How Mobile Apps Can Increase Work Efficiency and Optimize Retail Workforce Trends

Retailer App, How Mobile Apps Can Increase Work Efficiency and Optimize Retail Workforce TrendsFor the past decade, the ever-increasing popularity of mobile devices has been changing how business is done. Mobile devices bring many benefits to the business world, and that is part of the reason why they continue to be heavily used.

Among the most important benefits of using mobile devices is the ability to use apps. Apps can increase work efficiency and help businesses to be nimbler. They can also do things like optimize retail workforce trends. Here are some of the top reasons why mobile apps can increase work efficiency and optimize retail workforce trends.

They save money

Retailer apps often allow businesses to perform tasks and get things done for a fraction of the cost of the alternative. For example, a simple documents or email app can prevent companies from having to print out and mail or fax all of their documents. Instead, companies can simply use these apps to send documents electronically and thus save large amounts of money on paper, toner, and shipping. There are many other apps that are equally as helpful in saving money.

They save time

Before apps and mobile technology became popular, businesses wasted a lot of time doing things like storing and searching for data, files, or documents. This could have included having massive filing cabinets stretching around the office. However, now, with just a couple of apps, businesses can store incredible amounts of data and files on the cloud. If their data is on the cloud, all that they need to do to find the file they are looking for is to type it into the search bar in the retailer app. Voila, time is saved.

They allow for more effective retail employee scheduling

A popular trend that has been emerging in retail is to have an “on-demand” workforce. In fact, one source reports that “82% of retailers are increasingly tapping into an on-demand workforce of independent, temporary, freelance or contingent workers.”

The reason why they are doing this is because demand for retail can be extremely inconsistent. Things like seasons, holidays, vacation periods, etc., can all impact retail demand. So, to counteract this inconsistent demand, retailers are looking for ways to increase their flexibility.

Mobile work schedule apps such as the NimbleSchedule app can help retail stores to be more flexible in their retail employee scheduling. With the NimbleSchedule retailer app, managers can allow their employees to participate in the scheduling process. Employees can swap shifts, or request shifts, or time off all from the convenience of their mobile device.

An employee schedule maker app can make retail scheduling much, much more flexible. Managers can simply let their employees know how many people will be needed for a specific time period, and then the employees can book this time independently. All the managers have to do is approve the schedules once they are set. This kind of scheduling flexibility can be extremely helpful for retail stores.

Karin Jakovljevic

About the author

Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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