Automation generates real efficiency gains and business results

It is no secret that the United States continues to develop into a true service-based economy, with automation and offshoring rapidly decreasing U.S. employment in manufacturing.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in about a generation, between 1990 and 2014, the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. dropped from 18 million to just more than 12 million, representing a full third reduction in our manufacturing workforce – this while our population increased by more than 27% and our unemployment rate decreased.

The takeaway

An increasing number of businesses are becoming service providers and to win, you must provide better service than your competitors.

In part, that means providing your employees and subcontractors with the up-to-date information they need at their fingertips and collecting and acting on status updates in real-time. It also means allowing your team to do their job in the field as well as workers that have traditionally handled reporting responsibilities “back at the home office.” Taking notes on a clipboard or even Excel and loading that information later into a central system simply doesn’t cut it anymore — your competitors will beat you to the punch with faster, higher quality service. In addition, not providing your team access to up-to-date job details, customer preferences, and training materials can and will cost you your edge in an increasingly competitive landscape.

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