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Enterprise Mobility is the Key to Improved Supply Chain Performance

The supply chain industry worldwide is presently going through some testing times.

The ongoing volatile economic conditions have brought in forefront imposing challenges like:

  • Slender margins and greater competitions
  • Reduced product life-cycle
  • Increased customer expectations

Developing a streamlined and leaner supply chain is the primary need of the time to overcome all these challenges.

Enterprise Mobility

The concept of Enterprise mobility has brought on a paradigm shift in the functioning of the supply chain industry. Mobility allows the supply chain professionals to access significant data and information at any point of time and at any place. This enhances the worker’s productivity by making them equally productive round the clock irrespective of their place. These benefits are just a small fraction of the immense potential that enterprise mobility offers to the supply chain industry. Experts are predicting that this emerging technology would be able to fundamentally transform organizations, supply chains, and markets when its full potential is realized.

Mobility in Supply Chain

In an industry where quick and cost effective transportation of goods is the only fundamental criteria for success, mobility aids exactly that and more. Mobile devices and applications have become an integral part of the supply chain, logistics, and transportation professionals in their bid to stay connected and manage their supply chain from anywhere. The advanced devices and applications even facilitate asset and shipment tracking, execution of transactions, and collaboration with partners.

The main benefits of mobility in supply chain are:

  • Improved supply chain functionality
  • Improved productivity & efficiency of the workers
  • Improved supply chain performance
  • Reduced cost
  • Improved customer service leading to competitive advantage

Impact of Mobility in Supply Chain Management Process

Warehousing & Distribution Management Process

The importance of mobility first came into limelight through the usage of hand held mobile computers in warehouses and distribution centers. The benefits of mobility in end to end warehousing and distribution processes are:

  • Improved throughput, productivity, and elimination of out of stock issues throughprocess automation
  • Real time inventory visibility leading to better inventory optimization and asset utilization
  • Reduction in errors, cost, and handling time
  • Efficient returns management
  • Decreased usage time and hence wear and tear of material handling equipments
  • Increased order and shipping accuracy, and decreased packing cost
  • Improved order fulfillment, vehicle utilization and driver productivity leading to better customer satisfaction
  • Longer asset life cycle, reduced total cost of ownership and increased return on investments

Transportation Management Process

Enterprise mobility solutions provide real time visibility of the entire transportation process and connect all the assets and resources involved in the processes to the central business system, thereby enabling:

  • Increased speed and efficiency
  • Elimination of time consuming paper works
  • Real time exception management
  • Optimized asset utilization
  • Increased Energy efficiency
  • Real-time proof of delivery

Yard Management

  • Improved load sequencing and gate throughput
  • Increased productivity
  • Superior workforce management
  • Better asset management

Labor Management

  • Increased visibility of workforce productivity
  • Identification of performance metrics
  • Regular automated feedbacks
  • Better management and resource planning

Challenges

In the partner ecosystem of the supply chain industry it is highly improbable for an organization to standardize their mobile device and platform. Achieving flexibility in terms of using mobile devices and platforms is one of the biggest challenges of implementing a successful mobile supply chain strategy. Developing a mobile supply chain platform based on the business and employee needs and which is open and interoperable with a wide range of client devices and application systems should be the primary objective of an organization. An economical, device-neutral, application friendly platform is what every organization primarily needs.

It can be concluded that by developing a flexible and easy to integrate platform for mobilizing the supply chain an organization can surely improve customer service, reduce order cycle time, and improve growth rate in terms of sales and revenue.

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