KPSS Standardizes Distribution and Improves Business Performance with Mobile Technology from Psion T

CINCINNATI and PITTSBURGH (October 12, 2010) – Psion (LSE:PON.L), a global provider of mobile computing solutions, and Vocollect, Inc., the world leader in voice-centric solutions for mobile workers, today announced that KPSS, Inc. has successfully deployed Psion’s Mobile Integration Suite (MIS), including Vocollect Voice. KPSS is utilizing solutions from Psion and Vocollect to standardize workflows for its picking and replenishment functions across its international warehouses. Through the implementation of the Psion and Vocollect technologies, KPSS was able to improve order accuracy by more than 75 percent and reduce picking and replenishment labor by more than 20 percent.

KPSS is a subsidiary of KPSS GmbH, the leading global supplier of professional hair care products and part of the Kao Corporation, manufacturer of Curel, Ban and Biore products. Technology from Psion and Vocollect has also helped KPSS to improve customer and employee satisfaction and to achieve greater workplace safety. The Psion and Vocollect solution also offers maximum flexibility for changing business strategies, especially with the company’s distribution partners. After successful deployments in Fresno, Calif. and Toronto, Canada, the company is expanding the rollout to other key sites in the U.S., UK, Finland, Australia and New Zealand over the next two years.

“We have a very complex supply chain with many small warehouses and required a solution that would help us to standardize and streamline our workflow across all of our distribution sites and countries,” said Brian Hatfield, vice president of supply chain North America with KPSS, Inc.  “We decided on Psion and Vocollect based upon the recommendation of one of our logistics providers, and we have not been disappointed. In fact, with the solid SAP integration and project management support of Psion and Vocollect, we were able to realize a return on our investment in less than one year.”

The Psion MIS is an enterprise-wide middleware solution that integrates SAP’s Warehouse Management enterprise resource planning system with Vocollect Voice, enabling pick and ship information to be automatically converted into speech commands that instruct distribution center workers. It also includes Psion’s Speech Process Analyzer Dashboard and Reporting Tool, which provides KPSS with a real-time view of productivity and operational metrics.

“KPSS was faced with the familiar challenge of doing more with less and balancing the need to expand its brand while containing costs,” said Ron Caines, president of worldwide sales at Psion. “The combination of the Psion MIS and Vocollect Voice provides companies like KPSS with a flexible solution for warehouse management that meets the needs of workers, while helping them to achieve their business goals.”

About Psion

Psion is the pioneer in quality mobile handheld computers and their application in industrial b2b markets around the world. We’ve innovated in mobile computing since 1980, helping our global customers solve their business problems, including Volkswagen, SNCF, RWE nPower, E.ON, BMW, Goodyear, Copenhagen Airports and major international transport hubs.

Our mobile devices are rugged, resilient and built to last. They are tailor-made solutions through our open innovation business model in which we co-create mobile hardware, software and services, together with our customers and partners on our open innovation community site, www.ingenuityworking.com.

Psion plc is a public company on the London Stock Exchange. It is headquartered in London with corporate offices located in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
 
For more information, visit www.psion.com

About Vocollect

Vocollect, Inc. is the number one provider of voice-centric solutions for mobile workers worldwide, helping customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice. Every day Vocollect enables over 300,000 workers worldwide to distribute more than $3 billion dollars’ worth of goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. A global team of over 2,000 supply chain reseller and channel partner experts supports Vocollect Voice offerings in 60 countries and in 35 languages. Vocollect VoiceWorld Suite integrates with all major WMS and ERP systems, including solutions from SAP AG, and supports the industry’s leading mobile computing devices. For more information, visit www.vocollect.com

Vocollect®, Vocollect Voice®, and Vocollect VoiceWorld Suite™ are trademarks of Vocollect, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Psion Teklogix:

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Psion    Schwartz Communications   Vocollect, Inc.
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Vocollect:

Susan Muttart   Lauren P. Curley    
Vocollect, Inc.   Vocollect Media Relations   
412-349-2543   617-529-6463   
scmuttart@vocollect.com  lpcurley@comcast.net