Balancing motherhood with a thriving career at Acuver

I am Neha Dwivedi, Senior Consultant at Acuver, a workplace that allowed me the flexibility to nurture my child as well as accelerate my career.

 

This March I celebrate one year of working with Acuver and I rest assured that my career is on the growth trajectory. A truly nurturing career is where the delicate balance between high performance and low pressure is achieved. At Acuver, my peers and managers have always encouraged me to learn more and do more, without any pressure.

 

Last year, my daughter was only one-year-old when I embarked on a job search. Without any spare hands at home, I needed to be there for my daughter as well as focus on my career. I needed a company where I could get flexible work timings, where I would be valued for my aptitude and output and not just for being present nine to five. A few of my friends who were working at Acuver recommended the workplace. I have fond memories of my conversation with Sahiba Singh, Chief People Officer, during the interview. When I said that “I am a mother”, her response was “so am I!”, erasing the creases in my brow.

 

I give my job by 100% and in turn, Acuver trusts me with the flexibility that I need in order to flourish. Women juggle many responsibilities between house, family, children, and career. Without a supporting employer, it is impossible to emerge successfully as a working woman today. March 8 was International Women’s Day, and the theme this year was #EachforEqual. Each for equal stands for a gender-equal world- an environment that does everything so that no one is held back from an opportunity because of their gender.

 

In all that I have experienced here, Acuver is all for equal. More than 33% of employees in Acuver are women, spanning across all roles from leadership to managerial, technical and operational. I have seen Acuver take an active interest in identifying all employees’ interests and creating an environment catering to fulfillment, growth and work-life balance. The culture here is of openness and diversity, where everyone is accepted and respected for who they are and given room to grow into.

 

The peace of mind that comes with job satisfaction is also conducive to having the energy to invest in hobbies and personal growth. I am a dancer deep down, and I relish my weekends taking dance classes for children in my neighborhood and playing basketball. Writing is another love of mine, and I blog about my motherhood experiences here. The happiness that comes from these little pleasures, allows me to return to work rejuvenated and do my best every time.

 

I must add, putting in the diligent effort is always appreciated at Acuver. Here’s what my Manager, has to say about me: “Neha is my go-to-person when I need someone to take initiatives and firefight. She is a cherished resource and always delivers way more than expected.” This makes me beam with pride, naturally!

 

Acuver Consulting helps companies optimize their supply-chain for enhanced efficiency, profitability and customer experience. Acuver combines the right tools, methodologies, and expertise in IT, business and technology to deliver solutions customized to the client’s unique operational landscape. For a career with us, drop in your resume at careers@acuverconsulting.com

 

Predictive supply chain management – A Priority

With the world becoming a global village and businesses catering to the needs worldwide, challenges of conducting the business smoothly have also soared. The widened scope of supplier networks and its channelized management have become major issues faced by companies today. Thus, use of efficient and structured supply chain systems have become inevitable.

As reported by Logistics Bureau, businesses with optimal supply chains account for 15% lower supply chain related costs, 50% lesser inventory holdings, and almost three times faster cash-to-cash cycles, than those who do not focus on optimization of their supply chain systems. Accenture study had surveyed supply chain officers, and 70% of them predicted that by 2020, Supply Chain shall become a key driver in ensuring better customer service for enterprises.

But, there’s more to simply having a supply chain solution in place. Businesses today need real-time visibility and advanced supply chain analytics solutions to achieve transparency at every level and finding deviations, if any, right at the source, in real-time.

In fact, GEODIS Supply Chain Worldwide Survey, 2017, have placed Supply Chain Visibility amongst the top strategic priorities of companies globally.

An in-depth knowledge and real-time information of operations taking place within your supply chain can help your company make informed decisions regarding deliveries, customer feedbacks, logistics planning, etc. Another fundamental role of better supply chain visibility is that it can help in getting swift, in fact, predictive responses to deviations in supply chain processes. It helps businesses manage their materials, inventories, logistics, and deliveries in a better way by identifying supply chain incompetency before it actually happens.

 

Key supply chain complexities that require a new outlook

 

1.Inefficient or sluggish communication within the network: 

 

For making informed decisions, uninterrupted and rapid flow of data within the supplier network is vital. However, slower information flow through emails and chats are one of the major hindrances in optimization of supply chain and its visibility.

