Fleet management: Mobile workforce automation

Fleet management: Retriever Communications, a provider of mobile workforce automation, has announced Paperbark, an easy-to-use mobile enterprise solution for creating and managing electronic forms. This highly adaptable application allows users to remotely interact with and capture data against corporate forms, straight from their mobile device.

Paperbark's flexibility allows enterprise users to configure the app to meet their specific needs in a matter of hours. Non-IT staff can easily update or create e-forms to replace existing paper forms. E-forms are placed into the Paperbark solution and made accessible to authorized users or groups securely via the mobile app. Mobile users are then able to use the electronic forms which seamlessly capture important data and deliver them to backend systems, streamlining processes, and reducing wasteful double entry that comes with paper-based forms.

Retriever is also proud to announce LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ: LOJN), a provider of vehicle theft recovery and advanced fleet management solutions, is the first to deploy Paperbark in the United States. Configuring the app to assist with sales, LoJack® Fleet Management powered by TomTom representatives can now use on-demand e-forms on their mobile device to capture dynamic data and provide prospects with immediate Return on Investment information about mobile platforms they are considering for implementation.

"For our sales team, the ability to instantly provide a prospective customer with Return on Investment information that would lead to an informed purchasing decision is invaluable," said Ryan Crandell, National Business Director at LoJack. "In today's fast-paced sales environment, customers want to see how new systems can save money and grow their business. While this tool can be helpful to show Return on Investment information, it can also show how prospects can use this electronic forms product to streamline their own processes and reduce costs in their own operations."

Using Paperbark, the LoJack sales representative can choose between various forms, submit data collected about the prospect's business to the Retriever Service where a customer-specific Return on Investment report is automatically generated and emailed back immediately to be presented to the prospect within the same conversation.

Additional benefits of Paperbark include:

Elimination of paper forms: Replaces paper-based processes allowing businesses to minimize the costs associated with form distribution, collection and data entry

Sophisticated e-form version control: Ensures employees are using the most up-to-date forms, with updates pushed out to the application automatically

Increased capabilities: Captures data such as photos, GPS locations, time stamps, barcode scans and can provide immediate reporting once a form is submitted

Branding facilitation: Highly configurable, businesses can make the solution their own by inserting their logos and color schemes into the mobile app and into any reports created

Increased access: Forms are always available to the user, regardless of coverage as they are stored on the local mobile client.

"Paperbark is great for businesses that are looking for a fully flexible electronic forms solution without having to invest massive amounts of time or money," said Mary Brittain-White, CEO, Retriever Communications. "What is also attractive about Paperbark, is its availability on every major platform as a native app: iOS, Android and Windows, making it a perfect fit for businesses implementing a BYOD strategy."

About Retriever Communications
Retriever Communications has been providing field force automation technology internationally since 1996. Privately-held with corporate headquarters in Sydney, Australia and North American headquarters in Houston, Texas. Retriever's wireless field solutions improve productivity and automate data collection processes for companies with field operations -- Operators to Service Companies in Energy, Engineering, Manufacturing, Petroleum, and Utilities.

Retriever Communications is a Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award winner in the category of Industrial Mobility and Gartner Field Service Management Magic Quadrant participant.

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