This article originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of CropLife magazine.
Raven Connected Workflow™ speeds processes and eliminates redundancies, bringing significant efficiency improvements.
By Robin Siktberg, Senior Custom Content Editor, Meister Media Worldwide
Improving efficiency is the name of the game in ag retail. With so many moving parts involved in executing custom application plans for multiple customers, streamlining processes can play a major role in improving efficiency in your operation. Even small improvements can boost your bottom line and provide a better customer experience. But a 20% increase? While that sounds a bit unrealistic, it is actually achievable. Raven Industries has partnered with multiple digital platform providers to deliver a single solution that streamlines steps in the workflow. By eliminating redundancies and reducing errors, users of the new customizable solution, called Connected Workflow™, are reporting up 20% improvement in efficiency and far less headache.
Paul Welbig, Director of Sales for Slingshot and Strategic Accounts at Raven, explains that the workflow in most retail operations involves eight steps: plan, order, dispatch, apply, track, notify, report, and invoice.
“These are the general steps that happen, whether you are doing them manually on paper or by using various software systems,” Welbig says. “Our approach as we developed Connected Workflow was to build tools with capabilities that reduce the number of steps by automating them— eliminating double entries and reducing the opportunity for errors. It ensures a simple process from planning and work order generation to field application and invoice creation. And, it provides the opportunity to make decisions that improve your operation.”