 

2. Reactive handling rather than a proactive approach:

 

Responding to problems after they have occurred will not be adequate in the times, we are living in. Lack of predictive analysis of the supply chain is the biggest reason why businesses are not meeting customer expectations and incurring losses. To put it simply, project leaders are not able to develop a foresight due to slack in using the previous insights to anticipate the future issues and address them beforehand. Hence, there is a dire need of proactive assessment and management of probable errors and inefficiencies.

 

3. Disruption in inbound supply networks:

 

Businesses are still using the conventional methods of Excel-based or BI led analytics leading to lost vision and control of managers over inbound supply networks. This may result in interrupted logistics, inventory management, and other inbound operations. Thus, the need of the hour is to have advanced supply chain analytics that uses iterative approach of finding, analyzing, and foretelling the problems before they occur. The supply chain analytics should be designed in a such a way that it can record any aberration before time or in real-time, and raise alarm or flag-off the issue to managers while there’s still time to take corrective steps. It can help in rapid fixation of any errors or identification of any loopholes/wrongdoings for smoother functionality of inbound supply networks in the long run.

 

4. Lack of intelligent system to sieve through the sea of data: 

 

With the massive flow of data every minute, hour, and day of the year, manual or data-entry based reporting can be seen as obsolete or rather slow and error-prone systems. It can lead to delayed response time and inaccurate actions from businesses. Developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions, accompanied by Machine Learning (ML), is what organizations need in order to be proactive in decision-making. Not just diagnosis, but prognosis of data, to identify changes in trends is what is required for businesses to take preventive measures to eliminate the chances of damage.

 

Three ways to achieve better supply chain visibility

 

Deployment of advanced integrated technologies, greater employees’ sensitization at all supply network tiers, and robust workflows are three pillars that can build highly effective supply chain visibility for your businesses. Let us discuss each one in detail:

 

1.Deploying the best technologies:

 

Understanding the needs of individual supply chain management and investing in a system that resolves all its challenges can give you relevant insights leading to better business decisions. As discussed above, AI and ML backed technologies can play pivotal role in expanding supply chain visibility through providing highly accurate, predictive as well as prescriptive reports to act on. Smart AI can help anticipate and track fallacies beforehand, alert the right people, offer the right suggestions, and provide insights for decision-making, thereby allowing the managers to eliminate problems quickly.

 

2.Expanding employees’ span of supply chain visibility:

 

In the conventional way of business operations, employees remained limited to their specialization and would just be involved with a part of supply chain network. Business needs an environment where employees at all levels of management can ideate, communicate, and collaborate together, to address the issues and aid better decisions. This would bring around the highest level of transparency, where instead of pushing blame, employees can actually work together and find solutions to the upcoming problems proactively. Enriched and empowered employees can prove instrumental in predicting, identifying and rectifying errors and inefficiencies timely.

 

3. Developing strong workflows:

 

Robust workflows are the essence of informed and rapid decision-making. Seamless workflow systems connecting all supplier networks under one cloud based eco-system is one of the most effective ways of achieving supply chain optimization. This requires complete integration of supply chain silos. Once all the systems get integrated, streamlined workflows can be designed that aid in smooth functioning of the supply chain.

 

Reap the benefits of supply chain visibility

 

Leveraging the power of AI/ML to develop smart supply chain ecosystem that can automatically provide accurate analytics reports and spot any gaps is what businesses should focus on developing for better management of inbound and outbound operations. A highly predictive real-time and holistic approach towards supply chain management is imperative to meet customer demands, cut operating costs, and stay ahead of the competition. The magic of achieving optimal supply chain visibility lies in the inherent understanding of your business needs, building a transparent and an intuitive supply chain network that aims at improving customer interaction with your products and services.

 

 

Top 5 Customer Experience Trends that rules in 2020

Daniel Starch, the pioneer in customer research and marketing, introduced Starch Test. The test measures the effectiveness of print ads. Fast forward a century, marketing has moved quite ahead of print ads, and we often notice new trends driving customer experience. A mix of technology and psychology is creating a stir in marketing. Topped with data privacy in the age of social media, customer experience strategies are more customer-focused than product-focused. No wonder CX leaders rang 3x higher ROI than the laggards.

