraging best-of-breed supply chain software to improve performance and efficiency.
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About Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Manhattan Associates continues to deliver on its 22-year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimization core to their strategic market leadership. The company's supply chain innovations include: Manhattan SCOPE®, a portfolio of software solutions and technology that leverages a Supply Chain Process Platform to help organizations optimize their supply chains from planning through execution; Manhattan SCALE™, a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft .NET technology; and Manhattan Carrier™, a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.