Socket Communications Teams with 3G Touch to Deliver Innovative Inventory Tracking and Order Fulfillment Solution

Combined Solution Utilizing Palm Treo Smartphones Enables Kelleher Corporation to  Increase Order Processing and Fulfillment Efficiency for Enterprise Customers Ten Fold

3G Touch Solutions, a provider of corporate information systems solutions, and Socket Communications, Inc, an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today announced Kelleher Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of lumber and moulding products, implemented their combined mobile hardware and software solution to effectively streamline its order placement and fulfillment operations.

Using Palm Treo 650 smartphones with integrated Socket barcode scanners, the 3G Touch solution provides Kelleher with a fast and simple way to capture and communicate order status, product information and account information in the field.  Kelleher implemented the combined solution to replace a manual process that was unable to keep pace with the growing needs of its biggest customer, The Home Depot. The new system allows Kelleher to provide immediate, on-site, up-to-the-minute order information to representatives throughout The Home Depots network of 1,800 home improvement stores, significantly increasing the speed of order fulfillment.

Kelleher required a solution that would turn its market challenges into a competitive advantage, said Joe Olsen, vice president U.S. Operations at 3G Touch Solutions. The previous system of order fulfillment, which took up to ten days, has now been reduced to a 24 hour turnaround through increased efficiency in the processes of data entry and communication.

The combined solution incorporates the Socket SD Scan Card with custom software from 3G Touch designed to interface directly with Palm Treo 650 smartphones. The Socket scanners plug directly into the Palm Treo 650 via the SD slot, and read bar codes containing key product, inventory or customer information. The combined solution provides remote access to inventory and order information on any of Kellehers 5000 active SKUs.

Treo smartphones from Palm with Socket scanners and the 3G Touch software allow us to connect with all of our customers like never before, helping us rapidly deliver orders of any type and quantity from our product line, said Paul Herzog, vice president of marketing at Kelleher Corporation. At the end of the day, our ability to give customers quality products as quickly and effortlessly as possible is what keeps them satisfied and loyal.

In the mobile age, service enterprises are expected to function and deliver in real-time, said Peter Phillips, vice president of marketing at Socket. The combined end-to-end mobile hardware and software solution from Socket and 3G Touch has enabled Kellehers sales representatives to fulfill sales orders with unprecedented speed and accuracy.

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