Let’s see customer experience trends that rules in 2020.

 

1. Omnichannel Customer Experience

 

When 72% of customers expect brands to remember their shopping history, making your brand’s presence everywhere is obvious. The key to measuring users’ pulse is being active on various channels your users interact at—stores, marketplaces, web stores, brand’s website, mobile app, etc.

Apart from the omnipresence, the experience should also be consistent for the users. If the bots are aware of all the financial, verbal, face to face, and chat transactions, so should be the agents—online and in-store. Erratic information flow irks 89% of the customers and becomes a roadblock for delivering good CX.

Only after collecting a buyer’s purchasing fragments from various channels of their interactions, you deliver a personalized experience. This ultimately converts leads into loyal customers.

 

2.Technology—AI, IoT, Automation—at Forefront

 

Behind consistent customer experience is the technology stack the brands are using. Bots that learn quickly and build databases of customers’ queries, automation deciphering verbal communication, and AI-enabled experience are the rising trends.

These technologies collate all the stopovers and milestones a user makes in their journey and render a road devoid of bumps with real-time insights. Trying cosmetics on your face live on a beauty store’s app is one such example that lends higher confidence to the buyers.

Likewise, self-functioning machines are making users’ life easy. IoT enabled devices can buy your staple needs without you visiting a store. Automation like voice assistants is a crucial part of 55% of young Americans these days.

 

3. Predictive analytics for Hyper-Personalization

 

Hyper-personalization collates data about users’ behavior and sentiments in real-time. Then using predictive analytics, brands offer tailor-made suggestions and products suiting users’ demands. This leads to a higher conversion rate.

Finding the right time, platform, and method to advertise to a user is possible using predictive analytics. After sifting through gazillions of data, segmenting it according to the customer demographics and designing and testing marketing automation are only possible using advanced analytics.

Predictive analytics also delve deep into the negative feedback. This realm of data has a high potential to improve customer experience.

If you are not predicting using heaps of data,  you may not serve 80% of customers who enjoy and expect personalization.

 

4. Balance Between Humanity and Technology

 

With technology comes the challenge to induce the human factor in customer experience. Despite all the bots humming around the communication channels, consumers crave for a human touch. And 85% of marketers believe in this.

However smart and intelligent a bot gets, consumers often like to talk to a human on the other side. The reason is emotional intelligence and empathy a live agent offers.

Another factor that demands humanization is the check on the rampant use of personal data. Once users lose trust in a brand due to unethical raking of data and eventual misuse, their loyalty erodes. This has given rise to companies investing in new roles like ethical officers. These officials ensure the proper use of data in the age of impulsive marketing.

 

5. Crucial Data Protection – key to customer experience

 

With GDPR, CCPA, and HIPPA—in the healthcare industry—data protection is not only an ethical need but also a policy to abide by.

Bots and data collection methods like surveys, social media tracking, and marketing campaigns crawl across the dimensions of the internet. These collections are vital to design AI solutions and personalized marketing. But these also expose personal data of the users to vulnerable security links. One of the biggest leaks was Yahoo’s in 2013, involving 3 Billion users.

To mitigate such risks affecting customers and their brand loyalty, companies need to create deep and wide moats to reach datasets.

2-factor authentication, data encryption, restricted authorization to servers and data centers, and robust security of network and firewalls are some of the ways. Additionally, employee and consumer education and sensitization are obligatory to act proactively and promptly in case of threats.

 

Conclusion

 

The trends might change, but at the core, transparency and relationships go a long way. In vague attempts, brands should not forget these. Most important is to keep users informed about the impact of the choices they make.

Creating an unforgettable customer experience is not only about trends and strategies. CX is a domain to be handled by experts like Acuver Consulting. If you need a result-oriented solution, contact us today.

