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The widespread adoption of technology among businesses has had a profound impact on practically every industry. Such developments have caused the rapid alteration of how companies do business. and due to growing competition, firms are under more pressure than ever to deliver high-quality goods and services more quickly for less money. This has resulted in supply chain enterprises looking for new solutions that allow them to optimise their operations while retaining their competitive edge.
That’s where robotic process automation (RPA) comes in. Here, we look closer at this constantly-developing technology.
RPA is an emerging technology that involves the use of bots to mimic human actions in order to complete repetitive tasks. Recognised by many industry experts as the next step in automation, the technology is revolutionising process efficiency and productivity. It is increasingly being used among manufacturing, transportation and logistics businesses with the aim of increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
The technology uses machine learning to imitate the actions of users, which means it learns on the job to mimic how tasks are carried out by humans, then automates it. RPA allows robots to manage the execution of routine and often laborious tasks to allow employees to advance more value-added capabilities.
One such process that is considered to be time-consuming and repetitive is manually entering data from transactional orders - including invoices or records of orders. Any backlog in this task can cause inefficiencies throughout the supply chain, which means it is ideal for automation.
Automating mundane processes can have a number of positive outcomes for businesses, especially relating to workflow and bottom line. Other benefits of RPA include:
RPA is a great option for many businesses, each with its own unique set of requirements. Some of the key drawing points include:
There are three ways to utilise RPA tools, which are:
Attended RPA - whereby bots are invoked by the user. This option is often utilised in customer-facing functions
Unattended RPA - bots that perform tasks in batches, based on automatic/timed triggers
Hybrid RPA - a combination of the above
Talk to Evaris about ways you can harness technology to achieve real business advantage by calling 0330 124 1245, or email [email protected].