Order verification, shipping compliance and Y2K fixes were what Plaid Clothing needed at its Erlanger, KY facility. Not only did the company get them, the solutions were up and running in less than eight weeks. For ScanData Systems, Inc., this installation was one of a series in quick turnkey shipping compliance implementations.
    Plaid Clothing, a division of Intercontinental Branded Apparel, manufactures men�s and boys� suits, tailored sportswear, overcoats and formal wear under the brand names of Brannoch, Burberry�s Palm Beach and Evan-Picone. Plaid awarded ScanData a system integration contract in order to meet parcel carrier and retailer shipping compliance requirements, as well as solve a Y2K-noncompliance systems issue. In less than eight weeks after the project start, a system that verifies order content during packing, then weighs, rates, loads and manifests cartons was installed and operational.
    ScanData�s President, John Dalton, attributes the quick project installations to a number of factors. He noted a combined drive and focus of the Plaid and ScanData project teams, as well as the efforts his company has made to standardize and make more configurable its Shipping Automation and Manifesting System (SAMS) product in the shipping and packing compliance areas as a key to the solution�s success. Dalton adds that ScanData�s marked corporate effort to streamline and formalize project implementation methodologies was also very beneficial.
    �Because of the speed at which companies are moving their products to Internet-based merchandising, software imple-mentations that support fulfillment and distribution are being driven to shorter and shorter project implementation periods,� comments Dalton. �In order to meet this need, we have focused company efforts on creating a product specifically built for quick installations which meets the compliance and fulfillment needs of �brick and mortar� companies moving to e-commerce and the traditional retail suppliers like Plaid.�
    The Windows-based system installed for Plaid Clothing involved a series of packing stations designed to use barcodes to verify order content as items are packed into containers and labeled for shipment. The system allows for multi-package orders and waits until packing is finished before noting variances, producing reports and generating labels and paperwork.
    After goods have been picked, the Pack Verification view of SmartPac verifies orders (by item, kit and case) by using barcodes and then automatically creates and packs cartons. Its functionality allows operators to select package/order information using a scanner, capture package attributes and verify package/order contents. Furthermore, Pack Verification can generate packing lists and print industry-compliant shipping labels.
    Once items are packed into containers, they are transferred to scanning and loading stations where they are assigned to trailers for outbound shipment.
    ScanData�s SAMS product supports compliance requirements for major parcel carriers including United Parcel Service, Unites States Postal Service, Airborne, Federal Express, as well as common carrier bill of lading generation. In addition, it supports compliant labeling needs for major retailers. The product has been implemented as an e-commerce fulfillment solution for companies like drugstore.com and at Eckerd Corporation�s Internet fulfillment center.
    Tom Briggle is the director of Public Relations for ScanData Systems, which  provides Windows NT-based distribution control systems. It has received several industry awards for distribution software development including four Retail and Distribution (RAD) awards from Microsoft Corporation. Contact him at 4420 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017-5033, 614-766-6622, fax 614-766-0065, e-mail tombriggle@scandata.com or visit the company at www.scandata.com.