The Big Day – Acuver Family Outing

As a part of our employee engagement activity, Acuver team recently went for a fun outing for two days at Palm Meadows Club, a luxury resort in the outskirts of Bangalore. At Acuver, we understand the value of a family and the support they provide to the employee to help them excel in the workplace, hence as a token of gratitude, we invited all our employees along with their family. While some came with their spouses and children, few came with respected parents. The entire event was planned out well in advance where employees, along with their family members, actively participated in team building activities and games. It was a great way to relax, enjoy and have fun for the entire Acuver family. . “I didn’t know my dad would enjoy so much playing games, thank you Acuver,” said an employee while another colleague mentioned, “My mom was happy to be a part of it. Ever since she has come back from the event, she has been chatting about it to all her friends!”

And here’s some more from our colleagues…

“All the activities were thoughtfully designed so that everyone stays engaged. That’s what I liked most about this outing.”

“It was a great opportunity for us to get up, close, and personal with our colleagues. Although we meet every day, we hardly get a chance to know each other. This was the perfect way to know each other informally. I am sure this will help to make our team stronger.”

“The fact that our family was invited too was really a wonderful gesture shown by the organisation. I felt proud to bring my spouse to the event. She enjoyed it thoroughly.”

 

Customer Experience – How to set it right?

Last 5 years have proved to be a transcendental era for consumer internet in the digital world. Since E-commerce biggies prioritized user-ratings, high-ticket products started selling. As a result, recommendations got filtered and ratings started getting influenced by personal circumstances (customer experience). With this digitization, the Internet soon became the place where the actual democratization of knowledge happened.

 

What changed? E-commerce, food delivery, cab-hailing, and digital payments all consequently came at the top of consumer internet pyramid, where the user’s ability to pay, evidently lies. This was a result of:

(a) The rising smartphone penetration facilitated companies to access and communicate with customers.

(b) Demographic dividend- 65% of India’s population is below 35 years of age who are active internet users.

Companies are now dealing with a more knowledgeable customer base. A transfer of power happened which directly influences big purchasing decisions. We are living in an era, where the consumer is the king. The influence on consumers is not confined to the brand image which is being projected glamorously. Instead, effective and satisfying end-to-end consumer experience that provides them with an immediate solution is what defines the image of a brand these days.

Steps to achieve seamless customer experience

 

A connected customer journey involves the integration of coherent marketing. 

To save the effectiveness of good consumer experience, it is necessary to pay attention to personalization. As times have evolved, a new customer service is more likely to involve multiple departments. In short, the customer expectation lies primarily in receiving the right product through the right channel and at the right moment. Since a good connected customer experience can bring game-changing consequences here organization need to follow below steps to set the customer experience right:

 

 

Steps to set Customer Experience Right

 

  • Navigating through the customer journey: Balancing inside-out touch points, products, services, and channels with outside-in customer attitude, perceptions, wants and needs can lure out a significant output of customer experience management. Navigating through entire customer experience life-cycle will help companies to deliver the right experiences to the right customers at the right times. More, understand that customer experience is different from customer opinion; many companies have developed excellent marketing strategies based on CX data.

 

  • Identifying your target audience: In order to rise above the noise, it is important to speak the language of the customer and to reach personas with valuable content. Companies need to answer two questions for identifying their target audience i.e.- “How do we fit in the industry?” and “What help can we offer in the current mix of consumer internet?”.

        Why identifying target audience is important?

 (a) Target Marketing finds growth potential

 (b) It builds interest and creates a brand loyalty

 (c) Keeps companies stay competitive

 (d) It is cost-effective to refine your audience

 (e) Helps you manage your customer expectations as well

 

  • Wise Investments: In order to achieve higher revenue, retention, and improved CX, companies should invest in improvising consumer experiences across the life cycle. Focusing on improving experiences, across the entire journey i.e. from prospect to the customer that span the entire journey stages and channels, along with improvising specific experiences like email, websites, mobile and social media, would help companies achieve broader goals.

   Straight benefits of Wise Investments:

(a) Faster top-line growth for experience-driven businesses.

(b) Attracting wise customers

(c) Winning, Engaging and Retaining customers

(d) Improved dynamics of employee engagements

 

What as an organization you should do?  

 

It’s time to start creating an experiential customer journey.  The steps mentioned above will guide you down the path to deliver a great customer experience by creating an experiential customer journey. An impact that persuades your customer to come back.  A reason for your customer to recommend your organization!!

