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April 13 2023

Wholesale AI: ChatGPT advice for wholesalers

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How the Artificial Intelligence bot would use tech to crack the sector

Everybody is talking about ChatGPT right now. In fact, some of the people talking about it probably aren't even human themselves.

But while there are countless headlines and social media posts extolling the development of Artificial Intelligence (and how it could become a danger to jobs and even mankind in the future), there's not all that much chat about what it could mean for wholesale.

A lot of the debate may centre around what the future holds, but we were keen to check out its current knowledge of what can sometimes be a complicated sector.

So after playing around with ChatGPT and trying out a few questions – including a few really niche requests to catch it out – we challenged the AI bot to tell us how it would advise UK-based food and drink wholesalers to use technology to improve their business operations and increase efficiency. This is what it told us…

Question: How can a food and drink wholesaler in the UK best use technology in their business?

ChatGPT says: There are several ways a food and drink wholesaler in the UK can use technology to improve their business operations and increase efficiency. Here are some ideas:

  1. Implement a cloud-based inventory management system: A cloud-based inventory management system can help you keep track of your stock levels, monitor your inventory in real-time, and make informed purchasing decisions.

  2. Utilise electronic data interchange (EDI): EDI is a system that allows for the electronic transfer of data between different businesses. By implementing EDI, you can streamline your ordering process, reduce errors, and save time and money.

  3. Use automated ordering systems: Automated ordering systems can help you to reorder stock automatically when your inventory reaches a certain level. This will help to reduce the risk of stockouts and ensure that you always have the right products in stock.

  4. Invest in a mobile app or website: Creating a mobile app or website can help your customers easily access your product range and place orders online. This will help to increase sales and improve customer satisfaction.

  5. Use social media for marketing: Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can be a great way to market your business and reach new customers. By regularly posting content and engaging with your followers, you can build a strong online presence and grow your customer base.

Overall, by incorporating technology into your business operations, you can streamline your processes, reduce costs, and improve your customer experience.

For a top-line summary for wholesalers to follow, ChatGPT's effort at understanding wholesale isn't too shoddy – even if it's not perfect. Maybe we should be worried, after all…