Top 10 supply chain apps
It's estimated that by the year 2020, the ratio of smart devices to people will reach 26:1. More than ever before, the efficient and intelligent organization of supply chains in the digital age is essential, both for small entrepreneurial ventures and large-scale corporate operations. Supply Chain Digital presents the world’s Top Ten Supply Chain Mobile Applications for 2018 that are helping companies make their way in the modern marketplace. This list is based on combined rankings and reports from Fronetics, EazyStock, GetApp, and ITWeb.
10 | Kintone
Kintone is a “Platform as a Service” application that uses a code-free drag-and-drop interface to allow users to collaboratively create online databases. Apps created through Kintone can be used for “Sales CRM, ToDo lists, Project Management, HR Recruitment Management and so on” in order to fulfill different needs at multiple stages of the supply chain. The app also boasts compatibility with pre existing software systems within the supply chain, integrating “seamlessly” with AWS, as well as easily converting data documents into visually digestible presentation material. Kintone is available on a subscription basis for $24 per user per month, making its software more readily available to small-scale operations.
9 | EazyStock
EazyStock is a cloud-based inventory management and organization tool. In order to increase efficiency, the app examines “bad stock” that is being undersold or has a low turnover, replacing it with products it identifies as “faster turning” items. Inventory managers using EazyStock, according to Fronetics, “can automate procurement and replenishment processes that historically were guesswork cutting into profit margins.” EazyStock’s software is currently exclusive to Apple devices, and the most basic package costs $660 per month.
8 | Omnifocus
Omnifocus is currently in its third edition, which has added several core features to its task management functionality. The app is a personal and/or company-wide planner, allowing tasks to be broken down by priority, grouped according to overarching “projects”, and synchronized across the IoT. The new Third Edition adds the “tags” feature, allowing users to prioritize and organize tasks by “person, energy level, priority, location, and more.” Omnifocus is currently available exclusively for iOS with a two week free trial, after which the professional version is priced at $60.
7 | Gas Buddy
Gas Buddy is a personal and business application that allows drivers to find the cheapest gasoline in the surrounding area. The app is constantly updated by its 12 million monthly users, and logs information concerning 150,000 retail locations in the US and Canada. According to EazyStock, “for fleets constantly hauling freight across the country, saving a few cents per gallon can add up quickly and produce some serious savings.” Gas Buddy is free and available on iOS and Android.
6 | Nimble
Nimble is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application that allows users to track the identity, employment status, place of origin, income, industry, education, executive details, and contact information of clients and client companies. The app compiles this into a “Live Profile” which, according to EazyStock, also keeps “track of the contacts in your network that you need to meet and who in your client base you need to follow up with. Nimble is available on Android and iOS for free.
5 | Stock IQ
Stock IQ uses hierarchical forecasting, lead time calculations, and a vendor scorecard system to monitor and manage warehouse inventory. The development team promises 10-30% reduction in inventory reduction, due to increased efficiency and automation. A large measure of this increase in efficiency is due, according to SoftwareAdvice, to “StockIQ's supplier management module is able to generate lead times calculated from actual receipt history, instead of simple fixed numbers or averages.” The application’s base package costs $750 per month.
4 | Khula
Khula was recently awarded MTN’s Business App of the Year Award. The application allows farmers to collectively connect to suppliers, forming "one big virtual farm consisting of multiple emerging farms to crowd-source and deliver on bulk orders from supermarkets, restaurant chains and for home delivery.” Khula is still in the pilot stage, in partnership with 200 farmers, according to ITWeb. Company founder, Karidas Tshintsholo, announced that “We want to expand to other African countries. We are planning a trip to Kenya in January and we will look at east African opportunities there.”
3 | Booksy-Biz
Booksy-Biz is a comprehensive appointment-booking and client management application. The application provides solutions for customer-facing organization, including: client self service, calendar management, client management, business management, and point of sales. The self-service aspect of the booking management system increases productivity and client retention by ensuring appointments can be booked outside of business hours. Booksy costs $25 per month and is available on Android and iOS.
2 | Scandit
Scandit improves the efficiency of inventory management through its innovative barcode scanning software. While most barcode or QR code scanners require a perfect scan, Scandit’s algorithm compensates for low light or imperfect image capture, making inventory organisation quicker and easier. According to EazyStock, “Scandit is also enabled with cross-platform capabilities, allowing easy sharing of data across other smartphones, tablets, and computers.” Leading companies and brands Shell, Sephora, Louis Vuitton and Macy’s use the service, for which costs vary, depending on the scale of purchase.
1 | Logistimo Plus
Logistimo Plus is a supply chain and logistics solutions app designed to help companies in “rural, emerging markets,” according to Fronetics. The app helps provide retailers, transporters, and distributors with accurate, up-to-date reports of orders sales, purchases, and other on-demand information. Logistimo prides itself on its simplicity, with an intuitive interface that allows “highly trained professionals to semi-literate first time users of mobile devices” to be trained in as little as 15 minutes. The application’s software is open source, aiming to increase its reach even further beyond the 100,000 beneficiaries in emerging markets worldwide.