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2016: the year of wearable technology in the supply chain

04 January 2016

Advances in wearable technology will dominate the supply chain industry in 2016, according to experts at ERP software specialists LINKFRESH.

The demand to view key business indicators instantaneously on mobile devices, coupled with ability to obtain wearable devices for under £80, will ensure the trend towards wearable technology characterises the industry in the coming year.

Richard Jones, chief technology officer at LINKFRESH said:
“Wearable technology, and the use of cloud software, will become much more widespread across the industry in 2016. The ability to access and input data in real time is the key way in which suppliers will be able to meet the stringent demands of supermarkets.

“The adoption of cloud software will be aided by the fact that the price of good quality laptops has fallen below £200, with good quality tablets available for under £50. These prices, which may fall even further in 2016, mean the bar to entry associated with cloud technology in the supply chain has been significantly lowered.

“With the ability to put these powerful devices in the hands of everyone, 2015 required us to think about making core lines of business software available across these devices. That sea change has laid the foundations for what we will see in the industry in 2016.

“Supermarkets are pushing suppliers harder than ever, a situation which looks certain to continue throughout the coming year. Dealing with this pressure is the biggest challenge the industry faces.

“To deal with these demands, we will see suppliers turning to advanced IT software, such as LINKFRESH ERP, which allows them to monitor and manage every step of the supply process at a macro level.” 

LINKFRESH recently announced a raft of new enhancements to its software platform, which are now available.

These enhancements include a new catch weight development, which allows for produce to be weighed and invoiced in both pieces and kilograms, a new archiving interface, improved pallet management and the incorporation of global trade item numbers into the software.


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