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Working remotely in any industry with ERP

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Working remotely has become a necessity for many companies due to the significant transformation of the world of work in recent years. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant rise in teleworking since mid-March 2020. At the start of 2021, 32% of Canadian employees aged 15 to 69 were doing most of their working hours from home, compared to just 4% in 2016.” – Statistics Canada

This drastic change is not just a response to the pandemic, but appears to be a new norm that is here to stay.

Against this backdrop, the manufacturing and agri-food industries face an unprecedented challenge: how to maintain continuity of operations while meeting the changing demands of staff for flexibility? Fortunately, technology has provided the answer in the form of innovative tools such as cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). One such tool, Bluebee ERP, offers solutions that are remarkably well-suited to this new way of working.

What is cloud ERP?

Bluebee, an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) on the cloud, is an integrated business management system hosted on remote servers, rather than on local servers within the company. Bringing together a variety of business functions, such as supply chain management, inventory management, order tracking, accounting, customer relations and human resources management, Bluebee helps companies collect, store, manage and interpret data from a variety of business activities.

The advantage of cloud ERP is that access to these tools and data is not restricted to a physical location. Users can connect to Bluebee at any time, from anywhere, via an Internet connection. This feature provides remarkable flexibility and accessibility, enabling employees to work remotely and geographically distributed teams to collaborate effectively.

What’s more, because Bluebee is hosted in the cloud, system updates and maintenance are typically handled by our expert technicians, freeing companies from the burden of managing IT infrastructure. This allows them to concentrate more on their core operations, while enjoying the benefits of a powerful and flexible management system.

Remote management of production operations

For a manufacturing or food industry, this means that managers can monitor and control production operations remotely. Whether you need to check the status of a production batch, schedule deliveries or manage inventory, it can all be done from home.

Take the example of a plant manager in the food industry. With Bluebee, he can monitor the production process in real time, from receipt of raw materials to packaging and dispatch of the final product. He can also prioritize work orders according to requirements. What’s more, he can manage staff schedules remotely, ensuring that jobs are always filled and production keeps running.

Bluebee compatibility and integrations

In addition to these features, Bluebee is compatible with the majority of platforms important to these industries. Whether you use an e-commerce platform to sell your products, or a communications tool to keep in touch with your team, you can easily integrate these services with Bluebee. This simplifies workflow and makes the transition to remote working much easier.

Meeting demand for remote working

This accessibility and compatibility are essential in the current context. Since the pandemic, many people have taken a liking to working from home, and many want this option to remain available. However, the manufacturing and agri-food industries are finding it difficult to adapt to this demand, due to the practical nature of their work. Bluebee offers a solution to this problem, making it possible to work remotely on jobs that previously had to be done on site.

In addition to meeting employee demands, using ERP software like Bluebee can also help alleviate labor shortages. By offering the option of working from home, companies can attract a more diverse workforce, including people who would not normally be able to travel to the workplace. What’s more, the automation of many administrative tasks frees up time to focus on more strategic, value-added tasks, improving efficiency and productivity.

Robust security for remote working

Finally, Bluebee offers robust security, ensuring that sensitive company information remains protected, even when employees access the system remotely. In these times of rising cybercrime, it’s reassuring to know that your data is secure.

Moving to a cloud-based ERP system like Bluebee can transform the way manufacturing and food industries operate. Not only can it meet the growing demand for remote working, it can also improve operational efficiency, attract a more diverse workforce and ensure data security. In short, Bluebee is an essential tool for any company wishing to evolve and adapt to the changing demands of the modern working world.


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