Symbol Technologies and Vormittag Associates (VAI) are providing Fraenkel Company, a manufacturer and distributor of household furniture, with an enterprise mobility system that offers increased inventory by 85% and streamlined warehouse operations.
Fraenkel is using Symbol MC9000 series mobile computers, Symbol AP-4131 access points and VAI’s S2K Enterprise Edition for Manufacturing Warehouse Management Software (WMS) to improve its business operations.
Fraenkel says its new automated warehouse allows employees in its facilities in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi to locate specific merchandise immediately, without making customers wait for information.
We were wasting too much time with manual inventory processes, said Donna Holten, director of information technology for Fraenkel Company. Symbol’s enterprise mobility system replaced these manual processes, and allowed for greater employee productivity, improved inventory visibility and enhanced customer service.
The Symbol mobile computers are used to scan inventory from manufacturing through shipment – inventory information and automated updates are provided via the wireless network to the VAI WMS system, allowing for real-time information on product availability and location. With the system, Fraenkel says it has also been able to streamline picking and loading processes through pinpoint location of merchandise.
Fraenkel required mobile computers that were rugged enough for their warehouse environment, but also easy to deploy and operate. With the Symbol MC9000 series rugged mobile computer, the manufacturer says it is able to deploy its mobile computers in 10 minutes or less, further contributing to warehouse productivity.