Signature Brands Streamlines Distribution with Mobile Technology from Psion Teklogix and Vocollect
Cincinnati, OH, NA 2010, Booths #1409 and #2234 (April 28, 2010) - Psion Teklogix, Inc. (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 Signature Brands, LLC has deployed Psion’s Mobile Integration Suite (MIS), including Vocollect Voice, to improve accuracy and efficiency within its distribution center. By implementing Psion and Vocollect technology, the leading manufacturer and innovator in the dessert decorating and Easter egg business with its Cake Mate, Betty Crocker and PAAS brands, was able to improve pick and ship rates by 20 percent and achieve a return on investment within seven months.
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 on how to build orders. It also includes Psion’s Speech Process Analyzer Dashboard and Reporting Tool which provides Signature Brands’ warehouse managers with a dashboard view of productivity and operational metrics in real time, including the capability to generate historical reports.
“Because our business is seasonal, our shipping requirements vary tremendously month to month, and nearly 99 percent of our orders must be shipped the same day they are received, so responsiveness and accuracy are critical,” said Gary Stenzel, senior vice president of operations at Signature Brands. “Even before we had finished quantifying the cost savings obtained from deploying the Psion and Vocollect products, we found that customer complaints had been greatly reduced. In my mind, that benefit alone is priceless.”
“Our Psion MIS technology in combination with Vocollect Voice helps to shorten the learning curve for workers in the distribution center and eliminates the need for cumbersome paper lists. In fact, Signature Brands was able to reduce its labor hours by more than 20 percent and its training time by 80 percent,” said Chris Wappler, sales manager of voice logistic solutions at Psion Teklogix. “Many organizations like Signature Brands are realizing the cost and time savings that can be achieved by replacing old picking methods with voice solutions in the warehouse.”
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 250,000 workers worldwide to distribute more than $2 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 support Vocollect Voice offerings in 55 countries and in 26 languages. Vocollect’s VoiceWorld Suite integrates with all major WMS and ERP systems, including SAP, and supports the industry’s leading mobile computing devices. For more information, visit www.vocollect.com. Vocollect®, Vocollect Voice®, and VoiceWorld Suite™ are trademarks of Vocollect, Inc. All rights reserved.
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 philosophy in which we co-create mobile hardware, software and services, together with our customers and partners on our community site, www.ingenuityworking.com. Psion 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.
Breeanna Rosen, Psion Teklogix Corp, 859-372-4105, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Susan Muttart, Vocollect, 412-349-2543, firstname.lastname@example.org