New technologies being developed are promising a huge improvement in core business functions from planning to production as well as delivery to the final consumer. The supply chain, being one of the core components of productivity, has adopted these innovations to ensure efficiency and safety in its transport operations.
Transport Management Software (TMS) helps managers computerize the entire supply chain. This module integrates shipping and tracking systems so that operations can be managed centrally (Olga, 2013). Managers can easily monitor shipping and invoicing in real-time using smartphones, tablets, and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. The TMS enables managers to consolidate stock data, control shipping, and prepare required documents from the comfort of their offices. Necessary adjustments can be made on the fly to forestall disruptions in the supply chain. Similarly, errors are reduced and thus efficiency and safety is improved.
Anomalies can occur when merchandise is being transported. The loss of order on transit negatively impacts on the company as it has to bear all the costs. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can help a firm to efficiently monitor goods on transit. RFID chips are placed on all items being transported (Caldwell, 2010) to enable real-time monitoring while in the supply line.
The availability of new and advanced weighing technologies has also improved transportation safety. The innovative on-board truck scales can measure the payload weight (Jacob & Beaumelle, 2010) and the truck’s gross weight. This ensures that a truck carries its maximum load and guarantee safety during transportation.
In conclusion, businesses adopting technology in supply management will simplify their processes. These technologies will help firms minimize costs as well as mitigate risks unavoidable in the delivery process. Such innovations will as well help firms stay ahead of the competition. The greatest advantage is that the innovations are so many in number thereby giving each firm an opportunity to choose one within is budget.
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