The use of Mobile Supply Chain Software is growing across a range of industries, including delivery services, clinical laboratory, and specimen transport, product and parts distribution, freight forwarding, air transport, facilities management, waste services, equipment rental, and more.
Mobile supply chain software provides visibility and traceability of the entire mobile supply chain network—each distribution center, business and end-user. Whether or not you’re currently using supply chain software for your delivery & distribution processes, you may want to consider the following best practices listed below.
Consider Software as a Service (SaaS) or “Software on Demand” Delivery Model
Software as a Service offers a fast, easy implementation process without the burdens of software maintenance, ongoing operation or support. A SaaS model also allows products to scale easily and cost-effectively to meet your business needs.
- Automatic upgrades & minimal support are required from your team
- Limited maintenance costs
- Easily accessible via an internet connection – connect anytime, anywhere
- Rapid deployment – get up and running quickly without installing servers, etc.
- Scalable to meet your changing business needs – get instant access to your software suppliers’ new offerings based on their customer’s evolving needs
Removing Paper & Paper Processing
By eliminating paper, your invoice reconciliation is streamlined and billing cycles automated.
- Reduce the high costs and errors associated with manual data entry
- Decrease lost orders and invoices
- Shorten processing times, improving customer service and DSO
- Increase invoice reconciliation
- Quickly acknowledge and verify receipt of documents
- Keep drivers organized and efficient by removing paper manifests
Going Mobile – Utilize Proof of Delivery & Signature Capture
A proof of delivery process is essential to ensure customer orders are accurate, received and items are accounted for. The last mile of the supply chain is the most important because it is the point where value is generated for the customer. Having the ability to capture data, and verifying a business transaction is completed is vital to customer satisfaction, timely invoice reconciliation, and remaining competitive.
- Decrease inaccurate orders
- Reduce delivery errors and provide accountability
- Reduce the cost of lost items and credits
What Hardware Will be Required?
Look for hardware and network-independent solutions. This means there is no need to purchase new hardware or new network licenses if you already have a system in place. Software solutions should be hardware agnostic and support a wide variety of mobile devices and operating systems.