14 Aug, 2014

Mobile Procurement: Leveraging mobile tech for the sourcing industry

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Mobile devices have become ubiquitous in today’s technology-driven world. Currently, one in five adults around the globe own a smartphone and that number will continue to increase as technology becomes less expensive and more available to consumers. The global population is in love with smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. These devices have become an integral part of our personal lives by keeping us connected to the things we love, and now they have successfully entered our professional lives by helping us become more efficient at work. Increasing numbers of mobile devices are driving the emerging BYOD and consumerization of IT trends, which have the ability to help procurement professionals transform the way they do business.

Just about every industry is now being affected by the rise in mobile enterprise strategies, and procurement has a lot to gain from going mobile. There has never been a better time for the supply chain industry to adopt a mobile strategy that leverages the latest technology for the enterprise.

Empower Buyers to Purchase Anywhere

With mobile procurement apps and solutions, you can empower buyers to complete their work from anywhere. Mobile devices open the door for buyers to make their purchases from their own personal devices while working remotely or on the go. This flexibility can give them the competitive edge they need to stay ahead of the curve. While other industries have adopted the modern mobile lifestyle, it’s time for procurement to do the same.

Create a Better Experience for Employees

Like other industries, procurement stands to improve the experience of supply chain professionals by adopting mobile apps and solutions. Mobile apps offer user-friendly experiences that are easy to navigate and increase efficiency in the workplace. With a mobile procurement app, employees can get their sourcing done faster and without the complications of traditional methods. Using a smartphone or tablet, sourcing projects can be managed on the go, and buyers and suppliers alike can benefit. This flexibility creates a better overall experience for both the employee and the business.

Mobile Data Access

Access to data is critical to the success of any procurement professional. E-sourcing has benefited the industry for many years, and mobility will only strengthen that. With mobile procurement solutions, supply chain professionals will have constant access—from any mobile device—to the information they need to make informed decisions about their sourcing needs. With access at the touch of a screen, procurement pros will be better informed than ever before.

Lead the Pack

Mobile procurement solutions are relatively new to the industry, and there has never been a more opportune time to adopt state-of-the-art technology to keep your business moving ahead of the pack. Most businesses are just beginning to embrace mobile strategies, and even fewer are reaching ‘mobile maturity’. By adapting early, today’s supply chain businesses can maintain the competitive edge they need to succeed in this quickly evolving industry.

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