This is installment three in a series of five blog posts examining the use of EMM and IoT-specific solutions for IoT use cases. This post will explore the use of EMM and IoT-specific solutions in retail.
In our last blog post, we outlined how to go about qualifying IoT use cases to pick the right solution for the job between EMM and IoT-specific solutions.
The Boston Consulting Group expects spending on IoT in the retail sector to reach $12.9b in 2020, quadruple the figure for 2015. In this post, with the help of graphics, we will outline how one might apply AirWatch or VMware Pulse (or a combination of the two) for IoT use cases in a retail scenario.
- Minimize Stock-Out – In-store inventory levels can be fine-tuned using automated shelf replenishment and real-time inventory monitoring to avoid stock-out and hence lost sales.
- Reduce Customer Wait Times – Self-service kiosks and mobile point of sales support can reduce customer waiting time and cashier staff requirements. McKinsey estimates that automated checkout could be worth as much as $380 billion per year in reduced costs for retailers around the world in 2025.
- Smarter Surveillance – With smarter cameras, you can curtail theft and vandalism whether in-store or in your warehouse. It can also help with timely intervention to reduce loss of human life and property.
- Optimized Store Layout – Based on cross-relating in-store customer behavior and measuring footfall over time, you can optimize a store’s physical layout and product placement for smoother operations and better flow
As you can see, you don’t have to choose one over the other. Using a combination of AirWatch and VMware Pulse can help you manage all your smart store needs to boost sales, lower operating costs and create next-gen customer experiences.
The next post in the series will examine the use of IoT solutions in healthcare.
- Managing Connected Devices: Where EMM Stops and IoT Specific Device Management Starts – Part 1
- Managing Connected Devices: Where EMM Stops and IoT Specific Device Management Starts – Part 2