Dorfman Pacific Rolls Out a New Wireless Warehouse:
The problems at Dorfman Pacific are lack of communication and the necessary tools to pick merchandise. Our text stated that often times boxes contain more than one item and employees have used their own methods to pick orders and each have their own way of doing it. Another problem at Dorfman Pacific is the inability of their current ERP system to be integrated with any other software. As one consultant discussed, wireless technology could be implemented into their business environment that would maintain the massive amount of inventory that has to be dealt with. As discussed, this technology along with other technology from Zebra and Texas Bar Code Systems could efficiently handle the business procedure. An alternative method could be a simpler database management system like Quickbase from Intuit or software from Oracle. The procedures of Dorfman Pacific could be molded to fit the templates inside these software packages to get maximum efficiency. These applications can be ran on existing hardware or hosted offsite by the software provider. Using packaged software cuts down on cost and time taken to build and implement the new system. This system could also be developed as a prototype while the current system is still being used. I would get user feedback from different levels of employees at Dorfman Pacific to make necessary changes to the prototype system. Dorfman Pacific chose wireless technology that would best fit the circumstances and the current infrastructure that they had. Wireless technology allows for easy expansion for future growth as new hardware can be easily added. The first thing that Dorfman Pacific IT had to do was identify where the problem areas were. After doing this, they chose to go with application software packages from Highjump Software, Texas Bar Code, and Zebra Technologies. By doing this, picking will be molded to best fit the application software and the supply chain...
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