Kindle Fire and iPad Beat Laptops as Top Tech Gifts
When PriceGrabber conducted a winter shopping survey and asked consumers whether they would rather receive a tablet computer or laptop as a holiday gift this year, a resounding 79 percent sang the praises of tablets.
Consumers stated that they are partial to tablets’ touchscreens and smartphone-esque multimedia features but the top reasons for the preference come down to portability and weight.
Tablet brands have always leveraged the size of the devices as an asset. Amazon boasts that with a 7-inch screen and weight of 14.6 ounces, the Kindle Fire is “small enough to fit in your purse and light enough to hold in just one hand.”
According to the survey:
· 79% of consumers would rather receive a tablet than laptop computer
· 83% of these consumers preferred to receive the Apple iPad or iPad 2 versus other tablets
· 72% of shoppers believe tablet computers will replace e-readers as gifts
· 62% of consumers prefer the Apple iPad compared to other e-readers; 27% chose the Amazon Kindle
It’s no surprise that those surveyed prefer Apple, as the iPad has dominated the market since its release in 2010. But there’s a reason Amazon’s Kindle has been gaining popularity. For one thing, the Kindle Fire costs $300 less than an iPad, which is a significant price difference in a crowded market. An iPad will set you back at least $499 while the Kindle Fire costs only $199. Normally a large price difference is justified by a huge increase in quality and capabilities, but in the case of the Kindle, you don’t have to sacrifice computing activities to save money. The Kindle Fire is an excellent portal for a wealth of content and software with the added bonuses of unlimited cloud storage and nonstop streaming.
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Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.