Your focus on creating leaner operations doesn’t just stop when evaluating software. “Go Google” to reduce your IT spending and increase productivity.
Experience first-hand the affect of real-time communication and collaboration on process efficiency. Staff can quickly see which orders have been handled and which still require action.
Manufacturing companies in the whole world are exploring out new and creative means to hold Google Apps to empower employees and streamline operations to stimulate product cycles and grow a business.
Let’s have a look top benefits; the manufacturing companies realize today with the Google Apps suite of productivity apps.
#1. Stimulate Product Innovation
With secure Google Docs, Sheets, and Drive, managers can collaborate and share CAD files, product designs, quality guidelines, research data, KPIs, test data, and mock-ups with stakeholders to accelerate product cycles and strategies, and reach data-driven business faster as a team.
Managers can also share relevant task lists and activities with Google Sheets or Google Calendar. You can also schedule live video meetings with your suppliers in Google Hangouts to improve communications and reduce cycle time.
#2. Empower Deskless and Mobile workers
With Google Apps, Give your team members the freedom to be productive and can go deskless in the plant or go mobile anywhere in the world.
From the plant floor or the field, they can access all the essential information like product specifications, work instructions, training videos, manuals, quality-control checklists, regulatory documents, reports, wherever they are and from any device like phones, tablets or Chrome books stored in Google Drive and Google+.
If employees or customers want an expert view, they can simply post a query on Google+.
Sales units can spend a plenty of time on the meeting with dealers and partners and drive sales wherever they are with instant access to pricing databases, product configurations models, or promotions. Learn more about Google Devices here.
#3. Recruit, Interview, or train agents from Everywhere
Google Apps helps in shortening the recruiting and on-boarding process. Candidates can apply using Google Forms and then you can conduct the interview with the help of Google Hangouts from anywhere in the world.
Essential onboarding information can be efficiently and securely shared with new hires to improve and speed up the onboarding process.
#4. Organize Employee schedules and Tasks
No need of sending out various updates for new tasks or any changes in the program. With Google Sites, Google Sheets, and Calendar, you can create and manage dynamic schedules to plan and distribute tasks in an easy way.
Team members and managers can stay in the loop remotely from mobile devices or computers by accessing updated information from one central location, or even provide feedback and updates by directly adding comments or changing their status.
#5. Create Expert Communities
You can use Google+ social communities in your company to share thoughts to increase sales, assist team members in learning from each other. Then provide feedback on new products, and create a greater sense of community.
#6. Control Plant Operations for all Workers and Employees Online
With Google Forms, you can easily streamline your processes by moving all your services and processes online. Create electronic forms in minutes with the help of Google Forms for time off requests, product recalls, or supply orders, etc.
For each task or line schedule, you can create Google Drive folders and Google Sites pages with photos, instructions, how-to videos and other files. Employees can easily access the instructions from shared workstations on the plant floor.
Tip: Check Interactive Drive Demo here.
#7. Create an Information Hub
To help all of your employees, operate all your blog posts, internal news, schedules, product documents, training content, online forms, and more in a single Google Sites website. It’s a one-stop place for essential information that any employee (or just a selected group) can access anytime, from any device.
Note: I recommend you to check out How to use Google Apps for your Retail Business.