Introduced first as a solution to hyper-urbanization, remote work has been imposed over the past few weeks as a solution for preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Traditionally, procurement departments don’t work remotely, so this is a good opportunity for organizations to discover new workflows and optimize their processes. Remote work actually has multiple benefits, including:
Now, willingly or not, procurement departments can take advantage of these benefits as well.
From procurement automation platforms to chat apps, video call apps, and resource sharing platforms, procurement departments have everything they need to continue work away from the office. Here are four types of tools that enable remote procurement:
There are chat apps for the workplace, and for personal messaging. Using the right app doesn’t just streamline communication within an organization; it also saves a lot of time.
According to Statista, 53% of organizations had adopted collaboration tools by 2016, and the number has been consistently increasing ever since. Benefits of work chat apps and collaboration tools include improved communication, streamlined workflow, increased productivity, increased accountability and enhanced project management.
For modern and innovative businesses, building and maintaining quality relationships with partners, suppliers, internal teams, investors, and customers is essential. Video conferencing boosts productivity, saves time, reduces travel expenses, and promotes overall collaboration.
Utilizing a simple, unified video conferencing solution with support for screen sharing allows teams to be more connected, productive, and engaged. It also:
Until recently, most organizations depended on in-house servers for storing their growing collection of files. Today, storing data online on cloud servers is increasingly common, as it allows unlimited storage. What’s more, the data can be easily accessed from anywhere in the world.
Benefits of resource-sharing apps like Google Drive and Dropbox include disaster recovery through cloud storage, protection against attacks and hardware failure, cost savings, easy sharing with suppliers and colleagues, and collaboration for purposes of accessing and editing files or documents.
Traditionally, the procurement process has required a great deal of manual effort. However, modern tools enable manufacturers to hand off many manual tasks to procurement automation solutions. In exchange, procurement-process improvement frees up valuable internal resources for decision-making and strategizing.
Procurement automation tools enable:
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