Guest Post: Turn Over Your Retail Asset Protection to the Cloud by Using BOSNET and Microsoft Azure

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The following is a guest post by Reza Radian, BU Head at BOSNET.

A typical retail distribution company can have thousands of transactions per day, each including many products. With that many transactions, a depot is vulnerable to manipulations in operation or errors in administration, resulting in asset (products or cash) loss. So, how can you prevent asset loss to avoid reducing retail company profit?

Most distribution companies protect assets by watching closely to prevent stock loss in the warehouse, canvassing operations, and delivery operations as well as cash loss and invoice loss, especially outstanding invoices. But having personnel manually cross-check transactions opens possibilities for error and is costly in administration.

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When Indonesian company PT. Surya Mustika Nusantara (PT SMN) was experiencing critical conditions and detecting many frauds, they decided to seek out a system to help protect distribution assets in the simplest way. They found that, thanks to cloud computing, asset protection doesn't need to be labor intensive.

PT SMN enlisted BOSNET Distribution to protect retail distribution assets by automatically cross-checking transactions multiple ways to determine what salespeople, collectors, and delivery people reported, what warehouse staff reported (e.g., remaining stock from each vehicle), and what the cashier reported.

"As we looked for a solution, we were assured that BOSNET Distribution could get us out of those conditions in no more than three months. In fact, the pilot project finished ahead of schedule and is currently rolling out to more sites," said Indro Budiono, President Director, PT. Surya Mustika Nusantara.

BOSNET takes advantage of the open, flexible, enterprise-grade Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform to unlock unparalleled compute and storage performance for customer distribution business. The .NET solution is based on Azure Virtual Machines connected to an Azure SQL Database for an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model. A .NET client application connects to the back end, and portable end-point devices provide updates on the movement of stock.

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