Technological innovations had come a long way since the 1970s when mainstream computing devices were first introduced. Similarly, mobile computing devices came into use in supply chain management during the late 1990s and have continued to evolve into all aspects of supply chain management. 

In the most basic sense, a supply chain consists of a supplier, manufacturer, warehouse, mode of transport, retailer, and final customer sections. Among these sections, there are three main flows; product flows, information flows, and financial flows. Satisfying customer demand largely depends on efficient and quick information exchange between these sections.

Considering the global disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the growing usage of mobile internet-connected devices, supply chains have become more decentralized, more complex to manage and measure, and more vulnerable to risks of disruptions.

One of the most significant advantages of mobile computing is that it enables a ‘connected supply chain.’ By leveraging structured and unstructured data generated across the supply chain, mobile computing improves the connectivity of the network. This helps companies to connect with their suppliers, vendors, and customers better.

Mobile computing operates on a flexible, usage-based model. With mobile computing, businesses can manage their supply chain successfully, especially in a volatile market. It enables faster planning and execution resulting in reduced time to market, therefore adding value and lowering costs.

To remain competitive, firms must reimagine their business processes, in particular, their supply chains technology.

Amid the various technologies available today, mobile computing is a real game-changer for businesses to innovate. Mobile computing provides both a method of communication and a source of information to employees and business owners, facilitating business tactics, competitive initiatives, and dealing with uncertainty. This makes mobile computing an essential tool in the repertoire of the supply chain professionals of tomorrow.

Are you interested in learning more about transitioning your supply chain operations to mobile technologies? Get in touch with one of our team members today.