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Real-time data and visibility are the two most common buzzwords in the supply chain space. Supply chain flaws and inefficiencies highlighted during the pandemic drove the need for these tools to new heights. This caused supply chain leaders to source the latest and greatest software options that promised to solve all of their visibility problems.
That is until it came time for integration.
Software integrations fail due to a multitude of reasons, but the main ones are insufficient resources and a lack of clear goals and objectives. Without these two crucial components, software integrations are likely to fail or not integrate to the fullest extent possible. It’s almost as if there should be a person and/or a platform that can come in and handle the integration for you and just make all the issues their problem instead of spending hours and days trying to identify the root issue.
RedwoodConnect acts as an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) built for logistics. Basically, if there are two systems that need to be connected, RedwoodConnect makes it happen. This service allows businesses to outsource the complex and time-consuming task of integration to a third-party provider with an open ecosystem. This enables businesses to focus on their core operations and leave the integration work to experts who can ensure seamless and reliable integration across different systems.
Chief Innovation Officer Eric Rempel at a live RedwoodConnect demo has said, “Part of our business focuses on optimizing physical supply chains and the other part focuses on creating plug-and-play digital supply chains. In other words, Redwood moves your freight, manages your freight, and innovates with you via RedwoodConnect.”
Partial integrations where a small component of the total package is accessible and usable become a thing of the past. Not draining resources to focus on a stuck integration saves so much money down the road, not to mention the cost savings of the new integration.
Every business has its own needs and goals, which is why there are so many options in the marketplace. Automation tools are necessary to do more with existing resources. Automation solutions are only as strong as their implementation. A tool promised to save 2 hours a day that makes work more complicated is helping no one.
The RedwoodConnect demo highlights, “When looking at an ecosystem like this, we created RedwoodConnect because we needed to, because our customers needed it, but also because we truly believe in high-value open ecosystems.”
The demand from customers is that elusive missing link in integration. Having a no-touch EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) that requires manual processes is the exact opposite of being a solution to a problem. Having tools and resources customized to the individual business need is crucial to moving forward successfully.
Real-time data can be the key to successful growth if utilized properly. This means that data is continuously flowing through the supply chain, providing decision-makers with instant access to the most up-to-date information about the status of the supply chain. Having the freshest technology and data available is worthless without someone to create actionable goals from it.
Rempel continues on to say, “You have to figure out: How do you get all of these things connected? How do you build this fabric? Often, the answer is it's really risky and complex. The reality is companies are struggling to keep up.”
Up-to-the-minute data allows for faster reactions for decision-makers, by having this information at their fingertips, decision-makers can quickly identify and respond to issues before they become bigger problems. Real-time data integration in the supply chain can improve efficiency. By automating data collection and analysis, decision-makers can save time and reduce errors. This means that they can focus on other important tasks, such as optimizing production processes or improving customer service.
Everyone. No really, everyone. The beauty of integration as a service is that it can be done for anyone with something to integrate. Carriers look to have API (Application Programming Interface) integrations with their shippers, companies looking to get shipment information from customers, and shippers wanting to integrate into a 3PL's (third-party logistics) TMS (Transportation Management System) to avoid manual load entry.
Rempel highlights in the RedwoodConnect demo, “We built this for shippers to use these functions; and system connections to orchestrate business logic between systems. FreightTech companies use this marketplace to publish their connectors so partners can connect 10 times faster. We also built it for ourselves, we need this to connect to our carriers, customers, and our partners. We sell this to other 3PLs and other LSPs (Logistics Service Providers). We really believe in open ecosystems and this concept of 'co-opetition.'”
In the era where supply chain visibility is the highest priority for shippers and carrier partners, outdated or obsolete technology that doesn’t work is a non-starter. The importance of supply chain integration cannot be overstated in today's complex and rapidly changing business environment. Without effective integration of supply chain software, companies risk losing valuable time, money, and resources due to inefficiencies, errors, and delays.
The Redwood team has pioneered a single-source connectivity platform and developed a team that specializes in complicated processes. Let us handle the hard part so you can get back to what really matters, running a business. Whatever systems you use today, we've got you covered.
Watch the demo above, then learn more about RedwoodConnect and take the pressure off your team and let us handle the dirty work. We’re here to help build the customized fully integrated process of your dreams or at least one delivers on what it is supposed to.