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No-Code Low-Code Can Solve Supply Chain Woes

cargo shipsGlobal supply chain problems are hitting the economy, businesses, and everyday life hard. No-code tools and low-code app development platforms can streamline many aspects of supply chain work, from warehousing and inventory to customer orders and delivery. 


Long Term Supply Chain Problems

Consumers can’t buy things they want and need or have to wait a long time to get them. Businesses can’t get their hands on enough goods to sell. Manufacturers can’t find the raw materials they need --- or ship their finished goods where they need to go. And inflation for the first time in many years has been rising.

Reports of supply chain issues continue to appear in the news.

Boats are parked offshore waiting to be unloaded. There's a labor shortage of people to unload and deliver goods. Shoppers can't find the supply of goods they want. Amid these challenges, holiday orders are expected to increase significantly this year.

Companies must get a better handle on their logistics data. They must help their workers do more in less tie. They must put better tools and technology in the hands of their front-line workers to streamline work.

Along with IoT, robots and other new technologies, mobile apps are likely to be the best solution for many companies. Now they have to get those mobile apps built.

No-Code and Low-Code Software to the Rescue

no code and low code software can help with supply chain problems

A solution to create applications faster without having to learn programming languages may be at hand. No-code tools, such as those with drag and drop interfaces, can solve supply chain woes and transform the way supply chains work. So says the article, Logistics 4.0: Quickly Transform Your Supply Chain With Low-Code Apps.

The article starts by noting that many people believe we’re in the age of Industry 4.0, made possible by digital transformation, rapid application development, and visual development. The article says that to fix our supply chain problems, we need to get to Logistics 4.0. It defines that as “using innovative technologies and the data they collect and produce to improve the efficiency and performance of all supply chain operations and deliver better products, meeting customer requirements as an ultimate result.”

The best way to get to Logistics 4.0, the article goes on to say, is via no-code development and no-code software. It says, “a low-code platform is a must-have tool if you want your organization to successfully adopt the major components of Logistics 4.0 and utilize all the benefits of these new technologies.”

Transforming Supply Chains

The article cites five ways no-code solutions and visual modeling can help transform supply chains:

no code and low code software can help front line workers get a handle on supply chains
  • No need to hire experienced engineers and developers. It’s tough to find enough experienced developers to do the work that needs to be done to improve supply chains. No-code/low-code lets citizen developers and business users do that work.
  • Quick supply chain optimization. It notes: “The introduction of low-code apps allows you to quickly and easily digitize multiple processes and operational components. In particular, paper-based documents and forms, such as instructions, guides, audit reports, manuals, etc., can be digitized and turned into interactive content, which is a great way to organize and speed up all the processes.”
  • Faster development and deployment. No-code speeds up the development process. The article says, “Low-code platforms are focused on making all parts of the app development and deployment very accessible even for complete beginners, minimizing the time required to achieve measurable results.”
  • Easy collaboration and improved work productivity. The article points out: “Low-code platforms enable a new level of collaboration among workers, management, and other parties involved in the operational processes by allowing them to share information and feedback in real time.”
  • Reduced errors and continuous improvement. The article concludes: “Reduced number of delays, mistakes, errors and other issues throughout the supply chain is another major benefit of using low-code enterprise applications to empower Logistics 4.0 transformation.”

The Best Low-Code Development Platform for Supply Chain Improvements

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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