There’s a good selection of digital tools you can use today to help save time and money.
This is the first instalment in a series of three articles designed to show you how to put digital tools to work in managing your business more effectively.
Purchasing can be a complex web of details
Incoming raw material (round wood) can be a real headache for management, involving many internal and external factors (suppliers, carriers, unions...). This complexity is compounded by the fact that the purchasing function handles a huge volume of transactions in an environment of permanent urgency, generating an endless barrage of paperwork in the process.
The combined effect of these inputs often results in measurement errors, load assignment errors, and management errors (including invoicing and claims).
It’s not surprising that purchasing is one of the most critical factors in any successful wood-processing operation.
Digital solutions to the rescue
Flexible and mobile services you can count on
Scalers, yard operators, and even truckers must be able to move about freely outside with appropriate documents on hand at all times. Fortunately, mobile technologies now make it easy to measure wood inventory and record any load coming in with handheld devices. These rugged units are protected against the elements and accidents and they’re connected online or locally on Wi-Fi making them workmates you can rely on no matter what.
You can take efficiency up to next level by installing a connected scale that records all the details of each delivery so truckers can come and go as they please.
The result is a win-win for any operation. You no longer have to manually check the delivery since the tally is based on a weight/volume ratio and that means truckers get paid faster, too.