Los Angeles, CA
Webalo, the high-productivity mobile app development platform, and Bell Nursery, the prime nursery provider of annuals and perennials to more than 170 Home Depot stores, announced today the launch of a new, enterprise mobile product for Supply Chain & Inventory Management (SCIM). Webalo SCIM is a customized version of Webalo’s mobile app development platform, designed to meet the needs of manufacturers retailers and wholesalers looking to bring real-time supply chain management capabilities to the mobile devices of their employees and partners. The new product incorporates Bell’s custom-developed task list, which the nursery company created to enhance its own use of Webalo.
Optimized for use with operational data from assets deployed throughout the supply chain and enterprise ERP systems, Webalo SCIM enables companies to quickly and easily deploy secure, mobile apps that enable businesses to track and manage their inventory from manufacturing source through to customer checkout – all in real time. The solution is particularly useful for companies in the perishable goods space where real-time inventory management is crucial to limiting waste.
"Using Webalo, we've been able to cut inventory waste by 50 percent, while also ensuring Home Depot customers always have access to the plants they want, wherever they’re shopping," said Joe Perret, vice president at Bell. "We grow more than 90 million annuals, 5 million perennials and 1 million poinsettias each year and Webalo, which is used by hundreds of our employees, has become a critical part of managing inventory all the way through our supply chain."
Webalo SCIM grew out of Bell’s longtime use of Webalo for managing its inventory through the supply chain, ensuring the right inventory mix across 178 Home Depot stores in seven states and the District of Columbia. Today’s launch enables other manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers to gain access to Bell’s expertise and custom Webalo features to realize similar efficiencies throughout their own supply chains.
According to a 2014 Gartner survey, "Next year, 79% of the organizations surveyed plan to increase spending on mobile development by 36%, and many will explore new technology and sourcing options.1" Gartner also stated, "By 2018, more than half of all business-to-employee (B2E) mobile apps will be created by enterprise business analysts using codeless tools.2" Webalo provides this codeless app-creation capability, enabling organizations to easily create enterprise mobile apps that provide instant, bi-directional mobile access to all types of enterprise applications.
Webalo seamlessly integrates and interoperates with enterprise applications and data from vendors such as IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and Salesforce.com as well as in-house custom built applications. Uniquely, Webalo also provides out-of-the-box integration with all of the major Enterprise Mobility Management infrastructure tools, such as those from BlackBerry, Citrix, Good Technology, IBM, MobileIron, VMware and Symantec, thereby making it easy for IT to ensure data security, provide protection against unauthorized access, and deploy and manage Webalo-generated mobile apps with complete confidence. Webalo is used in a broad range of industries by a diverse set of customers including GE, The National Health Service (UK) and Wells Fargo.
"Webalo enables data gathered from products tracked throughout the supply chain to be analyzed in combination with other data sources to deliver new, actionable, insights in real time," said Webalo CEO Peter Price. "With the launch of Webalo SCIM we continue to deliver on our mission to dramatically increase business productivity by enabling employees to make better, more informed decisions."
Webalo is a high-productivity mobile app development platform that combines rapid access to back-end systems with the automatic generation of mobile applications for corporations to deliver more apps, more quickly, at a dramatically lower cost, while ensuring the highest degrees of enterprise security and governance. Webalo runs on all major platforms, including Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones, tablets, and desktop devices. For more information, visit the company's website at www.webalo.com.
About Bell Nursery
Bell Nursery is the largest wholesale nursery grower in the mid-Atlantic, and 11th largest in the nation, based on production space. Bell and its Network growers produce and ship approximately 100 million plants each year, including annuals, perennials and poinsettias. Bell plants are sold exclusively at The Home Depot in seven states and the District of Columbia. Bell is online at www.bellnursery.com.
1 Gartner. "Survey Analysis: Enterprise Mobile App Development Spend Is Increasing, While Platform Choice Remains Tactical." October 14, 2014.
2 Gartner. "Gartner Market Guide for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools." November 19, 2014.