Abhitech IT Solutions Private Limited developed a comprehensive supply chain management system which has proven to be a powerful, affordable solution tailored to the business needs of Pradesik Cooperative Dairy Federation (PCDF), say Abhishek Tiwari, Managing Director and Amit Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer, Abhitech IT Solutions Private Limited, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).
“The mobile solutions has helped PCDF to ensure there is full transparency in the system and the orders are delivered to Anganwadis, some of which are located in remote areas of the state.”
Give us an overview of the Supply Chain Management system implemented in PCDF.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh announced ‘Hausala Nutrition Scheme’ – an ambitious programme to improve nutritional health of women and children in the State.
The order of milk and ghee under this scheme was placed with PCDF. To supply whole milk powder and ghee to millions of ‘Anganwadi’ centers spread across 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh was a huge task for PCDF.
We developed a comprehensive Supply Chain Management system that had a browser-based interface for computers and mobile phones and app-based interface for iOS and Android smartphones. We used infographics to provide insights and automatic alerts in mobile apps. It was an open source and a fullycustomised solution. This system was easy to use, modern and mobile friendly.
What were the challenges you faced in Uttar Pradesh?
We faced several challenges including large population of the state and limited budget available for IT. There were many stakeholders involved in the entire process who needed to be brought together. The business processes were still evolving for the scheme, but the management wanted to ensure that the delivery was made to the last element of the supply chain – ‘Anganwadis’ in remote villages, and the updates were required on a real-time basis.
How Abhitech managed to deliver the project in record time?
Using agile methodology, Abhitech delivered the entire project in a span of merely two months. Our experienced team used agile development to ensure it was ready just in time. We had done scrums on a weekly basis to meet the tight deadline.
Open source solution: Abhitech used open source platforms to develop this application. This ensured that PCDF did not have to pay for any licensing fee of any proprietary software. This also allowed the dairy federation to have complete ownership of the application along with the source code.
Custom dashboard for each stakeholder: Abhitech provided each stakeholder a custom dashboard that allowed him/her to have quick overview of the information of interest to him/her.
Android app to generate picture receipt for delivery at ‘Anganwadis’: To ensure that the orders were delivered to Anganwadis, Abhitech developed an androidbased app that allowed the delivery person to click a photograph with the random code generated by app and the geo-location coordinates.
iPhone app for top management to access real-time reports: Abhitech delivered an iPhone app for the top management to view reports related to production, delivery, finances and more. The app has modern infographics and provides insights into short-term and long-term operations of ‘Hausala’ scheme milk and ghee supply by PCDF.
“Using agile methodology, Abhitech delivered the entire project in a span of merely two months.”
What results did you get after implementing the solution?
Abhitech’s Supply Chain Management system has proven to be a powerful, affordable solution tailored to the business needs of PCDF.
Business insight improves productivity: Power business analysis tools help provide real-time insights into performance of all designated organisations and staff
Rapid implementation meets needs of business: With rapid deployment of the system, Abhitech has helped PCDF achieve its targets.
Better information management cuts reporting time and boosts efficiency. To meet the pressures of managing huge demand of WMP and ghee for ‘Hausala Nutrition Scheme’, PCDF now has flexible system in place to standardise reporting and access realtime information.
All PCDF manufacturing units, nodal officers, milk unions and head office now work in sync to deliver orders timely.
PCDF has 75 nodal officers across Uttar Pradesh, each stationed at a district office. There are about 18 milk unions that work to complete these orders and there are currently two (and more coming soon) manufacturing units at Lucknow and Meerut districts. The head office for PCDF is located in Lucknow.
With Abhitech’s solution in place, all these work are in sync to ensure time delivery of the orders received.
Mobile solutions help PCDF track delivery at ‘Anganwadis’
The mobile solution has helped PCDF to ensure there is full transparency in the system and the orders are delivered to Anganwadis, some of which are located in remote areas of the state. The receipts generated are made available for all stakeholders to see.