 

And if your organization needs an expert in getting started or executing your customer experience strategy, don’t worry. Contact us (Email: contact@acuverconsulting.com ). For more details visit us at http://www.acuverconsulting.com/.  We will help you build a trusted relationship with your customers.

 

Why Visibility Across Supply Chain Is Critical for Your Business?

Even though the supply chain industry has been around for a long time, the complexity of supply chains has increased many folds since the 2000s. The world is rapidly witnessing a transition in supply chain from the linear nodal systems of interaction among consumers and suppliers towards a diverse and autonomous model.

The primary sources of increased complexity are the ever-increasing customer expectation, globalization of operations and expanding supplier network. Customer demands more choices, shorter lead times and tailored delivery. Along with that organization needs to meet their growth aspirations. Moreover, growing product lines, numerous shipping options, and wider geographic distribution have called for integrations of new technologies. All these have opened new avenues of opportunities and collaboration between the various stratum of the supply chain, adding new layers of complexity.

Let’s discuss the challenges posed on managing the supply chain due to increasing complexity.

Supply Chain

Increased Number of Milestones to Meet Customer Expectations

As organizations aspire to grow, its customer base and product portfolio also grow. To manage this increasing number of suppliers, other technology partners get added in the chain. This subsequently adds more steps needed to complete orders and provide a tailored delivery.  Here achieving milestone depends on the kind of order placed. An order might be contingent on order manufacturing, order splitting and multi-leg international shipments. All these factors make the supply chain even more complex.

Ever-Increasing Operational Cost

Today logistics and supply chain operations contribute around 5% to 50% of the total product cost. Customers demand more focused, unique and differentiated products which in turn create need to manage a large product portfolio. Due to the business going global, increased product line, expanded geographic distribution, and shift from decentralized to specialized procurement, it has become very difficult to maintain optimum operational cost. All of these also adds to warehouse storage, administrative and operational cost.

Tracking Communication for Making Quick Informed Decision

Today, about 80% of the supplier network activities happen outside an organisation involving various stakeholders to serve customers across the globe. This often leads to miscommunication and disinformation among the supply chain processes due to factors like geographical obstacles and foreign language barriers.  As a result, communication and the ability to make quick informed decisions in the supply chain based on multidisciplinary information can be extremely challenging.

Also, the dawn of advanced communication technologies (internet, social networks) has provided businesses access to a huge volume of information. But out of all these humongous amounts of data having the right data at the right time is a challenge. Also, the validity of information thus collected may last only for a limited time due to fluctuating market conditions. All these may cause deficient or false data to be captured which in-turn prompts a Bullwhip Effect.

Heterogeneous Applications Makes the System Fragile

As supply chain complexity increased, business imbibed heterogeneous technology to facilitate seamless execution of supply chain processes.  Since there are multiple vendors and stakeholders involved the overall system becomes fragile. The data accumulated using sophisticated technologies must pass through each interconnected department precisely as it is. Any kind of loss or alteration in the information passing process can result in huge damages for the business. Just imagine the scale of damage, if decisions were taken based on erroneous data. Sounds scary, isn’t it?

Need for Precise Demand Forecasting and Business Planning

Demand forecasting in the supply chain is easier said than done. Even the big players fail to reach 100% precise results. Walgreens faced a huge loss of $1 Billion in 2014 due to incorrect forecasting. This depicts the criticality of the precise demand forecasting system.

With demand volatility increasing at an unprecedented rate and higher service expectations, it becomes difficult to reliably forecast an increasing number of SKU combinations. This impacts inventory to accommodate long-tail, erratic demand. What happens in-turn is extra freight costs, excess and obsolete inventory.

With products proliferation and ever-increasing demand volatility, channels become more specialized and the ability to forecast accurately is getting more difficult. Also, demand data is becoming more complex, and the usual responses are less effective. And as business goes global demand planning gets more terraces to cover.

