SOURCE: Softeon

May 18, 2005 08:00 ET

Softeon Releases Supply Chain Industry's First Fully Voice-Enabled WMS

ELITE Series WMS Provides Native Voice Support, Versus "Interfaced" Solutions Common Among Other Software Vendors, Increasing Productivity and Flexibility

VIENNA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 18, 2005 -- Softeon, provider of the industry's most innovative software solutions for supply chain execution, announced today the release of the market's first fully voice-enabled Warehouse Management System (WMS), enabling its customers to easily take advantage of the significant interest in and productivity gains available from voice-based technologies. Unlike most other solutions, which are dependent on interfaces between the WMS and external voice system software, Softeon's ELITE series WMS has fully integrated voice technology, enabling users maximum flexibility and results from their voice hardware investment.

Softeon has taken a differentiated approach to voice technology, which offers the following advantage to its customers:

--  Voice applications are directly supported in the ELITE series WMS,
    without the need for separate voice application logic and software that is
    often required with other systems, reducing cost and complexity.
    
--  Voice is completely integrated with the WMS tasking system, enabling
    voice directed activities to be determined in real-time, increasing DC
    productivity versus traditional, more batch-oriented interfaces.
    
--  Voice can be used in multiple distribution processes, rather than just
    order picking, as is commonly true for other WMS applications. Softeon
    supports use of voice in replenishment, receiving, loading, cycle counting
    and many other warehouse functions, enabling additional productivity gains.
    
--  Complete flexibility in use of voice and other technologies, allowing
    as appropriate some workers to use voice and others to use radio frequency
    (RF) terminals for the same functions. This enables companies to easily
    select the right technology for the process, and to potentially have
    workers for whom voice does not work well use other technologies.
    
Softeon has successfully deployed a completely voice-enabled WMS for House of LaRose, a leading beer distributor headquartered in Cleveland, OH. Softeon's ELITE series WMS solution is delivering significant productivity gains in House of LaRose's new 400,000-square-foot distribution center, where voice is used to perform most warehouse functions.

"Softeon has provided us a software solution that improves every aspect of our warehousing and distribution operations," said Jim LaRose, President, House of LaRose. "They have designed a warehouse management system for us that will allow our company, and any other beverage distributor, to stay on the leading edge of distribution and excellent customer service."

Softeon supports all major voice technology providers, such as Vocollect and Voxware, and takes a hands-on approach to ensuring total system success.

About Softeon

Softeon (www.softeon.com) provides the industry's most functionally rich suite of WMS and supply chain execution solutions. Built on an advanced, fully web-native technical architecture, Softeon's ELITE series offers a comprehensive yet modular solution for warehouse and distribution management, order management, labor and resource management, work order processing, and transportation management. Companies consistently find the ELITE series offers the most deep and comprehensive set of capabilities in the supply chain execution industry, supported by an advanced and flexible technical architecture, satisfying both operations and IT requirements.

Softeon's growing list of customers includes such well-known companies as L'Oreal, Time-Warner, Matrix, Daimler-Chrysler, House of LaRose, Federation Distribution Services, the IRS, Reliable Sprinkler, and other logistics leaders.

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