Finding the Best Supply Chain Management Software for Your Company
Need help determining which SCM software is the best for your needs? Our team suggests taking a holistic approach, with input from all stakeholders.
Key Takeaways in This Blog
- The software can help small businesses phase out manual processes
- Supply chain tools enable you to manage your supply chain end-to-end
- Network channel tools improve supply chain visibility and savings
Every company budgets for technology a little bit differently, but we still see companies looking to only their IT department when deliberating on how much to invest and best fit solution. However, it's important that every department is part of the process when selecting a new technology partner.
Not only should every team - Sales, Operations, Strategy, HR, Finance and IT - be at the table, they should prioritize technology partners that are eager to build lasting relationships with each team.
Instead of thinking about technology like something you buy and maintain, think about hiring a technology partner to do a job and deliver value for your organization. Invite them to have a seat at the table in your strategy sessions, talk to them about your plans to hire and retain top talent, and lean on them for best practices, education and technology advice.
Just like hiring for any other role, it’s important to have a well thought out job description, required skill set and success criteria when looking for a new partner. Take the time to get to know the team you’ll be working with before you hire them and make sure it’s a good fit for everyone.
Routeique Supply Chain Software
Whether you're just moving to digital supply chain tools, or are looking for a new solution, we've got you covered.
1. Supply Chain Management Software for Small Businesses
“More than half of transportation and logistics professionals still use a pen and paper to manage their supply chain” - Business Insider, 2019
“The days of pencil, paper and even spreadsheets are coming to an end. Data, digitization, technology and automation are bedrocks of successful supply chains and enable you to visualize in real-time your inventories, customer orders, production operations and more.” - FoodProcessing.com, 2021
Many of our clients in the earliest stages of their growth were still using solutions like pen and paper. While this may seem cost-effective, the lost time and difficulties in staying synchronized can cost you in the long run.
Even if you are just a one or two-person operation, it’s important to start laying the groundwork from the start if you have plans to grow.
For many smaller businesses, digital order capture and route planning are two straightforward solutions with a serious ROI. Using technology to simplify these tasks frees up hours of your team’s time each week. This allows you to fulfil more orders with the same amount of resources.
Still not convinced your business is ready to implement new technology? Click here to find out why it’s easier than you think.
2. End-To-End Supply Chain Management
“Many supply chain organizations can’t see the disruptions coming because information is fractured and disconnected.” - Gartner, 2021
“The next-gen of performance management systems delivers real-time, end-to-end transparency all through the supply chain.” - SCM Dojo, 2021
We’ve also talked to a number of medium to large businesses that use spreadsheets, email, and pen or paper in their day-to-day operations. At this phase, digitizing and connecting your supply chain is even more important than ever.
A digital transformation doesn’t just help your order desk, warehouse, and transportation teams carry out key tasks more efficiently. It allows you to track your operation in real time and provide you with the insights you need to make decisions effectively.
3. Expert Assistance to Choose and Optimize Logistics Software and Processes
“Supply chain leaders also must use new technologies to adapt to the ever-changing environment in which they’re operating.” - Gartner, 2021
With so many supply chain solutions out there, it can be difficult to choose the right option. There are many factors and price points to consider, not to mention the time that it takes to put a new solution in place.
Our consultations and analyses help de-risk the decision-making process. We help uncover areas to add efficiency and help review possible solutions. We also offer much more than our own technologies. We work with leading, award-winning partners. Their expertise in areas like ergonomics and dynamic routing extends the scope of the offerings we can provide.
At Routeique™, we also recognize that many companies need more than just a technology solution. That’s why we work hand-in-hand with our clients to find processes that help them become even more efficient. This can include everything from changing the warehouse layout to new process flows.
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4. Network Channel Tools to Improve Supply Chain Visibility and Savings
“A new study has found that supply chain visibility will be the highest priority for SCMs and logistics leaders as the world manoeuvres towards a post-COVID recovery, with predictive and prescriptive digital technology also high on the agenda.” - Supply Chain Digital, 2021
“Transportation Capacity Remains Tight: With unemployment numbers trending downward and COVID-19 vaccines shipping, truck freight will experience significant growth on the supply side in 2021.” - Inbound Logistics, 2021
Larger enterprises may have trouble maintaining and controls across their distribution network. Routeique™ allows companies to connect all distributors and private fleets in a single platform. This allows organizations to act like they own their entire network.
Our enterprise clients in the foodservice and distribution space improved supply chain visibility and gained significant savings with our supply chain orchestration tools.
Over the course of a year, the benefits for a large national food manufacturer using Routeique™ was:
- over a hundred thousand gallons of fuel saved
- over a million miles of wear and tear on trucks saved
- lower settlement times
- increased their perfect order rate across the network
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