CONCLUSION

For supply chain professionals, managing a supply chain that handles thousands of products and involves numerous stakeholders requires tackling a lot of complexities. And believe me, these complexities are here to stay and grow. You need to excel in tackling complexity and convert it into your competitive advantage. While we analyse these impacts, we can clearly see that gaining visibility into each component of your supply chain helps to manage expectations real-time and allows you to set the right expectation to your customer. There are several visibility solutions that help you manage complexity. Pick the ones that help you create wow experience for your customer.

Reference: https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2014/08/25/two-key-executives-leave-walgreen-due-to-a-1-billion-forecasting-error/#6271326d484e

Order Management System: Taking E-Commerce efficiency to greater heights

Order Management System: Taking E-Commerce efficiency to greater heights

Order Management System (OMS), as indicated by the name, is critical to a company’s performance and its customer experience cycle (CX). E-Commerce is rapidly taking over the retail domain and despite being a late starter, India has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world with a project CAGR of 51% year-on-year.[1] The Indian online retail market was pegged at $39 billion in 2017, and is all set to touch $120 billion in 2020.[2]

With such incredible pace of growth of the online retail, it becomes absolutely critical to have a robust, Omni-channel Order Management System in place. With an average of tens of thousands of daily shipments (a number that could rise tenfold during major festivals and sales), it would be overwhelming to manually handle the volumes.

To cater to the festive season rush, a rapidly growing E-Commerce platform put in place an OMS, but, within hours of activation, various glitches started coming to notice. Many orders were booked for products that were not in stock. Some of the customers complained about not getting the order confirmation emails despite having made the payment. The spurt in order booking only resulted in the error percentage rising sharply. Eventually, the portal received widespread criticism on social media about failing to deliver products, delivering wrong products etc.

Elements like the integration of inventory management, payment processing, and shipping, etc. are factors that critically impact the entire order cycle. Glitches related to any of these areas can effectively ruin the customer experience or his/her purpose of buying a product.

However, putting in place an efficient OMS that seamlessly integrates the following can change the entire scenario.

  • E-Commerce Application – OMS receives orders from customers, and can display stock availability and shipment status
  • ERP/Financial Master – Handles inventory and sales updates
  • Payment Gateway – Integrates the various online payment processes through cards, Net banking or e-wallets.
  • Warehouse Management – Takes care of inventory and warehouse management
  • Taxation – Automates the calculation of applicable taxes on the billed value of the product and delivery location etc.
  • PoS integration – Integrates the inventory and payment changes for cash purchases made at a retail store and allows the online customers to see the in-store inventory availability.
  • Product Information Management (PIM) – Despite the option of catalogue in standard OMS, the PIM feature can include more images, video, and other forms of digital content that can positively impact sales conversions.
  • Email Management – The OMS integrates the existing client email tool to ensure a seamless branded email order creation and shipment status information that is shared with the customers.
  • Shipping Management – The OMS calculates estimated shipping costs for an order and assigns it to the right vendor enabling the business to provide accurate shipping charges and fulfilment to the customers.

Businesses are individual entities and each company has its unique challenges as well as requirements. Acuver’s vast experience with OMS integrations has led to the insight that an inefficiently or incorrectly integrated OMS can create hurdles to smooth conduct of business operations. Each of the application comes with its own guidelines, best practices and suggestions, but, Acuver goes beyond them to resolve seven critical concerns and extract optimal benefits from an advanced OMS. Those are as follows:

Lack of emphasis on business cases

Quite often, businesses take initiatives based on what their competitors do. They might be prone to measure success on the basis of project completion rather than achieving the business goals. Defining and adhering to business cases for the implementation results in faster impact, better team capabilities and enhanced user experience.

Scalability

Implemented correctly, the modern OMS can handle scenarios like growth, merger and acquisition strategies, etc. Therefore, it is imperative that future ‘brand acquisition’ and business expansion plans are taken into consideration at the early stages of the project. Taking into account the ‘future’ enables you to create a system that offers scalability and flexibility in the years ahead.

Overwhelming the system

A good OMS caters to almost every element of the fulfilment cycle. However, it doesn’t mean that you should roll out everything at one go, because that will lead to a much longer time required to implement the system and make it more risk prone. The rapid pace of market evolution might result in your business strategies changing even before the system is live. Therefore, Acuver’s expertise enables you to take well-informed and step-by-step route towards OMS integration.

