KC Auto Body Supplies in Chicago has been struggling
with their inventory management for many years. The company is a PBE (Paint
Body Equipment) distributor and supplier and operates a fleet of supply
trucks. Every week up to 60 hours were spent on manually entering all of
the supply, sales and inventory data into QuickBooks®. The problem was exacerbated
by the fact that there was no warehouse. Each truck was directly replenished
from vendors. Invoice tracking was a significant issue.
Four years ago KC implemented HandiFox™ Sales solution, which has allowed
the company to cut down on manual data entry time, gain the edge on the
competition, and helped the company to grow its sales by 20% per year.
"The whole system is almost self sufficient. Now I just validate if the
money is in the bank. HandiFox™ Sales has made the operating procedures
extremely efficient, assisted in preventing theft and errors and allowed
me to focus on growing the company," says Kurt Casas, the owner.
TECOM handheld computers are used to input orders, create and print invoices,
create and receive POs, manage the truck inventory, provide reports, and
other functions. Transfers between trucks are managed by the system. Mobile
computers synchronize with the headquarters central database using wireless
Internet service. A network link to QuickBooks® provides financial reporting.
Wholesale / Distribution
Xtreme Solutions, Bellmawr, NJ
Xtreme Solutions has been using TECOM software since
January 2009. Xtreme provides cleaning and finishing products to dealers
and detailers in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. They have multiple
vehicles, taking orders, and delivering directly from the trucks.
Drivers use the system to create invoices, capture signatures, and print
copies for the customers. The trucks are replenished weekly using sales
reports generated by TECOM software.
Xtreme buys chemicals in bulk quantity and creates their own branded products.
In order to accurately track the cost of goods sold for each item, TECOM
developed reports which allocate the ingredient cost to each product based
on the amount used and the most recent price paid.
"HandiFox™ allowed us to fill in the information gap with mobile inventory
system. We were able to eliminate a whole position that focused almost exclusively
on the data entry. As a result we cut down costs and were finally able to
focus on growing the business," said Steve Israel, the owner of the business.
Seven Dollar Beauty Supplies, Dallas, TX
Seven Dollar is a large wholesale distributor of beauty
supplies in the Dallas region. They work with a network of sub-tier distributors
who send orders directly to the Seven Dollar warehouse. In the past, these
orders were called in or faxed, but delivery errors were causing constant
To improve this situation, they provided 50 TECOM handheld computers to
their distributor network. These are currently used in stock rooms to
scan barcodes for items needing replenishment and create orders in the handheld
computers. Orders are sent over the Internet to the Seven Dollar warehouse.
In addition, orders can come in through a web ordering site which is connected
to the Seven Dollar inventory database.
Food and Beverage
C.V. Low is a frozen foods supply company based in Malaysia.
The company badly needed to track the frozen food items it was delivering
to a variety of locations and reconcile the data with their QuickBooks® as
item quantities were quite high and it was very difficult to manage all
of the data with pen and paper.
HandiFox™ solution was implemented and has allowed the company, to gain
a leg-up on the competition in the area. The distribution chain became much
more efficient and transparent. The clients were satisfied with accurate
and timely deliveries and the management was able to get a better understanding
of how to improve the sales process.
"Our users have provided positive feedback all facets of the systems
including the interface, stability and reliability. I have never had such
efficient and helpful support like the one I received from the HandiFox
team," said the owner of the company C.V. Low.