Online shopping, connected consumers and worldwide shipping are dramatically changing how retailers operate.
Many retail brands still have fragmented legacy systems and Excel spreadsheets for running all their inventory, reporting and shipping operations. Data stored in different siloed formats ends up creating unnecessary complexity for running business processes and reacting to trends.
To stay competitive, retailers must work to move ideas from concept to reality much faster, and be able to roll out new processes in weeks, not years. With the market becoming more fragmented, speed and agility will become a clear differentiator for retail, according to the 2016 Deloitte Retail and Distribution Outlook report.
"IT departments will no longer look at cloud technology as simply a cost savings technique, but begin to realize that cloud technologies can enable more rapid adoption of the latest solutions, harnessing the increasing power of technologies," says Rod Sides, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP. "In the coming year, expect to see retailers accelerate their move to the cloud."
Only a few years ago, retailers were weary of adopting cloud technology due to concerns over security, a perceived loss of control over IT assets and inability to see immediate improvements for enhancing customer service.
Changing the conversation, no-code/low-code business applications are opening up exciting new possibilities for retail brands. Known for their flexibility, speed and agility, retail teams are using cloud-based business apps to turn procedures and processes into simple steps without coding.
Enterprise managers and staff can run their business anytime, from anywhere, whether it's from the warehouse or store front, desktop or mobile device. Working within a secure, IT governed environment, business applications bring multiple operational processes and industry-grade functionalities into a single cloud platform. For forward-thinking brands, that means more time and resources to focus on customer experience.
Here are some other benefits of functionalities of cloud-based business applications:
- Reporting and Analytics
- Inventory Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Task-driven Workflow
- Manufacturing Management
- Workforce Management
- Sales Leads and Invoice Processing
- Pricebook Management
Bridge the gap between existing infrastructure and rapidly evolving business operations.
J!NS introduced kintone in January 2014. Initially, it was used for inventory management within physical stores. At the time, the number of users was around 50.
In the months that followed J!NS capitalized on kintone‘s ability to be customized and rapidly deployed in order to replace the process management and communications blocks that had formerly held back the company’s growth.
On May 2014, J!NS migrated to kintone as company-wide operations improvement platform quickly and easily due to the ability of kintone to be rapidly deployed. The number of users within J!NS reached 1,000.
“Our business requires an integrated information infrastructure that can be used across an entire enterprise. The best solution is kintone.” – Taiki Komoda, J!NS representative responsible for company-wide operations and analyses.
With the flexibility of kintone as a platform, J!NS removed inefficiencies across the company, allowing it to streamline operations without hindering growth.
Run your unique business operations fast and effortlessly anytime with custom and pre-built kintone applications. kintone gives retailers real-time access to reporting, inventory management, sales performance and other data to react quickly to business needs and trends wherever they need it on desktop, mobile and tablet devices.