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Distribution 4.0 Technologies Explained

Distributors are constantly striving to improve their operations and increase their competitive edge. One way they can achieve this is by implementing technology solutions that streamline their operations and improve efficiency. In this blog post, we’ll explore how Infor’s CloudSuite Distribution (CSD) platform empowers distributors with its suite of advanced technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and the Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities. We’ll also discuss how Infor CloudSuite Distribution’s cloud technology fosters greater transparency in the distribution process. Lastly, we’ll review how NSA utilizes Infor CSD to help our distributor clients achieve their long-term goals for their distribution business.

Key Technologies Empowering Distributors:

AI, ML, and IoT are three of the key technologies that are driving the innovation behind Infor CSD. Each of these technologies provides distributors with unique advantages that help them to better manage their operations and make more informed decisions. We’ll discuss the specifics of each topic below.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI is a technology that enables machines to learn from data and perform tasks that would ordinarily require human intervention. In the distribution industry, AI can be used to analyze large volumes of data and provide insights into trends and patterns that are not immediately obvious to humans. This helps distributors to make more informed decisions about inventory management, supply chain optimization, and customer engagement.
  • Machine Learning (ML): ML is a subset of AI that focuses on enabling machines to learn from data without being explicitly programmed. In the distribution industry, ML can be used to analyze data and predict trends, enabling distributors to optimize their operations and improve customer engagement. For example, ML algorithms can be used to analyze customer purchase histories and predict which products are likely to be popular in the future.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): IoT is a technology that enables objects to communicate with each other over the Internet. In the distribution industry, IoT can be used to provide greater visibility into the supply chain, enable better tracking of inventory, and improve customer engagement. For example, sensors can be placed on pallets of merchandise to track the location of inventory as it moves through the supply chain.

Greater Transparency Through Cloud Technology

In addition to advanced distribution 4.0 technologies, cloud technology platforms such as Infor CSD also facilitate greater transparency in the distribution process. It enables distributors to share information with their partners and customers in real time, providing greater visibility into the supply chain and improving collaboration among stakeholders. In addition, cloud technology provides distributors with a centralized repository of data that can be accessed from anywhere, enabling more informed decision-making. This in turn allows our distribution clients a better chance of standing out amongst other competitors in their niche.

The NSA & Infor Relationship

NSA’s expertise with the sophisticated Infor CSD platform is a game-changer for distributors looking to optimize their operations and gain a competitive edge. Designed specifically for the distribution industry, it provides distributors like you with a comprehensive suite of tools and technologies to improve operations, increase efficiency, and enhance competitiveness. By leveraging these advanced technologies, distributors can gain valuable insights into their operations that are critical to success in today’s fast-paced and highly competitive marketplace.

Improved Customer Service and Faster Response Times: Greater Automation Limiting the Impact of Ongoing Labor Shortages

Flexible ERP Management at your fingertips! Using modern AI and ML algorithms, distributors weave in more real-time external factors such as weather, social media, shifting trends, and impacts from the pandemic to become even more accurate. Better forecasting will result in fewer lost sales due to a lack of inventory and improved customer satisfaction and retention.

Further, technology investments that help automate processes also allow distributors to do more without increasing headcount. Accounts receivable automation uses AI technology to streamline the process, resulting in better cash flow results. Investments in robotics and warehouse automation tools increase automation, allowing the employees you do employ to focus on higher-value job tasks.

We take pride in aiding our distributor clients’ business growth by utilizing Infor CSD to modernize, maximize, and get business moving with industry-specific functionality.

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Contact us for more information about Infor CSD and these distribution 4.0 technologies paving the way for distributors’ long-term success.

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