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April 9, 2009

RedPrairie launches latest version of warehouse management system

Repacking tool to reduce the packing time for e-commerce retailers

By CBR Staff Writer

RedPrairie, a provider of supply chain management services, has launched the latest release of its warehouse management system, Warehouse Management release 2009.1 intended to help retailers meet the challenges of multi-channel retail.

According to the company, e-commerce retailers will be able to take advantage of the new release’s ‘optimized outbound repacking’ tool, aimed at sites that send out one or two products to a large number of end customers, where efficient packing is crucial to maximize profits. This specialized parcel packing module will reportedly result in reduced packing time. It also enables integration with multiple carrier systems to provide labeling and carrier selection, reducing delivery costs.

RedPrairie said that the upgraded system has improved functionality, including support for hanging garments. The system allows clothing to be hung and tracked on and off rails, within user designed zoning and dimension constraints such as weight, length and drop, leading to better efficiency throughout the supply chain.

Rules to optimize repacking have been added, to manage how packages are combined and scheduled for delivery, reducing handling and carrier costs, the company said.

Andrew Kirkwood, senior vice president and executive director at RedPrairie, said: Warehouse Management 2009.1 is fully web-enabled, allowing external systems to carry out transactions such as querying inventory and placing orders in real time. Users can benefit from low upfront investment and fast deployment, crucial at a time when companies need to reduce cost and increase productivity.

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