Epicor extends barcode capabilities with iScala Collect

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Epicor iScala Collect Platform Simplifies Inventory Tracking, Picking and Packing, Creating a Truly Mobile Warehouse Worker

Epicor Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, has launched Epicor iScala Collect, a pre-integrated inventory control and management offering, including barcode capabilities for the Epicor iScala enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite.  Providing a more accurate view of inventory and its movement, iScala Collect removes the risk of data entry error, speeds up data capture and enables difficult and time-consuming processes around paper-based warehouse solutions.        

The enriched capabilities of iScala Collect go beyond basic data collection and entry, extending functionally into almost every area of warehouse management to create a truly automated environment.  iScala Collect has expanded capabilities in zone and task directed activity, as well as licence plate support and other order fulfilling and inventory management operations. 

Managing the Warehouse in Real-time or Off-line

Achieving ultimate mobility, scanning and mobile data collection can be accomplished during receiving, picking and counting with the use of handheld devices.  iScala Collect also has the ability to continue operating even when disconnected from the ERP system, which means that the warehouse stays up and running.

iScala Collect provides the back bone for common picking types including requisition, orders, sales orders and stock transfers.  Supporting iScala ERP stock Bill of Materials (BOM), iScala Collect business rules either enforce picking of quantities to fill complete BOM parent quantities or allow short pick and shipment of components. 

iScala Collect functionality has been extended even further with the addition of License Plate Numbering (LPN) capabilities.  Unique License Plate Numbers can be assigned to a container, which can be tracked within the iScala Collect system.  LPNs can also be linked together to unlimited nested depth to support any packaging concept as required. 

The picking capabilities are extended so that an LPN can be created at the start of the pick process and goods added to the LPN during picking.  iScala Collect printing capabilities can then be used to create LPN level labels and other documents to accompany the goods when shipped. 

A Truly Mobile Environment

Creating a wire-free atmosphere in the warehouse worked well, but did not go far enough, said Adam Prince, director, product marketing for Epicor.  With iScala Collect, warehouse employees can go from task to task without having to return to a home base to print or retrieve their next task.  This enables the employee and the entire warehouse to operate at a higher level of efficiency, which in turn can drive greater efficiencies throughout the company.

Integrating mobile devices into warehouse operations is enabling manufacturers and distributors to conserve resources (cash as well as time), while streamlining the warehouse environment.  Epicor is working with partners like Everett, Washington-based Intermec, a developer of core technologies including RFID, mobile computing and data collection systems,   to power the ultimate mobile warehouse with the right tools for the job.

Warehouse workers using handheld devices with remote access can be more productive when they are independent of the docked workstation, which we believe will continue to be the trend, said Gary Jones, vice president of global channel sales for Intermec.  We are working with Epicor to extend iScalas current functionality by making these capabilities available today with devices that provide an unsurpassed level of interoperability and performance.

Availability

iScala Collect includes enhancements in technology, user interface, performance and functionality, as well as the addition of iScala Collect WMS server.  Available immediately, iScala Collect includes the entry level Standard module and add-in modules for Advanced and WMS functionality.

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor, named one of FORTUNE magazine's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2006, is a global leader dedicated to providing enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and professional services automation (PSA) software solutions to midmarket companies and divisions of the Global 1000.  Founded in 1984, Epicor serves over 20,000 customers in more than 140 countries, providing solutions in over 30 languages.  Employing innovative service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services technology, Epicor delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services that enable companies to drive increased efficiency, improve performance and build competitive advantage.  Epicor solutions provide the scalability and flexibility to meet today's business challenges, while empowering enterprises for even greater success tomorrow.  Epicor offers a comprehensive range of services with its solutions, providing a single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership.  Epicors worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. 

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