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03 mar 2020

How RPA can be used for efficient SCM

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Robotic process automation (RPA) whitin SCM

Robotic process automation (RPA) has several application areas within different functions of a company. In this article, the focus will be narrowed to the strengths of combining RPA with supply chain management. Operational processes, technical set-ups and steering principles highly varies between organizations. Therefore, part of the ambition of this article is to enable supply chain managers to identify further application areas through a more profound understanding of the suitability of RPA.

What is robotic process automation (RPA)?

RPA is primarily a technology used to automate manual processes and uses the same applications as humans do. Basically, the robot is a software installed on a PC or a server and is programmed to execute a series of steps within a detailed designed process. Hence the robot cannot be categorized as smart – it will simply only perform what it is told to do.

RPA or not?

This article gives you the tools to evaluate if you should automate your supply chain processes or not. We discuss:

  • The difference between RPA and AI
  • If the process is time-consuming to perform manually
  • A model to evaluate the processes RPA combability

We also walk through the benefits and drivers behind using RPA in different areas of supply chain management, namely:

  1. Planning
  2. Procurement and supplier management
  3. Delivery and customer management
  4. Operations
“RPA in the supply chain will benefit users through increased control, transparency and frequency of updates.”

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