How Business Process Automation is Changing Logistics Management
Last Updated Aug 2, 2023
In today’s logistics landscape, automation is the name of the game.
From figuring out ways to reduce waste to coming up with ways to improve supply chain functions, businesses are always looking for ways to streamline or outsource more difficult operations and tasks.
Business Process Automation (BPA) is the process in which an organization improves efficiency, provides transparency, and automates more routine or redundant processes.
Almost all businesses are now beginning to improve the efficiency of their day-to-day operations by integrating these types of solutions.
For example, businesses are now automating processes like payroll, BOL invoicing, inventory reporting and much more.
In today’s article, we are going to review several ways in which BPA improves the efficiency of some of the most important supply chain functions in particular.
Business Automation Reduces Overall Errors
Believe it or not, a majority of the errors that occur in the supply chain are actually avoidable.
Automation helps to fix many basic errors, such as ensuring deliveries are made on time and reducing the number of missed delivery attempts.
It also gives you the opportunity to automate contract negotiations right from your TMS or other synced platforms. More than that, though, by automating tasks from within your software platforms, you can also automate updates for said platform. Updating or upgrading logistics software is absolutely critical and failure to do so can yield disastrous results.
And that’s not to mention the reduction of clerical errors that happens when none of these tasks are completed manually by a human worker.
Improves the Flexibility of Scalability
BPA also helps shippers to scale and grow their processes.
Most of the time, automated platforms are designed with a focus on the experience it will provide for the user. Thus, these systems are user-friendly and adjusted according to the comfort level of each user. This is what we call user-flexibility.
But it doesn’t stop there.
In the shipping industry, there are ebbs and flows of business. Some seasons see higher shipping volumes and increased profits. While others see only decrease or stagnant numbers.
A well-rounded automation solution can and should provide enough for it to grow along with your business. It should be able to handle more tasks overtime without being overwhelmed as your company grows. In other words, it needs to be able to keep up with your growth.
Fortunately, the majority of BPA platforms on the market provide this.
Whether it be shipping notifications that automatically get sent to customers or increasing freight routing capabilities, automation gives the user the flexibility to scale and adjust things as needed in a way that is convenient, comfortable, and affordable.
Gives Shippers Real-Time Freight Rates
Business process automation also helps to remove a lot of the guesswork involved in shipping rate estimates.
It allows shippers to activate policies that produce freight savings and give up-to-the-minute estimations on FTL, LTL, and parcel shipping rates alike. In this way, decisions regarding transit times, rates, and insurance can be made a good deal faster.
Business Process Automation Improves Customer Service
By providing customers with push notifications and updates on their recent orders’ delivery, automation undoubtedly improves the customer experience.
Automated CRM software can provide your customers with real-time updates. This usually comes in the form of just about any method they prefer. Most CRM platforms offer this up via SMS text, email or by phone.
One of the best sources of BPA integration is a professional 3PL company like Redwood Logistics.
We work with businesses throughout the logistics world, from carriers to warehousing and manufacturing companies. Our teams help each client build BPA solutions that are practical to their business and industry.