Unifying processes could be key to smart supply chain management

The last thing supply chain managers need when establishing a data management system is more complications. With dynamic application solutions, overseers can address problems without forcing users through multiple logins and separate programs for each device. Ideally, the right approach will support the different devices and computers, while leaving room to incorporate more devices in the future.

Part of the need for a stronger, more coherent means of accessing supply chain data is the increasing way that this information impacts other areas of the company. In an article for Manufacturing.net, Randy Marble says that employees shouldn't have to wait until an urgent moment to hunt for the information they need spread out across different systems. Instead, keeping necessary data accessible at all times will help businesses build a better means of warehouse management.

Lori Smith also supports this sentiment in an article for the 21st Century Supply Chain blog. She called the lack of integrated processes the "#1 supply chain software roadblock."

"The industry talks about capabilities in isolation, yet the value is in the combination of them," she said. "Too many speak about bringing functions together when they should be talking about running them as one. We want the whole, but we think we can get there by putting disparate pieces together."

Use a web based terminal emulator for easy access to the screens you need to conduct business. By parsing necessary information into the commonly used HTML format, any device with a browser can enjoy the same functions and data, creating a stronger, more direct information pipeline throughout your company.