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Planzer Deploys Panasonic TOUGHBOOK Handhelds to Improve Scanning Capabilities


Swiss logistics company Planzer chose Panasonic TOUGHBOOK handhelds for their durability and fast, ergonomic scanning capabilities.

BRACKNELL, UK. 18th April 2019 – Planzer, the Swiss logistics company, has equipped its drivers with 2,000 rugged Panasonic TOUGHBOOK handhelds for use in transportation of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical goods, as well as parcel and overnight delivery services. The company, with 59 locations in Switzerland and nine more internationally, chose Panasonic TOUGHBOOK handhelds for their durability and fast, ergonomic scanning capabilities.

Planzer deploys Panasonic TOUGHBOOK handhelds
Planzer deploys Panasonic TOUGHBOOK handhelds

“We used to use ordinary consumer smartphones,” says Miguel Schiltknecht, Technical Project Manager at Planzer. “Many of them were badly damaged in no time. However, mobile devices are an integral part of our processes; we need them to support the traceability of goods during transportation, for communicating orders to drivers, and to obtain the customer’s digital signature when the goods are delivered. The drivers also use mobile devices to make phone calls as well as for email and navigation. So it’s a serious problem for us if one of them fails.”

Planzer pilot tested and then chose the Panasonic TOUGHBOOK handhelds, which have fully-ruggedised protection and a 4.7” screen, yet weigh less than 280g. They are certified to Military Standard 810G and can withstand being dropped from a height of up to 2.10 metres. The devices are also protected against the infiltration of water and dust to IP68 standards and still work reliably at temperatures as low as -20°C.

Lanso Vezhaparambil, National Transport Project Manager at Planzer, added “We’ve significantly reduced our costs for repairs, replacement devices, and the commissioning of reserve devices. And the integrated, ergonomically angled barcode scanner has dramatically increased our scan speeds. After a year’s experience with this product, we would definitely choose it again.”

The full Planzer case study can be downloaded here:

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  • Mobile Solutions Business Division helps mobile workers improve productivity with its range of Toughbook rugged notebooks, business tablets, handhelds and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. As European market leaders, Panasonic had a 57% revenue share of sales of rugged and durable notebooks and tablets in 2017 (VDC Research, March 2018).
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About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. The company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, has expanded globally and now operates 591 subsidiaries and 88 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Euro 61.4 billion for the year ended March 31, 2018. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: