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Tackling the Manufacturing Industry’s Labor Shortages with RPA

Tackling the Manufacturing Industry’s Labor Shortages with RPA

U.S employment statistics hit a new milestone last year, but not a positive one. In August 2021, almost 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s the highest number since the department began tracking voluntary resignations. 


While the reasons for quitting vary, one thing is clear: Businesses are having a tough time getting employees to come back. 80% of companies surveyed by the Conference Board, a business research nonprofit, say they are now finding it difficult to hire qualified workers.


The labor shortage, combined with increasing wages to attract new employees and keep those they have, has led many businesses to accelerate plans to adopt automation technologies like Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and outsourcing. 


Robotic process automation (RPA) is a software technology that makes it easy to build, deploy, and manage software robots that emulate humans’ actions interacting with digital systems and software. 


RPA can help manufacturers improve productivity, meet customers’ expectations, and consistently drive product innovation—all while lowering costs.


RPA provides several major benefits. The most immediate impact of RPA is that routine tasks are performed error-free and consistently. 


RPA also provides an audit trail of work performed, which can be valuable when the output of a process produces an unexpected result. In addition, RPA solutions can be configured to identify anomalies or red flags that may not be identifiable by an employee.


Perhaps the most important benefit is increased job satisfaction by freeing employees with more time to perform more valuable work—improved job satisfaction results in a better work environment and more productive employees. 



Several examples of the manufacturing processes an RPA solution works well for include:

      • Order fulfillment
      • Purchase order processing
      • Bill of materials
      • Inventory reports
      • Transportation management
      • Regulatory compliance
      • Customer support and communication



For over 20 years, SALIX Data has provided more than 2,500 customers with ways to streamline their business through technology and outsourcing solutions. 


SALIX’s expertise in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) allows organizations to automate repetitive, mundane tasks with intelligent software that simulates human behavior enabling business users to devote more time to serving customers or other higher-value work.


At SALIX, we have solutions that fit every sized organization that will reduce costs and improve quality.


Talk to us today to learn how we can help you maximize your RPA investment by identifying the best time to introduce RPA into your business. Let SALIX enable your best people to do what they are best at more often. 

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