Mobile technology can make life a lot easier for manufacturing and wholesale/distribution companies but, with so many options out there, how do you know what to consider?
Steps towards adopting mobile technology
First of all, it’s important to consider what you want to achieve through the use of mobile technology, and how mobile technology can help you reach your business goals. Are you looking for simple barcode scanning solutions to help you with inventory control, or do you need more complex technology to enable you to quote for sales orders and check stock levels remotely? Are there any specific apps you would need? What about the environment they will be used in – do you need rugged or waterproof devices?
It’s also important to consider the expertise of the partner you choose to help implement your solutions. Do they understand your working environment and how you can apply mobile technology solutions to maximise the return on your investment? Do their employees have engineering or warehouse backgrounds? Are they able to suggest solutions that will help you achieve your goals in the most cost-effective manner?
To maximise the benefits of mobile technology for manufacturing and wholesale/distribution companies, it’s important to carefully consider how you would apply the technology to your business. With functionality that can be applied to most areas of a business, whether that’s inventory control and logistics, production management, sales quotes and stock checking, or purchasing and operations, almost anything can be controlled using mobile apps.
Benefits of mobile technology
There are many potential benefits of mobile technology. Typically, automating processes through the use of mobile technology can reap real rewards in terms of time savings, which can have a significant impact on the bottom line.
Benefits include stock and inventory tracking, support for strategic decision making, time savings and process automation. The ability to continuously track raw materials through to finished goods throughout the production process using mobile technology reduces manual effort and waste. Being able to make decisions on the go, supported by real time data at your fingertips, creates a much more efficient workplace. Giving the sales team the ability to send out quotes to customers from mobile devices speeds up the sales process and enables orders to be fulfilled more quickly, contributing to positive customer experience.
Utilising modern technology supports digital transformation throughout the company, making processes as efficient as possible.
Modern business management software connected with mobile technology
To maximise efficiencies and optimise the use of mobile technology, it must be able to integrate with the ERP system and other software. An integrated ERP system, such as SAP Business One, supports the use of mobile technologies with apps that work across a wide range of devices, helping to streamline operations and processes, while providing real-time data at your fingertips wherever you are. For more information about how mobile technology integrated with SAP Business One can help manufacturing and wholesale/distribution companies automate their business processes, please contact us now.
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