Robotic process automation (RPA) allows an organization to deploy smart software bots that will automate common operational processes throughout the business. These bots are intelligent agents that can learn how specific tasks are performed and then repeat those tasks, eliminating human error and reducing overhead.
Robotic process automation and software bots rely on machine learning and artificial intelligence to understand context and automate processes correctly. RPA also takes advantage of natural language processing (NLP) for better human interaction.
Supply chain management (SCM) uses robotic process automation to automate common, low-value tasks, which streamlines operations in the supply chain and removes human error. RPA allows supply chains to scale up faster so that they can meet supply requirements as demand increases.
Eliminate the Manual Input of Purchase Orders and Other Administrative Tasks
Raising, responding to and processing purchase orders is a significant administrative overhead for suppliers, manufacturers and retailers. Robotic process automation identifies required inventory levels and matches them against actual stock. RPA will then raise purchase orders that travel up the supply chain without relying on human intervention.
Respond to Supply Chain Requests for Proposals, Quotes and Questions
Organizations often have questions of suppliers and other stakeholders further up the supply chain. Those stakeholders use a combination of NLP and RPA to parse, understand and respond to questions and requests for quotes or proposals. This results in faster turnaround and more accurate responses to common queries.
Analyze Repeatable Tasks to Identify Supply Chain Efficiencies
Robotic process automation generates lots of data. This data is analyzed to identify how processes can be enhanced further, resulting in greater efficiencies, reduced waste, higher quality and fewer delays. When combined with predictive or prescriptive analytics, robotic process automation becomes part of a continual improvement process that streamlines the supply chain.
Seamless Integration With Other Supply Chain Systems and Tools
The efficiencies of robotic process automation aren’t limited to one platform or organization. True RPA will integrate with and work across multiple software, systems and tools used by stakeholders throughout the supply chain. This reduces duplication and increases speed and quality for all suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and other organizations.
Robotic process automation provides significant benefits for the supply chain:
There are several challenges to implementing effective robotic process automation in the supply chain. These include:
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