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Can you improve your order picking by 50%?

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Our picking rates have increased by 50 percent within the warehouse. We can train anyone to pick in one day. And our inventory accuracy has increased from 65 percent to more than 90 percent. At the same time, we’ve reduced our inventory level by about 10 percent. We have actually decreased out of stocks by 10 percent at the store level. Our goal is to have better than 99 percent in stock.

Read the entire interview at Inc.com

Contact PathGuide at 888-627-9797 to find out how to increase your warehouse picking rates.

What is inventory management and how does it work?

Watch how a single product enters a warehouse, is received, tracked, and then later picked and shipped. This is how inventory management works with a Latitude Warehouse Management System.

Track how inventory is managed through both handheld scanners and Latitude Web (a web-based management tool that gives you real-time insight into where inventory is and where it’s not). From the time that a product is received into the warehouse until the moment it is shipped out to a customer, Latitude WMS makes the management of inventory easy.

Whether you sell small, inexpensive goods or large, industrial machinery (or both), Latitude Warehouse Management System will help you automate your inventory management, so you won’t have any nasty surprises when an order is placed.

PathGuide Attends NAED 2012 in Orlando, Florida


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PathGuide Technologies attended our first regional NAED Conference in Orlando, FL last week. The National Association of Electrical Distributors holds conferences that are unlike any other in the industry – rather than wandering around a tradeshow floor and avoiding eye contact with various vendors, NAED allows attendees to set up one-on-one meetings between electrical distributors and vendors who can offer real solutions to help grow distribution businesses. Continue reading

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Costs Hit Record Lows

We’ve seen a significant price reduction for supplying our vendor managed inventory (VMI) solution. With the steep price reduction for mobile devices, more distributors can extend affordable VMI services to their customers. E.B. Horsman & Son, an electrical distributor based in British Columbia, has been using Latitude VMI to allow real-time confirmation or correction on specific orders. Continue reading

Lowered Cost of Vendor Managed Inventory

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The cost of implementing vendor managed inventory (VMI) in a distribution business isn’t always prohibitive. But it does require businesses to trust their customers to use hi-tech equipment (like handheld scanners) that they provide as a part of the VMI service.

Vendor managed inventory allows clients (like yours!) to place replenishment orders with your warehouse using nothing more than a handheld scanner. Your customer can simply walk around their storeroom and scan the items that they need to order from you. The order is then wirelessly delivered to your ERP.

While many businesses are comfortable providing handheld scanners to customers for this purpose, the upfront cost of purchasing the scanners is a major factor in deciding whether or not to offer VMI services.

However, as hardware costs drop, so does the cost of implementing VMI in your distribution business. And the cost of VMI-compatible hardware IS dropping! We’ve  performed competitive analyses on available hardware, and we’ve got great news: VMI is more affordable than ever.

So, how much does VMI cost? Total costs will vary widely, but the cost of new handheld computers is rapidly dropping, which means that VMI is now a more affordable option for small and medium-sized distribution businesses who want to offer VMI capabilities to their customers. Previous estimated costs for handheld scanning computers were upwards of $3K per unit, but PathGuide now offers the Intermec CS40starting as low as $1,250!

That’s right – $1,250.

The Intermec CS40 is designed for mobile field workers who need robust equipment that can stand up to a warehouse environment (better than, say, a smartphone). The CS40 helps deliver Latitude’s VMI functionality at a reduced cost, so smaller business can still take advantage of enterprise-level services for their clients and partners.

PathGuide is excited to offer this robust equipment as a part of our VMI module – contact us today to find out how vendor managed inventory can give your distribution business an edge over the competition.

Call us today at 1.888.627.9797 and we’ll determine if Latitude WMS is right for you.

Call us today at and we’ll determine if Latitude WMS is right for you. – See more at: http://www.pathguide.com/Solutions/LatitudeWMS/BestWarehouseManagementSystem.aspx#sthash.l1IJoPIr.dpuf

Latitude 2011 User Conference

Well, another year, and another successful PathGuide User Conference! The 2011 Latitude User Conference included 72 customer attendees (65 companies!), 2 prospective clients, and 4 partner vendors. Continue reading

Get Ready for the 2011 Latitude User Conference

 

PathGuide Technologies couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming Latitude User Conference, to be held in Las Vegas at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa.

That’s right – we said Resort and Spa. What? You think that warehouse workers don’t need pedicures? We do. Probably more than most people. Continue reading

Think of Your Warehouse as Bins Full of Cash

Many managers hesitate to purchase a warehouse management system because they assume that once inventory is inside of a warehouse, it is both safe and worthless.

What’s that you say? You don’t think of your inventory as worthless? Are you sure? Because when you purchase inventory and then place it in your warehouse with no real tracking system in place, you are essentially saying that you don’t care what happens to it. Inventory can be lost, misplaced, or stolen. You can easily ship too many items to a customer or the wrong (more expensive) item. Continue reading

What is Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) and how does it work?

VMI stands for Vendor Managed Inventory. VMI systems are a hot topic in the supply distribution world right now. But what is VMI, and how does VMI work?

Quick Answer – What is VMI?

VMI stands for “vendor managed inventory” (also known as “customer managed inventory”). VMI is system that allows customers to quickly place a replenishment order for goods. Rather than making phone calls or ordering using a web form, the customer can use a barcode scanner to scan the items, enter a quantity, and then send the order (via Wifi or cll network) through the barcode scanner to their vendor.

Easy, right? Read on to find out more about how VMI works. Continue reading

How can a WMS benefit your warehouse?

You might be wondering, “What’s so great about a warehouse management system (WMS)?” Well, we’re about to show you.

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See how PathGuide Technologies customer IRLY Distributors has used our WMS system to save money and increase business.