Exploring the Benefits and Potential of RPA in Logistics
Robotic process automation (RPA) in logistics is set to optimize specific areas of the supply chain and help gain higher ROI.
RPA is automating manual administrative processes, drafting emails when required, generating reports in real-time, checking inventory and reordering products.
1. THE EVOLUTION OF LOGISTICS
The concept of logistics came into existence long ago, during the period when the ancient Roman and Greek wars took place. Back then, Rome developed an efficient logistics system that enabled the safe movement of military resources to the personnel on the frontlines. While logistics is still used for military purposes, it is also widely used for producing and delivering commercial products or services today. Put simply, logistics refer to the transfer of goods or services to the destination at the right time and in proper condition. Logistics management involves devising and appropriately executing transportation and warehouse activities to ensure timely delivery. Logistics managers need to actively track the movement of the goods, right from its origin to the destination, to control the overall processes effectively. In addition, they are also expected to look out for prospective merchandisers for enabling efficient management of logistics operations. And, as the prime goal is to satisfy customer needs and expectations, the logistics landscape has become even more challenging and complicated today. The success of logistics management depends on how well the administrative work is carried out. Every stakeholder needs to be on the same page, which means that every detail should be updated and taken care of in real-time. Though it seems pretty easy, managing all these processes is quite complex. Especially because a majority of logistics companies still rely on paperwork. The manual method of taking care of back-office processes is not only repetitive but also cumbersome. Plus, humans can cause unwanted or unexpected errors while performing their tasks. And these human errors can potentially harm a logistics company’s bottom line. Now imagine — what if logistics companies automate their labor-intensive processes with the help of modern-day technologies? One such technology that has proved its ability to automate manual operations is RPA. Implementing RPA in logistics can be a feasible solution for the industry, enabling companies to get rid of their paperwork.
2. BENEFITS OF RPA
Before we jump to the idea of how exactly RPA makes sense to logistics, let’s first clarify what RPA is and what benefits it offers in general.