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NA2010 TRADESHOW, CLEVELAND, OHIO, April 26, 2010—TECSYS Inc. (TSX: TCS), an industry-leading supply chain management software company announced today that for the first time in the history of distribution, visual cues, instructions and images are being presented to warehouse workers via radio frequency handheld units exclusively through TECSYS’ Visual Logistics, enabling customers to achieve significant increases in operational efficiency, unequivocal accuracy in order processing and quality validation, and as a result be able to remove thousands of dollars in cost from their supply chain operations.

“Up until recently, there has not been any revolutionary technological innovation that has made any significant difference in operational productivity and quality to cause excitement within the industry, both from suppliers’ and users’ perspectives,” commented Robert Colosino, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at TECSYS. “Visual Logistics represents a new and important evolution because for the first time, visual information is being communicated to the operator across all functional activities within the distribution center, significantly simplifying execution and eliminating any ambiguity so they can perform tasks more efficiently.”

Below are examples of existing customer applications of Visual Logistics:

  • Hospital Supply Networks’ focus on significant accuracy such as lot tracking, unit of measure validation and for accurately identifying products such as Med surge tools.
    With over a million SKUs, this global distributor of television and film programs and thousands of music DVDs uses the latest release of TECSYS’ WMS to efficiently manage its high-volume distribution and order exceptions.
  • “Psion Teklogix WORKABOUT PRO3 and 7535 are the first handheld devices to be certified on TECSYS Visual Logistics software,” stated Mike Doyle, Chief Technology Officer, Psion Teklogix. “This new WMS application will revolutionize warehouse picking operations, enabling organizations to receive visual information across all work functions within the distribution center.”

An improvement of up to 30 seconds per work transaction is considered to be a realistic and conservative productivity gain enabled by visual instructions. These precious seconds translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars of labor efficiency savings for many distribution operations.

TECSYS’ Visual Logistics represents a paradigm shift in warehouse management, delivering visual instructions to workers directly on their RF guns or handheld computers. It instantly communicates the exact activities they can perform in the optimum time; increasing significantly the efficiency, accuracy and customer satisfaction. Workers are empowered to access critical information to make faster decisions and accelerate their workflows, particularly in environments where literacy is an issue. It also improves training and retention of logistics processes with its intuitive, real-life visuals that enable high-volume distribution organizations to increase throughput and revenue growth.

During order picking, operators are being presented with a visual warehouse location map to quickly guide them to the assigned pick location and a visual guide as to the exact carton or tote into which to put the selected products, eliminating the wasteful and time-consuming process of searching for the pick slot. They are also being presented with product-specific images to enable a visual validation and to ensure that the appropriate quality assurance checks are performed.

Visual Logistics is not just a new order picking technology; rather it is a solution that provides substantial benefits across all day-to-day warehouse operations from receiving through to shipping.

About TECSYS’ Warehouse Management (WMS) Software

TECSYS’ Warehouse Management Software is an industrial-strength solution that empowers logistics management to gain control over customers’ service levels, throughput volumes, order turnaround times, as well as warehousing costs and profitability. TECSYS’ WMS has already delivered order of magnitude hard results to customers such as:

Visual Logistics
Visual Logistics is an integral part of TECSYS’ warehouse management software. It enables customers to give visual instructions via handheld radio frequency units to workers at the floor level.

Highly Scalable
TECSYS’ WMS is flexible, adaptable and highly scalable to the size, need and complexity of business. It allows distribution organizations to deploy the system across a variety of operations; from paper-based to the most sophisticated automated distribution operations with material handling equipment while meeting organization’s growing needs. If one distribution facility is nearing capacity, scaling it is as simple as adding another instance of the service.

TECSYS’ WMS can be accessed from any browser-based device, from anywhere at any time. The system is intelligent, extensible and as easy to use as a browser. It is adaptable to users’ environment, and is sensitive to each individual’s personal needs. As workers use the system more and more, the EliteSeries intelligent technology quickly tailors itself to each individual preferences and way of working, and presents that information exactly how they like to see it.

Beyond the Warehouse
TECSYS’ integrated suite of supply chain execution applications are warehouse-centric and its warehouse management application is complemented by distribution management, transportation management and business intelligence solutions that enable customers to seamlessly execute order-to-cash and purchase-to-pay processes without barriers.

TECSYS is a leading supply chain management software provider that delivers powerful enterprise distribution, warehouse and transportation logistics software solutions. The company’s customers include over 500 mid-size and Fortune 1000 corporations in healthcare, heavy equipment, third-party logistics, and general wholesale high-volume distribution industries. TECSYS’ shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TCS.