Socket Communications Teams with Computer Control Solutions to Increase Food Distribution Efficiency in Ireland

Deli Meats Uses Innovative Mobile Wireless Solution to Manage Stock and Sales Information

Socket Communications, Inc., an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today announced it has partnered with Computer Control Solutions (CCS), an Irish based provider of mobile computer solutions, to successfully implement an on-the-road invoicing and stock management solution for Deli Meats, a well-established distributor of food products.

Founded in 1980, Deli Meats distributes to a number of sales points including deli counters, garages, catering industries and other retail settings in Dublin and further regions of Ireland. The organisation required a wireless solution to increase operational efficiency, reduce operating costs, and provide clearer visibility of stock.

Using the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Serial Adapter, Computer Control Solutions was able to provide Deli Meats with a fast and simple way for mobile workers to communicate invoices, stock reconciliation and order details to a dot matrix printer in real time. Deli Meats is using Bluetooth enabled PDAs to communicate sales and stock data to the Socket Cordless Serial Adapter dongles, which are attached to printers in the vans. Each Socket Cordless Serial Adapter has a unique identifier, making it possible to assign the PDAs to a specific printer to ensure that all the information reaches the proper destination. The Socket Cordless Serial Adapter makes it possible to print Deli Meats' route sheets, invoices, sales orders, stock transactions, payment receipts and end-of-day reports in real time, increasing the speed of order fulfilment.

"Deli Meats needed a serial Bluetooth connection and the Socket Cordless Serial Adapter adapts perfectly to the OutTrak software of CCS," said Shane Boyle, Implementation Manager of Computer Control Solutions. "The implementation of the Socket Cordless Serial Adapter is also a cost effective solution since it eliminates the need for cradles and cables," he added.

The Socket Cordless Serial Adapter eliminates conventional RS-232 serial cables, providing an easy-to-use, invisible connection.  This tiny dongle allows any device with a standard 9-pin serial port to communicate wirelessly. It will communicate with another Cordless Serial Adapter or any Bluetooth enabled device such as a laptop computer, PDA or mobile phone.

"As a result of deploying the custom mobile solution, our drivers can now wirelessly communicate sales and stock information without having to return to a delivery van to dock their PDA in a cradle," said Sean Casey, Operations Manager of Deli Meats. "The added mobility has significantly increased our workers' productivity and helped make substantial financial savings throughout our organisation."

"Deli Meats' previous system of order taking proved cumbersome and time consuming," said Martin Croome, General Manager, Socket Communications Europe. "With the combined solution, Deli Meats has been able to position itself as a more efficient player in the food distribution industry."

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