 Lack of attention on capabilities

By analysing the ‘capability’ factor, it is possible to determine what is required to integrate a specific vendor, channel or product range. You might have multiple brands, one of which requires a simple integration of limited product lines whereas the other requires a highly complex delivery planning and scheduling infrastructure, so it is imperative to integrating the simpler brand first while working on capability building to integrate the other later.

Lack of timely training to technical team

Barring the scenario where you are outsourcing the whole IT initiative to a provider like Acuver, you need to train your team to independently handle the OMS. As per Acuver’s experience, it can cause major disruptions to wait for the new system to go-live before training the in-house teams on it.

Partnering with the wrong OMS provider

It is of utmost importance that your OMS integration partner is a subject matter expert. While there is no lack of talented IT people who offer OMS services, they might just focus on making live a packaged solution instead of exploring the application to ensure maximum value yield for your business.

Inadequate testing and performance evaluation

While a good OMS is likely to function well most of the time, lack of adequate testing will always be a concern. Imagine how chaotic it would be if your OMS develops snags right in the middle of holiday season when it is pushed to operate at its maximum level. We have witnessed instances where e-commerce sites suffered from a downtime of over a week due to lack of adequate testing. So unless you are not concerned about such potentially catastrophic risks, make sure to align with an expert partner who has testing as a crucial part of the plans, right from the early stages.

Key takeaway

Acuver’s client-oriented OMS implementations help cultivate an enduring client relationship based on trust and our ability to ensure that the overall project expenditures remain lower for our clients. Partner with Acuver to get the best out of your OMS keeps you one step ahead of the game, always!

[1] https://www.ibef.org/industry/ecommerce.aspx

[2] https://www.ibef.org/industry/ecommerce.aspx

On Autonomy, Codfishes & Functional Monoliths

P G Wodehouse is my favourite humorist. There has never been a better wordsmith of the English language. One of the characters that P G Wodehouse writes about is an aging wooly minded peer – the Nineth Earl of Ermswoth – who spends his life pottering around his garden and his pig’s sty much to the vexation of his sisters. One constant source of frustration for Lord Ermsworth is his second son – Freddie Threepwood. Continue reading

Beginning from within: Empowering women and leading the change

Empowering women isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do – Barack Obama

Gender diversity and equality are increasingly being prioritized and appreciated in the professional world today. Many organizations are adopting proactive approaches to solve some major challenges that have plagued women professionals since ages: including pay disparity, sexual harassment, and other discrimination in terms of opportunity, promotion, and leave. It is these liberal organizations who are leading the way in translating empowering and diverse work cultures into the bigger picture – the Indian society.

Acuver Consulting is exemplifying such a change as they critically consider the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of their female employees. They are establishing sensitivity, protection, and conducive growth as the pillars of a liberal and empowering work culture.

With gender diversity and equality as part of the work culture through conducive growth opportunities for its women employees, Acuver is certainly leading the change. The consultancy company has garnered considerable women representation across all divisions and ensures that the numbers only rise by nurturing inclusivity and diversity.

No-questions-asked regarding postpartum remote working  

At the outset, Acuver tackles the challenge of post-partum leave with a culture where no questions are asked regarding location of working and there is no room for a doubt. The company provides its women employees with the unarguable liberty of flexibility, regarded that targets and deadlines are met. The same flexibility applies across the organization. This gender equality and diversity enables everyone to give their best while maintaining organizational productivity as well.

Divya Ravi, Managing Consultant at Acuver, shares an intimate connection with Acuver in comparison to the other companies she has worked in. The working mother who has been in the organization for over 5 years, adds, “The best part about Acuver is that it helped me do justice to my role as a mother and a professional. Acuver ensured a balance between my assignments and personal life when I gave birth to my second child. They helped me attain this balance without creating a dip in my learning curve. Clients have in fact reverted in appreciation of the quality of work and experience that I bring to the table”.

Accommodative approach to training

Apart from harnessing a sensitive and friendly workplace environment for women, Acuver goes a step further in nurturing their growth. For instance, if a woman is trained in a certain technology and wants to upgrade her skills, Acuver takes a responsible and proactive approach to enable growth through training programmes. As a result, women feel secure within the organization, even while remote working, because they have no qualms about their growth being hampered by this arrangement.

