8 Mobile Apps for Global Business Professionals

January 24, 2011
By Michelle Kelley

Mobile devices are changing the way we work and play. Check out these 8 amazing apps for iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry devices that are sure to help simplify your life as a global business professional.

For iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch:

Delivery Status touch, a package tracker (iPhone/iPad, $4.99 Buy/more info)

Delivery Status touch helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive. The main view shows the latest status of your packages, and counts down to the estimated delivery date. Tap a delivery for more information, and if you like you can view the shipping company’s web page, or see where your packages are on a map. Supports more than 25 services, including UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, TNT, Canada Post, City Link, Royal Mail, DPD, and many more. You can also track orders from Amazon, Apple, Adobe, and Google Checkout, even before they ship. (Some services are limited to specific countries, visit junecloud.com/services for details.)

Pallet Ti Hi (iPod, iPhone, iPad, $19.99 Buy/more info)

This app helps you to figure out the best way to layout and pack boxes on your pallet. Works with any size box, pallet, and shipping container size.

Dimensional Weight Calculator (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, $0.99 Buy/more info)

If your package is over a certain size, the courier (Fedex, UPS) will charge you based on the physical dimensions of the package instead of its actual weight. This app will calculate the dimensional weight of your package in lbs or kg.

For Android:

Container Number Verifier (For Android, FREE Install/more info)

Verify your container number under the rules of ISO 6346.
ISO 6346 is an international standard managed by the International Container Bureau (BIC) for coding, identification and marking of intermodal containers (shipping containers) used within intermodal freight transport as part of containerization. It establishes an identification system with:
an owner code, commonly known as BIC code, an equipment category identifier, a serial number, and a check digit.

Bluetooth Barcode Scanner (For Android, $1.49 Buy/more info)

This app turns your phone into a remote product scanner for your computer. Scan barcodes and send them instantly to an inventory program, spreadsheet, webpage, etc. Avoid buying an expensive hand-held scanner.

For Blackberry

Mobile Package Tracker (For Blackberry, $4.99 Buy/more info)

Track packages from over 18 shipping carriers (Fedex, UPS, USPS, DHL, etc.). Other features include personalized shipping carrier list, add/delete tracking number, label package, and the ability to email tracking information.

BB Currency (For Blackberry, $2.99 Buy/more info)

A simple currency converter that covers almost every currency. Exchange rates are updated daily to the device (requires internet connection). Offline conversion is also available. You can also email rates to yourself and others. A handy app for any global business professional.

Flight Track (For Blackberry, $4.99 Buy/more info)

Track every aspect of your domestic and international flights with real-time updates and live flight tracking maps. Covers 1,400 airlines and 4,000 airports across the globe. Get updates on gates, delays, and cancellations so you can book an alternate flight.