Mobile supply chain apps are an emerging trend that we can’t deny. Their effects are numerous, and only going to grow in the next few years. “It’s estimated that there will be 200 billion smart devices in use by 2020, which means that these devices will outnumber people by a ratio of 26 to one.”
Mobile supply chain apps provide organizations with real-time visibility. In a supply chain, goods are constantly moving. For managers and other workers to be effective, they need to know where goods are at all times. When you use mobile apps, this info is readily available.
On mobile, we begin to break down the geographical barrier in the supply chain. Whether this is communication with suppliers across the globe, or with truckers on the road, mobile apps make this communication flow more smooth. In other words, disconnect between parts of the supply chain is lessened when communication availability is increased.
With mobile apps, you can take work on-the-go. Thus, there is no need to be in the office to make changes and advance goods down the supply chain. Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re at a trade show or on the road talking to clients. When they want to place an order, you can do it on the spot. As a result, you can get goods where they need to be ASAP with minimal delay.
You can track dynamically on individual goods or for full truck loads. Thus, any potential setbacks can be seen in advance and a mitigation plan can be put in place immediately. Don’t let roadblocks (literally, or figuratively) get in the way of your deliveries.
For warehouse workers, mobile apps mean hands-free operations. So, no more fiddling with a pen and clipboard, when you’re trying to pick an order. Mobile apps allow workers to focus on the job at hand and increase their effectiveness.
Mobile apps have already begun making huge waves in the supply chain industry. In the upcoming year, we will only see further efficiency improvements coming from these apps. Making the change now can save time later, and start improving your operations immediately.