As a child, you spent pleasant afternoons lying on your back, in awe of the clouds and their ambiguous shapes. Fast forward 20 years later and the Cloud is now your most up-to-date source of information for all things logistics, distribution and inventory oriented. Cloud computing is the shared software and information that users access via the web. Rather than storing information on a physical server or computer hard drive, users rely on servers that are maintained by the cloud computing software provider. This information is available 24/7 via multiple devices (i.e. smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc.) Also known as SaaS (Software as a Service) or on-demand solutions, the use of cloud computing in supply chain management increased 40% last year; and experts predict this trend to continue in 2013.
With instantaneous info the standard, cloud computing has transformed supply chain management. In tandem with the Cloud, traceability (the recording of lot and batch numbers) and serialization (traceability of a unique item) have enhanced accuracy, product quality and theft prevention. Similar to tracking your most recent Amazon purchase, these strategies can provide real-time in-depth information on the unit’s departure, ETA, internal components and the unique batch of materials used to make it.
Not only does cloud computing keep the lines of communication open but makes our relationship with clients completely transparent. By providing convenient access to the details, our customers can find peace-of-mind knowing they are involved and informed in the logistics process. Even more so, our team utilizes data derived from the Cloud—time studies, customer feedback, etc.—to discover more efficient processes and cost-efficient practices to better suit each client’s needs.
To learn more about our on-demand supply chain solutions, visit www.excellenceindustries.com or call 813.870.0340.