In the Shipping and Logistics industry, employees have to handle an enormous amount of data daily. Not only are they limited by the speed of performance, but they’re also prone to errors, resulting in costly delays, wrong deliveries, etc. All the activities mentioned above are mundane, manual, repetitive, and without a doubt, the most dreaded ones among your employees.

Here, we’ll share a few ideas to optimize and automate many of your daily routines, making the entire process faster and more accurate. With automation, you’re giving your employees more time to get their creative and intuitive skills into action.

How Inflation Affects the Entire Supply Chain?

After lockdown and events in the last few years, especially the recent ones that affected the entire world, economies faced growing, “vertical” inflation.

In the U.S. alone, the inflation rate accelerated to 8.5% in March of 2022, being the highest since December 1981. The annual inflation rate in the UK increased to 6.2% in February of 2022, which is the highest since March 1992. At the same time, the inflation rate in the EU in March 2022 was 7.8%, compared to 1.7% in March 2021.

Today, every industry (and its end-users) struggles to stay profitable, avoid increasing charges, and stay competitive.

The first response to inflation is often decreasing your employees’ salaries and firing people, thus shifting the workload and responsibilities to a current workforce.

That model is, undoubtedly, inefficient. Not only are you losing qualified and hard-working staff, but you’re also pissing off the ones you retained. Suddenly, their job description doubled or tripled, while their salary stayed the same. The burning question is — what can we do about it?

Software Robots Against Inflation

Hiring an RPA-Powered Digital Teammate to Jump In

First, let’s answer the question, “What is RPA?“

RPA software, or software robot, stands for Robotic Process Automation. With it, we can automate mundane, repetitive, and time-consuming activities on your computer the same way your employee would perform — only faster, error-free, and more efficiently.

At the same time, while your RPA-powered Digital Teammate executes the process previously done by humans, your employees have time to focus on more value-adding and creative activities. By shifting them to positions that bring more value, you’ll notice a win-win situation in introducing your next digital teammate.

What Processes Are Perfect Candidates for Digital Teammates?

An RPA software is entirely industry agnostic, which means that every business has processes that are the perfect candidates for software robot automation. However, there are some rules to follow when deciding what business processes you want to automate. To define a few:

  • Is Rule-based
  • Is Highly repetitive
  • Has High frequency
  • Is Time-consuming
  • Handles Structured data

To get a more detailed idea, here are some examples of the best process candidates for automation:

  • Automated Data Entry
  • Maintenance Predictions
  • Logistics Management
  • Purchase Orders Initiation & Management

After getting a general idea of what you can automate with RPA software robots, let’s dive more into other benefits of your next Digital Teammate.

What Do I Get With It?

A Digital Teammate handles the entire process autonomously and is available 24/7, without sick leaves, holidays, etc. You’ll save time, relieve your employees from those tiresome activities, and have a process without human-made errors.

In the meantime, while your software robot works, you can focus on other valuable aspects of your daily workload without having to fire people or cut off their salaries. Instead, you’ll be able to manage more work and increase your revenue, regardless of the inflation.

Finally, Is It Worth It?

Considering that prices of everything skyrocketed and companies are trying to keep their head above the water without firing their employees or raising prices even further, not only is RPA worth it — it became inevitable.

With it, you’re relieving your employees from work overload and, at the same time, increasing the efficiency and the work scope you’re able to process.