Category Archives: Industry News

PathGuide’s Latitude WMS Travels the Globe

PathGuide recently discussed its business growth in Canada, but did you know that the sales boundaries for the Latitude warehouse management system stretch to other parts of the globe?

As an example, Latitude has been deployed in Panama since 2009.  It was selected for use by Rodelag S.A., a well-known retail chain with more than 500 employees that services the entire country. Rodelag has been a trusted name in Panama since 1950 when two prominent families, the Romeros and the La Guardias, joined forces to bring a Sears-like department store to the Chiriqui Province.  Today, Rodelag offers everything from motorbikes to clothing in branch storefronts found in small towns such as Chitre as well as in the capital of Panama City.

Panama is experiencing explosive economic growth.  Over the past decade, it has been one of the fastest growing economies worldwide, and dominates the growth of its neighbors in Central America.  Average annual growth was 7.2 percent between 2001 and 2013, more than double the regional average.  It’s estimated that its growth in 2015 will remain a respectable 6.2 percent.

Panama’s economic climate has enticed other retailers to enter the market.  So how does an older, stable company like Rodelag continue to remain relevant to its customers in such a fast-growing environment?  By adding technologies such as PathGuide’s Latitude Warehouse Management Software.  Latitude helped it re-engineer its warehouse and distribution operations, facilitating better customer service and more efficient inventory management.  The customer service element is particularly important in Panama, which does not have a long history of retail customer loyalty; for generations, residents have routinely shopped more than one retailer to compare prices.  A WMS such as Latitude helps Rodelag ensure that the most needed items are in stock at its facilities, engendering customer satisfaction and repeat sales.

Fisheries Supply Makes a Splash with New Latitude-Enabled Will Call System

PathGuide customers have a knack for finding unexpectedly innovative uses for their Latitude systems. For example, marine distributor Fisheries Supply uses Latitude WMS to automate a high-speed Will Call order system that can have customer orders ready for pickup in 15 minutes. This gives the company a high value market differentiator that boosts sales and reinforces its commitment to customer service.

Fisheries Supply is a marine distribution center that has operated since 1928 in the heart of Seattle’s maritime industry. It deployed Latitude in 2010 to improve order accuracy, but soon found other ways that the new WMS could improve its business, such as job prioritization. By taking advantage of the WMS’s built-in algorithms, Latitude helps employees determine which item is placed in the picking queue first and ranks each individual order by importance. This allows each team to pick the most urgent items 100 percent of the time. Fisheries Supply then realized that this prioritization feature could benefit Will Call orders as well.

Before deploying Latitude, Fisheries Supply assigned Will Call items to a single picker. If there was a sudden spike in Will Call orders, the picker couldn’t keep up and orders were delayed. Now, with paperless prioritization, the Will Call system looks at the urgency of each order, so it can be picked, packaged and ready for pickup within as little as 15 minutes. Customers, many of whom are local boat owners or mechanics that rely on parts and equipment from Fisheries to do their jobs, can come by and pick up their orders without any lost time or hassle. Latitude allows Fisheries Supply to have those crucial orders ready on schedule every time, which results in happy, loyal customers and repeat business.

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PathGuide Announces 2016 Latitude User Conference

Popular event introduces the new features to PathGuide’s Latitude WMS, with hands-on training from power users and experts

PathGuide Technologies today announced the opening of early registration for its popular Latitude user conference, to be held May 22-24, 2016 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego, CA. This event offers educational panels, one-on-one training sessions and panel presentations from knowledgeable Latitude users. Designed for new Latitude users, warehouse managers, C-level executives, IT professionals and prospective clients, the conference also gives attendees a chance to provide feedback to PathGuide’s management team.

PathGuide engineers will demonstrate additional features now available in Latitude, including inbound logistics and proof of delivery.

“We offer hands-on training, education, networking opportunities and critical insight from Latitude experts so that attendees will come away with tools, techniques and strategies they can immediately use to advance their distribution operations,” said Eric Allais, CEO of PathGuide. “Prospective clients will get a “behind the scenes” look at what the Latitude WMS and best warehouse practices can do for their businesses.”

The conference agenda will appeal to all attendees, regardless of the level of user experience. Conference participants can count on hands-on training, panel discussions and training sessions to cover areas such as:

  • Understanding inbound transportation
  • How to drive better performance using metrics
  • Tips and tricks for the advanced Latitude user
  • Route shipping
  • e-Commerce fulfillment
  • Cut item management
  • Creating and editing custom labels
  • Cycle count planning

Early registration discounts, as well as discounts for large groups and companies, are available prior to April 22, 2016. More information and registration options can be found here.

About PathGuide Technologies PathGuide Technologies, Inc., a privately held company founded in 1989, is a leading provider of warehouse management solutions for industrial distributors and regional retailers across the United States, Canada and abroad. PathGuide’s software and services help suppliers increase productivity and order accuracy, improve customer service, lower labor costs and ultimately driving greater profitability. To learn how distributors of all sizes can benefit from improved warehouse management, visit www.pathguide.com.