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Inventory Management and Order Fulfillment for Retail Chains Accelerated by Wireless Computer Solution
Aug 04, 2008 (10:08 AM EDT)


CINCINNATI and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Dial Industries, Inc., of Los Angeles, which produces thousands of plastic household products sold at retail chains nationwide, is employing a wireless computing solution from Psion Teklogix, Inc., and Mobile BIS to speed inventory management and accuracy while improving order fulfillment to its customers.

Using Psion Teklogix' WORKABOUT PRO G2 hand-held mobile computers and the Mobile BIS Inventory Management System (IMS) software, Dial Industries is more quickly and accurately accounting for 5,000 household plastic product SKUs handled in its Los Angeles warehouses each day. The solution provides Dial Industries with the speed and precision needed to improve the shipping accuracy of products to meet the ongoing delivery demands of its retailer customers which include Wal-Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Lowe's, Target, The Container Store, Staples, Ace Hardware and major supermarket and drug store chains.

At Dial Industries' three warehouses, which encompass a total of 200,000 square feet, workers previously hand-counted inventory, a process that took 3-4 days per warehouse. To increase the speed of inventory counts to a few hours and reduce mistakes, Dial Industries workers are using Psion Teklogix' rugged handheld computers, which feature flexible ergonomics and a user-friendly interface, to scan a barcode label found on each pallet.

The barcode identifies the number of products or SKUs within the pallet, which the Mobile BIS IMS software automatically uses to update inventory data on an Oracle 10g database that can be accessed on the handheld computer and a back office system.

Mobile BIS IMS software tracks the inventory daily, weekly and monthly, providing real-time up-to-date information on the secure Oracle database that is accessible to Dial Industries employees anywhere in the world. The data serves to accurately match manufacturing output to customer demands. Concurrently, the hardware and software solution facilitates the picking, tracking and shipment of orders and sales by location globally, while greatly speeding deliveries to retail stores.

"Psion Teklogix' mobile computers complement our software because of their ruggedness, multi-functionality and flexible, easy-to-use design," said Michael Macho, president of Mobile BIS. "Our integrated solution allows Dial Industries to more accurately account for inventory in hours versus days to better serve customers, resulting in significant increases in productivity and return on investment at Dial. The system also significantly contributes to operating margins at the store level."

"Together with top technology provider Mobile BIS, we're bringing the business benefits of our joint mobile wireless technologies to retail suppliers who are improving inventory management, productivity and order fulfillment by moving from pen and paper to automated solutions," said Tony Condi, director of marketing, Americas, Psion Teklogix, Inc.

The improved speed and accuracy of tracking and financial accounting for its inventory helps Dial Industries quickly replenish warehouse stock to meet the needs of retailers. Dial Industries can now inform retailers exactly how many SKUs are in stock with a quick scan from the Psion Teklogix mobile computers. Also, once a retailer places an EDI-based order, Dial Industries can more efficiently process the order, therefore acquiring fewer charge-backs.

"The automatic inventory system designed by Psion Teklogix and Mobile BIS has been instrumental in providing an easy handheld scanning solution for our entire inventory process," said Rob Sanchez, national sales manager for Dial Industries. "This software and hardware combination is essential for efficient inventory control and has enabled us to achieve substantial gains in efficiency while dramatically decreasing our overhead costs."

About Psion Teklogix, Inc.: Psion Teklogix is a global provider of mobile computing solutions which deliver real-time access to enterprise data at the point of activity to improve business efficiency and productivity for leading enterprises throughout the world. Solutions are built around a range of high-quality, innovative mobile computers designed for tough and demanding environments. Psion Teklogix has leading expertise in rugged hardware, integration, service and support and in new and emerging technologies including image capture and RFID. With over three decades of industry experience, Psion Teklogix has customers in more than 80 countries, and over 39 sales and support offices in 23 countries. The Psion Teklogix parent company, Psion PLC, is listed on the London Stock Exchange (PON.L). For more information, visit http://www.psionteklogix.com .

About Mobile BIS: Based in Los Angeles, Mobile BIS ( http://www.mobilebis.com ), a division of BIS Computer Solutions, provides software applications for mobile devices to automate a company's operations, accelerate responsiveness of its field and transportation personnel and maximize customer satisfaction. Mobile BIS is an Oracle Certified Partner and a member of the Oracle Developer Alliance. Its mobile solutions are developed and implemented using the Oracle 10g database and Oracle 10g Lite mobile application server.

About Dial Industries: Headquartered in Los Angeles, Dial Industries is one of the leading manufacturers of household plastic products in the world. Its products are sold by major retail chains in more than 25 countries.

CONTACT: Bree Rosen of Psion Teklogix, Inc., +1-859-372-4105, bree.rosen@psionteklogix.com; Paul Spindler of Mobile BIS Public Relations,+1-310-186-0102, ; or Kim Novino of BridgemanCommunications, +1-617-742-7270,

Web site: http://www.psionteklogix.com/ http://www.mobilebis.com/