Sandpiper and Asyst Help Geographer's A-Z Maps Reduce Order Processing Time From 5 Days to 1 Hour

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Sandpiper Corporation Ltd  today announced that it has won a key contract to supply Geographers A-Z Map Company Ltd with a mobile computing and Printing solution.

Geographers A-Z Maps currently publishes 343 titles including street maps and atlases in both black and white and colour. A range of Pocket A-Z maps covering many towns and cities throughout Great Britain and designed to run on Pocket PC's was launched in 2001. Its comprehensive range is distributed throughout the UK via the companys field sales operation. Regular visits are made to retail sales outlets where replenishment of stock is made.

Sandpiper was selected to provide the mobile computing hardware that would interface the 28 remote field sales representatives back to A-Z Maps central sales order processing computer system. Using the Intermec 760 Mobile Computer, equipped with an integrated barcode scanner, colour-touch display and GPRS/GSM in conjunction with in-cab mounted A4 printers; replenishment stock is scanned out of van-stock and into the order processing suite at the point of delivery.

Upon completion a hard copy invoice is produced from the rugged Intermec 6820 in-cab A4 dot matrix printer and passed to the customer for their records. In this way, the system accommodates changes and amendments to customer requirements such as spontaneous sales purchases eliminating retrospective back office order administration tasks.

Working with Asyst, who developed the software to run on the Intermec 760s, and A-Z Maps, Sandpiper has provided development equipment, sample products, managed the installation services for the in-cab hardware and played an active role in determining the optimum hardware configurations, accessories and considerations encountered with a point of sale application.

The total solution has not only allowed us to process our orders within hours but has also allowed us to release 2 office staff from the tedium of data entry for re-deployment elsewhere in the company, stated Stephen Barbor, A-Z Maps Sales Director.

At Sandpiper our focus on customer service and project support is paramount in ensuring that long term business partnerships with our customers are established and maintained, stated Simon Hagenbuch, Sandpipers Managing Director. We are looking forward to working on phase two, inter-active warehouse and production stock control, during 2005.

Sandpiper Corporation Limited is a leading Systems Integrator of Mobile Computing, Wireless, Auto ID and Data Capture technologies. Sandpiper has developed a business model focused on delivering hardware, software and project-services to its customers delivering tangible business benefits that these technologies offer their operations.

Asyst offer a full range of education, consultancy, integration, development and third party software products, from leading-edge reporting & analysis tools to alerting technology and from e-business enablement to branding of everyday e-mails.

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