Robotic Process Automation, RPA technology is software that can be trained to mimic routine, labour-intensive tasks performed by humans. In just about every industry and across business units — from finance and HR to IT and marketing — RPA’s software robots are automating routine and often mind-numbing work formerly done by humans.
RPA is best used for tasks that are high volume and repetitive, relies on structured digital data, prone to error when using human labor, and are time-sensitive or highly seasonal. The physical robot is already the casual co-worker in many factories, retailers’ warehouses and shops. But can automation play a more impactful role in the Apparel industries?
In this article you will know about the benefits of RPA and use cases in the fashion industry.
Use cases of RPA in the Fashion Industry
Along with easing up the most basic tasks of the industry such as product scanning, data analytics, and inventory management, Robotic Process Automation caters to most of the administrative processes as well.
- Digital Product Creation
- RPA can replicate the similar designs with different materials and colors with a master design created by a designer.
- RPA can render high quality Images using pre-defined set of rules to be used on E-commerce websites.
- Automation during Product Development in fashion Industry
- Creation of Master Library Data for product development team to use for style creation.
- RPA eliminates the complexity and errors during BOM Generation.
- Fit Measurement data into Product development tool.
- Supply Chain
- Weekly/Daily Job Schedules: RPA can schedule, assign and send emails regarding daily tasks to the employees, and sends a trigger message to the admin in case of any error.
- Data analytics: Creating ‘good data’ or ‘clean data’ i.e. structured and clearly organised data, is also something RPA excels at. Digitising data collection removes many of the human complacencies that contribute to ‘bad’ data.
- Demand and supply planning: The integrative capacity of RPA technology allows streamlining data gathering, formatting, and standardisation, plan simulations, exception finding, i.e., all the necessary steps towards devising realist and efficient business plans.
- Consumer experience
- Store planning: Manual layout store segmenting can only take into account a few high-level facts, because the nuances arising from sales data go beyond humans’ ability to handle complex segmenting modalities. With RPA the upshot is a personalised shopping experience.
Benefits of RPA
- Performance Accuracy: Speeds up your processes with Software Robots that are 5 times faster and improve production quality with error free operations
- Compliance: RPA tracks bot performance and stores the data for auditing compliance with regulatory and governance requirements. It also reduces human interaction with sensitive data, reducing the potential for fraud.
- Cost savings: Cost Reductions With automation of repetitive manual processes, administrative costs are significantly reduced and the need for back-office resources is eliminated by 25-60%
- Employee productivity and morale: Automation of repetitive, mind-numbing tasks allows employees to be more productive and frees them up for higher-value work.
- Digital transformation: Using RPA, companies can automate parts of processes without making changes to legacy systems or investing in costly and time-consuming back-end integration with existing systems, allowing them to move forward on digital transformation.
It is expected that by 2025 the businesses will gain a potential savings of $5 trillion to $7 trillion due to RPA and when it comes to an emerging industry like apparel, using Robotic Process Automation becomes even more important.
RPA in Apparel can help retailers organize complicated organizational tasks, such as compliance and audit regulation. When these activities are automated, employees can spare time for complex and strategic roles.
RPA is without a doubt, an ingenious solution to common issues in traditional work environments. Moreover, the opportunity it presents for businesses is worth its weight in gold. If properly implemented, businesses stand to benefit from it. However, companies should also understand that humans and machines on their own are insufficient to drive businesses in the coming years. Successful companies in the future will be those that know how to combine the two effectively.