Sahana Rao, Associate Manager in the Human Resource Department, says “Acuver has become my family, in the true sense of the word. Their accommodative nature and flexibility make me strive to give my best each day as I feel elated to see so many women working in demanding positions with equal opportunities.”

Each organization naturally mirrors the values, perspectives, and opinions of its leaders and founder. Acuver’s Founder Sunny Nandwani is known for his efforts to develop a gender diverse and equal work culture at the organization. He says, “When an individual establishes a venture, it is termed as his/her ‘brainchild’. I take the connotation seriously and continue to strengthen the deep connection I have formed with all members of Acuver. In order to build any successful organization, there must be mutual respect and compassion among each member with no barriers whatsoever. This is why I accommodate and prioritize effective recruitment and retention strategies to enhance women representation. In this era of liberty, justice, and feminism, organizations that adapt to the change without being immune to the needs of every person in the larger context, are the ones who will truly reach newer heights.”

In conclusion

The work culture at Acuver has been rightfully summarized as a ‘family’ by several women employees. Families not only encourage during the highs of life, but also support each other in times of need. Acuver does just that by forging strong familial bonds while creating an environment that is conducive to the development of an individual and thus the organization as well.

Acuver Family Outing: Chikmagalur

Holidays are all about being together with family and friends. With year-end approaching and holidays round-the-corner we planned to conclude our year-long hard work with a team outing.  While we work, we have a family that works and stand by us. Nothing can be better than being with your team with family by your side. So, the event was designed as “Team outing with family”. Nothing more we could ask for!!!

It was a 2-day trip to Chikmagalur with family. Our trip manager asked us to be at pick-up-point at 7 A.M considering the obvious delays that will be there.  Most of us made it along with few delays. All were in by 8 A.M, boarded the bus and we were on the way. The excitement resonated the feeling of school picnic with energetic kids and fun-filled Acuverites. We engaged in Antrakshari, Dumb charades, solved puzzles etc. We reached resort by 2:00 P.M.

Chikmagalur, a hill station, was a bliss in the nature with soothing effect on mind and body. We were given a warm welcome and sumptuous food was appetizing. Have a guess, which activity did we start with. Well no awards for that guess. For sure it’s cricket. Our players made it professional, teams were named ‘Bahubali’ & ‘Shimba’. They put up a thrilling match coupled with audience cheers and claps.

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A bouquet of activity waited, and we headed for rain-dance. Though it was 05:00 P.M. and a bit cold we couldn’t stop kids from participating. They danced their best and elders followed in. Hold on we also had swimmers who headed for swimming and played pool volleyball.  Its was already 07:00 P.M. We were provided pool-side snacks and warm filter coffee.

Hold your breath, time to relax, we already have done so much since morning. People just sat down and were wondering what next. Then the bon-fire started with latest party song and all known steps were put to action.

To the north of Chikmagalur is Baba Budangiri, a mountain range in the Western Ghats, with 3 large caves said to be holy. Trails through forests and grasslands lead up to Mullayanagiri Peak. This definition describes trekking inevitable and we cannot contain ourselves, though the trails were scary, trekkers paved their way. Wallpaper of our laptops describing nature turned into reality. We could see the part of nature we miss while juggling between tabs of our screen.

While at work we often miss out time with kids.  Its was blessing to see them enjoying amidst nature, something that rarely happens in cities. With designated play area for kids, parents were least worried about them getting hurt. Nature is a good teacher for both children and adults. Went into nature while cycling with our kids.

Chirping birds served as alarm for next day morning. Opening eyes in the nature’s lap breathing fresh “oxygenated” air gave a feeling to be there forever. But it’s time to pack-up. We got ready and had luscious and delectable breakfast. On way back, we stopped by Hebbe Falls lie in an area of coffee plantations. We wanted to enjoy a little more, got an opportunity in form of boating and having luscious ice cream. All done we headed back home, a fun-filled memorable trip enjoyed to the fullest.

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While the enthusiasm and freshness in mind prepares us for the coming year. We wish everyone a fun-filled, successful 2019. Happy New year!