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Case Study – RV Astley Ltd

Matthew Morris, Company Director,
Designer & importer of interior household items

ES Consulting is always happy to help our clients overcome challenges and improve the efficiency of their warehouse and stock control systems. Read our latest case study - RV Astley, how Barcoder-250 technology improved warehouse and stock efficiency. 

The Challenge

RV Astley, the highly stylish furniture designer and distributor, was tired of losing stock and hitting the productivity wall, as most stock-dependant businesses will know only too well. The company had hit its capacity in terms of efficiency and productivity. However, it knew the business had plenty more scope to grow.

Matthew Morris, company director, RV Astley said: “My concern was with productivity & warehouse efficiency. The orders were coming in, our business was growing. However, we simply couldn’t get our product out the door soon enough. This was due, in the main, to the complicated process of managing and distributing stock, and our old fashioned warehouse management system.”

The Solution

RV Astley tried everything they could to improve their business efficiency. The old-fashioned warehouse management system of human memory led to nothing more than regular human error. This is not the fault of the staff. The company was, simply, as big as it could be with the current stock control systems in place. That was until Mr Morris found the answer he had been searching for, Barcoder-250. Barcoder-250 is a stock control and warehouse management system which integrates with Sage50 and Sage200.

What is Barcoder-250

Barcoder-250 is simple, yet effective technology. The stock control software is used to scan barcodes on products in and out of the warehouse. Using a handheld device, RV Astley was able to keep an up-to-date check on all activity, without the constant need for manual reassurance.  All the data is simultaneously linked to your accounting system, when scanned, so it can be instantly verified. This saves hours in manpower and reporting, thus increasing the ability of the warehouse team to work on their core responsibility - getting products to customers.

The Results

The results were instantaneous. A dramatic increase in efficiency meant that RV Astley could generate more revenue without having to increase staff levels. This meant the increase in revenue was an increase in profit.

Mr Morris said: “Since the introduction of Barcoder-250 we have seen an increase of 30% in efficiency. That’s 30% more stock out the door thanks to the system.”

Of course, like any product, there were issues. When first installed the product didn’t print invoices the way RV Astley was used to. However, ES Consulting, the company responsible for Barcoder-250, were on hand to solve these issues without any compromise to Mr Morris and his company.

Morris concludes: “Any company suffering from productivity issues in their warehouse should consider this technology. We cannot see any downside at all. In fact, when we outgrew Sage50, Barcoder-250 was updated to interface with Sage200. We also intend to upgrade further, so the system interfaces with the EDI system of one of our major customers.” 

 

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The highly successful Barcoder 250 system goes mobile!

Now you can take that all-important order anytime and anywhere, thanks to an innovative new mobile module that takes the Barcoder 250 stock control and warehouse management system to a whole new level.

Designed for ease of use and rapid order entry while at your customer’s location, this new addition to the Barcoder 250 system has been developed specifically to help boost your sales teams’ productivity and performance.

The new mobile module uses WiFi or GPRS, so it will work anywhere there is mobile phone coverage or a wireless access point.

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At ES Consulting we are working with all our customers to improve their business efficiencies through the introduction of Barcoder 250 and GS1 UK Barcodes.  This allows for the standardisation of processes and procedures. As an independent Sage Developer we work with GS1 UK to help our customers achieve their business goals, through standardisation, traceability in their operation and a level of automation in their ecommerce platform through EBay, Amazon, Magento or EDI. These improvements can only be achieved with investment in Barcoder 250 and GS1 UK Barcodes and it’s an important purchase as Barcoding allows for 100% traceability throughout the supply chain. We have worked closely with GS1 UK over the past ten years and customers using GS1 UK Barcodes get the full benefit of standardisation to stream line their business and become ‘retail ready’. With Barcoder 250 and GS1 UK Barcodes installed our customers can really manage their inventory tracking and tracing, monitoring stock and deliveries locally, nationally and globally. It also provides ES Consulting with a level of credibility and trust due to the level of support given by GS1 UK across the globe.

 

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