Supply & Demand Chain Executive Names Rugged Tablet PC Provider MobileDemand In its 2012 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

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MobileDemand xTablet T8700 Rugged Tablet PC saves time, increases productivity and improves Accuracy for a leader in the railroad industry. Norfolk Southern uses 1200 MobileDemand xTablet Tablet PCs to improve in-transit visibility.

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RIT is an important development for NS customers and employees. Our customers get timely, accurate information when they want it, and our crews have a tool that helps them be more productive.

Tablet PC provider MobileDemand, in collaboration with Norfolk Southern Corporation, has been named in the 11th annual listing of the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s “100 Great Supply Chain Projects.” Norfolk Southern, a leader in the railroad industry, is using approximately 1,200 MobileDemand xTablet T8700s to improve their in transit visibility in a 2 year deployment for 11 divisions, over the 2011 and 2012 calendar years.

Norfolk Southern’s GPS based In Transit Visibility solution, Remote Intelligent Terminal (RIT), is part of their Track 2012 process, a plan to significantly improve all aspects of the company’s business. As crews arrive at a customer location, they receive automatic updates on which cars they will work with and their locations. That data is then transmitted into Norfolk Southern’s Thoroughbred Yard Enterprise System using a MobileDemand docking station in crew rooms and a land line or wireless transmission.

Prior to RIT implementation, Norfolk Southern crews recorded information on paper and faxed it to centralized yard operations at the end of the workday. RIT on the xTablet 8700 saves time over conventional methods and ensure more accurate and accessible data reporting.

“RIT is an important development for NS customers and employees. Our customers get timely, accurate information when they want it, and our crews have a tool that helps them be more productive,” said Norfolk Southern’s Brad Fitzgerald, director OSS (Operation Support Services).

Through an online submission process, Supply & Demand Chain Executive collected information on supply chain transformation projects, including information on the objectives, scope, timeline and results of the project. The submissions were evaluated by the magazine's editorial staff primarily based on: ambitiousness/scope of the project; creative application of technologies/solutions/services used; extent of the business results/impact; and clarity of submission.

"Our goal with this year's '100' is to put the spotlight on successful and innovative transformation projects that are delivering bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the different functions that comprise the supply chain," Hochfelder added. "The projects featured in the '100' article can serve as a roadmap for supply chain executives looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations."

After receiving nomination forms, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive editorial staff identified applicants that best fit the stated criteria for the "100." The complete listing of the 2012 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 award winners will be available at on May 2. Extended coverage of the SDCE100 will appear in the June 2012 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine and online thereafter.

About MobileDemand

MobileDemand is a leading provider of rugged tablet computers used by mobile workers in Field Service, Food and Beverage Distribution, Manufacturing, Retail, Hospitality, Agriculture, Utilities, Military and Public Sector. MobileDemand is also the #1 provider of rugged tablet computers used in transportation in the United States. xTablet Rugged Tablet PC systems improve operational efficiency and allow mobile workers to make better business decisions at the point of interaction. They provide ultra-mobility and versatility and are built military rugged to withstand harsh environments. They offer a high resolution, all-light readable touch screen, functionality of a full Microsoft Windows 7 OS and the power of an Intel processor to deliver performance at a lower cost and enable greater efficiency and productivity in the field. MobileDemand: Guaranteed Productivity. Additional information about MobileDemand is available at

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