These web-based platforms will also reduce weak links in the supply chain and fuel real-time collaboration with partners. The days of having clients install client-server applications with thick clients on each machine are gone. In today’s evolving global marketplace, web-based tools can help companies choose partners to meet their ever-changing market demands easily, while maintaining secure transactions and partnerships by limiting access to relevant information.
In order to remain competitive, companies must continue to embrace next-generation platforms and capitalize on this technology shift. Many businesses are still not using these technologies to their full potential—importers will start insisting that their partners actively engage in collaborating with their global web-based trade management platforms to enter, share and provide information.
It helps to have a champion within the organization to take a leap of faith and tap into the benefits of higher automation and more collaboration with partners through these platforms. Companies that are ahead of the technology curve will reap the benefits of increased trade and personnel productivity, stronger partners and a healthier bottom line.
Sri Ramadas, the director of projects and services for Netwin Solutions, has more than 10 years of information technology experience in business development, account management, project management and product implementation management.