How Is Mobile Technology Impacting The Food & Beverage Supply Chain?

4 areas of opportunity mobility brings


Let me preface this article by saying, while I appreciate the age of wearables - FitBits , Smart Watches, Apple Watches, and the like- that while I appreciate their convenience - I do believe that they have a place - but shouldn't be the only means of how you manage your data warehouse. IT business edge recently released a study that the use of wearable technology is on the rise, spurred by the launch of the Apple Watch. Forward-thinking enterprises are looking to wearables as another opportunity for mobile technology to drive greater efficiency, enhance communication and improve workflow. The launch of enterprise-focused wearable apps, such as Salesforce and Zoho, is pushing the adoption of WYOD (wear your own device) within enterprise organizations. In fact, research shows that more than 200 million wearables will be in use by 2018. As these devices grow in popularity, so do concerns over security. 86% of respondents expressed concern for wearables increasing exposure and risk to security issues. With enterprise-sensitive information now being transferred from wrist to wrist, it is advised that businesses should prepare early and create security policies and procedures regarding the use of wearables within the enterprise.

That being said, Mobile technology is positively affecting businesses across the globe, allowing for real-time data transmission, instant collaboration, and the ability to access key business metrics from just about anywhere.

With mobile supply chain applications, business owners in the food and beverage industry have greater insight into their everyday workflow – accessing data on the fly, enabling them to make better decisions faster. Let’s take a look at just how mobile technology is giving the food and beverage industry a leg up.

Real-Time Data Management

Real-time information means no duplicate data entry, better performance, and an increase in productivity. The ability to communicate information immediately, through mobile supply chain applications, allows staff members to simplify processes and catch issues before they escalate. With these applications, information no longer has to be collected and dispersed throughout singular points of contact. This freedom of information access allows for quicker reaction times, better management, and a more efficient supply chain.

Access from Anywhere

‘Access from anywhere’ are three little words that can revolutionize a business. Mobile management helps staff members increase productivity, and provides them with remote control over activities. With effective mobile supply chain software, business owners and staff can move about without losing sight of key metrics. This allows business executives to keep an eye on supply and demand, and make decisions to keep a balance between the consumer’s needs and the producer’s capacity.

Empowered Workers

Mobile management helps staff members increase productivity and allows them remote control over important activities, whether they are on location or off. With information that can be accessed by every individual throughout the mobile supply chain, every staff member has the ability to make adjustments, disseminate data, and respond to changing conditions. This empowers the entirety of the team and takes the onus off of singular individuals to ensure that overall productivity is maintained. With access to these applications through smartphones and tablets, workers are can manage, organize, and communicate data while they are on-the-go.

Cost Effectiveness

Mobile supply chain software allows for better visibility of the entire production process, offering better efficiency and control on inventory, delivery, and tracking. The ability to track a product from processing to customer delivery allows businesses to streamline workflow and ensure maximum control over costs. With the ability to provide more reliable service, communicate tracking data to the consumer, and gather electronic signatures and digital images, much of the supplier-to-consumer information can be communicated effortlessly and automatically.

Better Compliance

Compliance is an important facet of a healthy food and beverage supply chain. Mobile apps can help both consumers and business owners verify compliance with best practices, regulations, and industry standards. With the ability to keep contact with drivers and monitor deliveries, compliance and safety standards can be reviewed. The concrete data provided by mobile supply chain software allows compliance to be easily proven and delivered to both regulatory bodies and the general public.

Software applications allow food and beverage distributors to keep a closer eye on the entirety of their business, from any location. This mobile management helps staff members increase productivity, and allows them remote control over activities. Better transparency and automated checks and balances help increase compliance; automated communication and reliable tracking helps increase cost effectiveness throughout the supply chain; access to data from anywhere empowers workers by allowing them to make informed decisions; and real-time data keeps all employees up to speed on every aspect of the supply chain, from initial production all the way to final delivery.

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