ManTech’s phone and hand held combination proves essential link in supply chain
ManTech Advanced Recognition (MARL) Ltd. today announced that Serco Ryan, the leading supplier of managed stock systems, will be implementing ManTech’s AUTO ID technology in all 20 of its operating locations throughout the UK. The company forms an integral part of the essential components supply chain for many industry sectors, including manufacturing, construction, automotive, and electronics. ManTech has designed a hand held and mobile phone combination that Serco Ryan staff use on customer visits to scan goods bins to determine the level of replenishment required. Since the £30,000 implementation began, Serco Ryan has run a paperless system, trebled the possible number of customer visits per day, and has significantly improved customer service levels.
Serco Ryan’s Financial Director, Seamus Murphy, says, “We piloted the system and were convinced of its value after just one week. Prior to using Auto ID, we were using very unwieldy barcode scanners that proved unpractical - so much so that some of our staff would have preferred to have reverted back to traditional methods. From here, the data gathered would need to be keyed into the information processing system, which was a drain on valuable human resource.”
He continues, “ManTech was recommended to us by our parent company, The Wyko Group, and what started as a simple barcode structure has been developed by ManTech into a very sophisticated system using the latest mobile phone technology. Now, when the hand held device is aimed at the bin it takes an immediate reading, and the information is automatically sent to the central computer system, which instantly records the exact
amount of replenishment required. Previously, Serco Ryan staff would drive to customer offices, deliver the goods, then record replenishment requirements for product supply and then return to the local branch.”
ManTech’s Group Marketing Director, James Silcock, continues, “The logical thought processes behind the development of technology are often gravitated out of control with the end result. In an important supply chain like Serco Ryan’s, it was essential not to lose sight of the basic requirement. We could see Serco Ryan needed to minimise inventory at its customers’ premises, taking the complication out of the replenishment process, and increase the number of customer visits. By combining two very simple technologies we were able to present the ideal solution.”
Murphy continues, “We were pleased to find a company that was prepared to assess our needs and work with us without any fuss. We are a very customer-centric company and the new system allows us to project that.”
About Serco Ryan
Formed in the 1930's, the Serco-Ryan Group were acquired early this year by the Wyko Group and this was a perfect fit for their business strategy. Serco Ryan is regarded as market leader in the management and supply of fastener and fixing systems nationwide and this has gained them an enviable reputation for service and innovation. Creative and effective in formulating supply chain strategies, Serco Ryan is constantly developing and improving responsive and pro active infrastructures that deliver added value to the customer. More information can be obtained from Barry Horne, Marketing Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
ManTech’s European Headquarters is based in Windsor, UK. ManTech Advanced Recognition Ltd is part of ManTech International Corporation, a privately held integration services company with more than 5,000 employees, serving clients in commercial and government agencies in over 30 countries worldwide.
MARL provides high quality, high performance software and hardware products for accurate and automatic data acquisition. The company has over thirty years experience in the supply of payment processing, data capture and document imaging systems to banks and financial institutions, transport and courier companies, warehouse and logistics organisations, utilities, telecommunications and subscription TV services.
For more information, visit ManTech's web site at: http://www.mantech-euro.com
Claire Adam/Natalie Johnson
MCC International Ltd
Tel: 01962 888100
Group Marketing Director
ManTech Europe Ltd
Tel: 01753 838211
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