Sappi Paper inventory can be spread across many locations, including third-party warehouses, and so maintaining current data on inventory movements is critical in order to manage billing and other inventory control functions. While all Sappi finished product is clearly barcoded, it is not always possible to mandate expensive scanning equipment for third-party warehouses to track product movements. As a result inventory changes are tracked on paper, often causing significant delays in reporting inventory status.
In order to overcome this challenge Sappi came to Portland Webworks with the idea of developing an iOS app to scan and transmit barcode information. The beauty of this solution is that it combines relatively low-cost, ubiquitous hardware with flexible iOS development capabilities, to develop a truly custom fit application for tracking paper inventory movements.
The final app, now available in the App Store, uses the device's on-board camera to capture barcode data and deliver results immediately via email to Sappi's inventory team, significantly improving reporting of inventory data. The app also represents another example of how Sappi is looking to leverage mobile technology to improve workflow and productivity.