Despite the benefits of digital supply chain technology, not all companies have adopted these powerful supply chain tools. Often, they hold off due to concerns about costs, employee buy-in, or how long the new tools will take to implement.
We understand: whether the spectre of high costs has led you to hold off on adding new technology to your operation, you're "haunted" by that time you invested in a solution only to have a lack of employee buy-in, or you find the idea of a complicated or time-consuming setup process the stuff of nightmares, there are many reasons why adopting new supply chain technology can seem challenging. But don't worry: there are ways to address each one of these key concerns.
Worried It Will Be Too Costly? Don't Forget To Factor In The Savings You'll Gain.
For many businesses, costs can be a significant reason for avoiding upgrading to a new solution. The fear of large up-front expenses can, understandably, be a reason to stick with tried-and-true pen and paper options or with a legacy system.
However, digitizing your supply chain may come with some start-up costs, over time, you will find savings in a variety of areas.
For example, the Routeique™ Route Optimizer enabled a mid-sized distribution company to achieve:
- a 25% reduction in mileage
- a 25% increase in time savings on deliveries
- savings of over $100 000 over twelve months
- a reduced environmental footprint
Similarly, Logistics Manager notes that one company, which handled 10k orders across three warehouses, was able to "cut some of its prices by up to 45% following a migration from paper-based manual sortation to a cloud-based WMS." Additionally, they saw a 20% reduction in customer queries to their service support team due to an automated 'ready for shipping' notification.
Concerned Your Team Isn't Enthused About Getting A New System? Foster Employee Buy-In Through Communication.
We know that some business owners or managers are concerned about employee buy-in. However, there are a few easy ways to make sure that you choose a solution that works for your team day-to-day while also helping you meet your broader business goals.
Common reasons why teams don't “buy in” include:
- not being consulted
- the feeling that the solution does not offer clear benefits or value
- they prefer the existing workflow to the new workflow
If you consult your team during the research phase, many of these issues can be avoided, and you can select technology that improves and enhances your team's existing workflows, in addition to adding to visibility and ease of record-keeping.
Additionally, while many supply chain tools offer benefits at the aggregate level, they are extremely beneficial for team members as well, and this can be highlighted.
- Comprehensive metric-tracking makes it easy to reward employees for their performance and ensure their efforts are recognized when they contribute to key milestones.
- Our Inventory Management App works just as quickly as using a pen and paper, adds even more efficiency when you consider the fact that it cuts down on administrative tasks. Our team routinely tested our app for use in picking and packing situations, to ensure that mirrors existing workflows and perfectly fits teams' needs.
Don't Want Overly Complex Or Lengthy Set-Up Procedures? Opt For A System That's Convenient And Straightforward.
Another barrier to adopting supply chain technology is the idea that implementing can be difficult or challenging, or that you will not receive sufficient customer support.
However, many supply chain solutions are easy to add to your existing tools and straightforward to get started with.
- All of our inventory and delivery management apps can easily be used on any iOS and Android device, and our Digital Control Tower and Yard Management tools can easily be accessed via a desktop browser.
- Our team offers an extensive collection of online articles outlining how to use all of our features, step-by-step video tutorials, a live support chat, and more.
- Our software easily integrates with your existing system, providing you with both convenience and visibility.
Putting It All Together
In conclusion, enhancing your supply chain operations through technology doesn't have to be complicated; it's easy to find options that more than pay for themselves, are easy to implement, and which are useful and beneficial for all team members.
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