Supply chain management is an essential part of any business, ensuring the right parts and products make their way into your business. Let’s apply some automation to the supply chain management process and see what happens.
Supply chain management is made up of many components and tasks. You have to monitor the performance of all of your shippers, suppliers, and warehouse workers to ensure you get the best deal on the products coming into your warehouse.
Manual supply chain management is not easy. It requires someone to always keep an eye out for low inventory levels and to ensure orders are received on time and in the right quantities. Doing all of this by hand dramatically increases the possibility of mistakes slipping through the cracks and incorrect orders not being caught and fixed in a timely manner. There’s no system in place to alert you when supply chains get disrupted and orders get delayed for whatever reason.
A business automation platform allows businesses to keep track of their supply chains and suppliers with greater ease and depth than they could ever do manually. It automatically records if shipments are received on schedule and how soon suppliers need to be paid for the orders received from them. It can also help with reconciling orders if items arrive damaged, in the wrong quantities, or if there are other discrepancies between what was ordered and what was received.
An automated supply chain management system offers numerous benefits. You can run detailed reports to track your suppliers’ performance over time and make sure you’re getting your orders accurately and on time. You can also track orders and quickly be alerted to problems if an order gets delayed or something else happens to throw off the expected delivery timetable. Nothing falls through the cracks or gets forgotten when it’s recorded in an automated system.
Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks, and small business. Fishbowl is the #1-requested manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies.