Supply Chain is at the heart of every business – it is a system of organisations, people, activities, information and resources involved in moving products or services from supplier to customer. It may include the transformation of natural resources, raw materials and components into a finished product. Effective and dynamic supply chains are particularly important in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors, for example food & drink, retail or consumables, where products have one or more of the following characteristics: high volume, fast turnover and frequently purchased. FMCG have a short shelf life, either as a result of high consumer demand or because the product deteriorates rapidly.

In Africa the logistics around the informal market can be particularly challenging as distribution channels are wide and varied and not digitized with alot of manual tracking of goods. Waxed enables FMCG supply chain in the informal sector through the following features:

  • Mobile Invoicing is done via SMS/mms forthe merchant. History of all transactions and stock will be found on the app

  • Reporting and Tracking – Once transport agents & informal merchants are loaded into the system, all transactions are rich with information and are recorded to the system.

  • Cashless – Informal merchants & Consumers can deposit funds at participating retailers, ATMS or via EFT. Once their wallet is loaded, transactions are done by simply placing their finger on the Raven Device

  • QR Codes – The Raven device has the capability to generate QR Codes on its screen. This will enable merchants to receive payments from Consumers with QR code APPs. Examples of this include Snapscan, and banks

  • Connectivity – Apart from the Raven been able to do offline transactions, it has an advanced network roaming sim that does not depend on connectivity from one provider only. This means the Raven Device can Roam across multiple networks across Africa.

  • Inventory Management Lite – The RAVEN device feeds information to the Waxed Backend system. Products can identified via barcodes. The inventory system can keep track of individual product levels in transit, informal merchants and consumer. Consumer stock is just used to see the total product purchases a consumer has done, where it was purchased, for how much & when.

  • GPS enabled – All transactions are stamped with a GPS location. The GPS also allows for tracking. This allows for powerful location based information and analytics.

  • Simplicity – The device was designed for the informal market. Most transactions are performed in 3 easy steps.

  • Custom development – Waxed Mobile & the Raven device are Proudly South African products. This means that our local team can implement Consumer specific functions like: SOS.