Manhattan Associates Enhances EPC Manager Solution to Offer Ground-Breaking RFID Functionality

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Manhattan Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq: MANH), the global leader in providing supply chain execution and optimisation solutions, released an enhanced version of its EPC Manager solution to enable customers to boost accuracy, ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and experience greater visibility and improved security within their supply chains through the use of RFID functionality. The latest enhancements to EPC Manager include enterprise serial number management, centralised track and trace capabilities, inbound/outbound order and container validation and additional support of compliance requirements using XML-based configuration.

Manhattan Associates developed this component of its RFID in a Box solution in response to companies who wanted to implement RFID capabilities without having to replace established supply chain systems. EPC Manager provides customers with the ability to quickly deploy RFID technology to capture and track unique EPC read data. Enhancements in this updated version were based on the latest RFID technology and evolving industry needs.

The latest version of EPC Manager increases inventory visibility and accuracy by offering effective gathering, organising and sharing of data across a companys enterprise. The solution uses a tiered approach to EPC allocation where every EPC is automatically given a unique serial number. This eliminates the previously manual process of assigning serial numbers in batch and allows the EPC allocation process to be managed at the local facility, regional and enterprise levels. Users can configure data requirements to capture essential EPC information at the local level and can export and receive data from other local EPC managers as needed. Enhanced enterprise track and trace functionality allows users to share the data across the enterprise.

EPC Manager also validates data from local and external information sources at both the container level and the order level using its enhanced inbound/outbound validation functionality.

EPC Manager continues to offer a solution to companies who want to deploy RFID capabilities without having to replace their current solutions, said Eddie Capel, senior vice president, product management. This latest offering includes serial number management at the enterprise level and other functionality that has not been widely available before. Customers will experience visibility and validation of products at a higher level than previously, while continuing to meet compliance requirements.

The latest version of the EPC Manager solution continues to provide smooth integration across multiple platforms, applications, data formats and communication protocols. Together with its Integration Manager, EPC Manager makes up Manhattan Associates' Integration Platform for RFID, a key component in the company's award-winning RFID in a Box solution. RFID in a Box eases RFID deployment and reduces implementation time by leveraging a variety of software, middleware, hardware, tags, antennae, readers and services offerings.

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