One of the original key purposes with CrowdChain was to create a tool to manage temporary remotely located projects. Especially in situations when these projects had to be delivered efficiently and with a high level of quality and control.
Over the years, we have been working extensively with temporary projects of different types that had to be managed in various places. The nature of these projects were covering a wide span. Some of the projects has been the commissioning of IT-engineers into customer-teams located overseas. In others, the main challenges were to set up teams and implement temporary logistics operations in remote locations.
Today we will explain how CrowdChain can be used to facilitate a temporary and remotely located logistical challenge.
What is required for a successful local project
The three key factors for success in a temporary local project is to have good people, good processes and a good system.
If you have good people. CrowdChain is a good system that will help you with good processes.
In CrowdChain you can create a new warehouse in moments. You are totally in charge wether it should be the most simple warehouse configuration, or if you need a sophisticated warehouse operation with bays, racks, quaranteen areas etc
You can also easily import a a standard product catalog, or make your own project specific customizations of parts and product configurations.
You can set up your own customized process in our project workflow module. In this module you can define your process for planning, sourcing of material and staffing and deliveries. Choose from the inbound order processes and outbound order processes and modify these as you find suitable. By using the CrowdChain processes you will always keep good track of your inventory.
The typical reason for setting up a temporary warehouse would be a contract of some kind, maybe a building construction project. A suitable approach to meet the obligations in the contract could be to set up a temporary warehouse for managing local operations. This is easy to do in CrowdChain.
Manage Products and Orders
In a typical construction project, there may be particular combinations of items and equipment that need to assembled or manufactured. Sometimes this can be done in the local warehouse, but there may also be local installations and other distributed services required. CrowdChain is the ideal tool to facilitate this kind of operation. You can easily create your customized combinations of items and services. You can attach work instructions and test procedures.
You can create standard product combinations and you can create optional products that can be attached to the standard combination as required.
Of course, you can also set cost and revenue for all components.
Use CrowdChains order management to request material and services for your production, and create your sales orders for all deliveries and installations you need to do.
CrowdChain will help you to keep track of your inventory and your resources.
Before starting the local operation, you need to configure the warehouse in CrowdChain. Go to Warehouse configuration and create a new Warehouse. When you have done that, just follow the instructions in the system to set up address and warehouse specifics.
Order fulfillment is the core of any business. CrowdChain is centered around order fulfillment and an ideal tool for managing the supply chain all the way to the last mile deliveries and local installations.
Last mile deliveries
Deliveries from the warehouse operation will need to be monitored and controlled. It is not uncommon that local and sometimes temporary arrangements are made outside the structured environment in large scale central distribution set-ups. In such situations, the ability to swiftly set up and manage a local distribution solution in a structured way is very valuable. This is easy to do with CrowdChain. Set up your customized distribution process or use an existing standard template provided by CrowdChain. Regardless what option you choose, you can quickly implement a distribution set-up where you can request, monitor and control all essential events up to the delivery to the final destination.
Preferably, you can provide the CrowdChain mobile App to the users and have all critical events captured.
In case there are local installation activities required, or service operation of any type, a good practice is to add that as an operation in the process flow controlled through CrowdChain. It is not uncommon that there is a need to create photo documentation from the installation site. This is exceptionally practical with the CrowdChain mobile App. Take the photos and append them directly into the installation order! It is also easy to distribute instructions and instruction videos through the mobile app.