The life of any top-level retail executive is hectic, but there’s a whole host of mobile app tools to help manage everyday tasks and ultimately boost efficiency.
From keeping track of to-do lists and meetings to eliminating paper receipts needed for expense reports, here are eight essential iOS and Android apps every retail exec should download — and actually use:
Evernote: This note-taking app can be a lifeline for retail executives. Whether in a meeting, on a train or unwinding on the couch at night, Evernote is a key platform for jotting down notes by voice, text or photos. In addition to housing a place for ideas, it keeps track of to-do lists and keeps you organized, without having to bug an assistant for calendar updates.
Bonus: Evernote is newly integrated with Livescribe, a Wi-Fi-enabled smartpen ($169.95), which records what you hear during meetings and syncs it up with the notes you take. (So if you tap the pen to notes at a later time, the recorded audio matches what was said at that time.) Because the Livescribe pen works with Evernote, users can access everything directly via the app.
Dragon Dictation: For execs who are more orators than pen-to-the-paper writers, Dragon Dictation is a speech-recognition app that translates what’s said into notes. So if there’s an hour to spare in the car to work on a speech, this app simplifies the process and serves as an on-the-go virtual secretary.
Dropbox: This cloud-based app syncs documents, photos and media files remotely, so dragging data from a PC or mobile platform to a Dropbox account allows users to access them while on the go. Dropbox is also shareable between users. Need to approve that document before it’s presented at a conference? Pop it into the app and make necessary changes without actually downloading data-sucking files.
Twitter: As Twitter CEO Dick Costolo recently said at a San Francisco tech conference, the biggest misconception about the micro-blogging site is “that you have to tweet t