The subject of robotics in production and distribution has been dominated by fear, hyperbole and misunderstanding. Critics of the technology would have us believe that robots are poised to take over the workplace, with little or no role for humans. So what are the real prospects for robotics in the supply chain?
Apprise Software Inc., a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply-chain management software for consumer goods companies, has created a new version of Apprise Mobile, its mobile sales-management application.
Enterprise resource planning software is a must-have for manufacturers today. The business management software system, usually consisting of a number of integrated applications, is ubiquitous across the manufacturing arena and many other business verticals. Until fairly recently this software was almost always held on-premise, using servers on-site. But the growth of the cloud and cloud-hosted software solutions in general has had its effect on ERP, and most large vendors (and many smaller ones too) now offer ERP solutions in a variety of deployment options, including on-premises, cloud, and hybrid (a combination of both).
The digital economy is putting pressure on traditional supply chain models to conform to the "now" generation. To avoid disruption, companies must give customers what they want, when they want it and how they want it.
Anyone managing a supply chain has to have a good head for logistics, coordinating a number of sources in manufacturing or procurement, negotiating for the best supplies at the best prices, and navigating a maze of partners on all levels. This means an extensive amount of time taken for inventory and cataloguing.