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EPICOR Software Corporation has announced support for radio frequency identification (RFID) as part of its fully-integrated end-to-end Epicor for Distribution solution.

With support for both inbound and outbound RFID, Epicor for Distribution helps midmarket companies meet today's commercial expectations for distribution and logistics networks.

According to Beth Enslow, vice president enterprise research for Aberdeen Group, two of the greatest challenges prompting midmarket companies to improve fulfillment processes are pressure to shorten fulfillment time and improve order accuracy and customer-driven logistics requirements (‘Top Fulfillment Strategies for Midsize Enterprises’ by Beth Enslow, Aberdeen Group December 2004).

"Use of fulfillment excellence strategies and tools such as RFID will help midmarket companies respond to these challenges," said Ms Enslow.

Going beyond what is required for commercial compliance, support for inbound RFID has also been introduced to Epicor for Distribution.

The inbound RFID capabilities allow for receiving purchase orders against an Advanced Ship Notifications (ASN) by reading RFID tags.

Epicor for Distribution adds new screens enabling RFID device configuration and receiving, adding a new level of efficiency into the receiving process by not requiring a line of sight for scanning and by using readable-writable tags.

The outbound RFID functionality in Epicor for Distribution enables RFID tags to be written from the solution's Warehouse Management (WMS) and Data Collection Suite (DCS) modules during sales order shipping or packout.

The Electronic Product Code (EPC) data that is written to RFID tags is stored in the Epicor system and is accessible for tracking purposes.

EPC data will be available for carton and pallet level shipping labels and will also be included on Outbound ASN's.

"More and more, RFID has emerged as an intriguing option to complement warehouse management systems (WMS) because of the greater visibility, efficiency and information access it can provide to a warehouse or distribution centre," said director of product marketing for Epicor Manufacturing and Supply Chain Solutions, Rod Winger.

"Epicor for Distribution leverages the benefits of this rising technology as part of an end-to-end integrated solution that will enable today's midmarket companies to realise the benefits of RFID across the entire organisation."

Epicor for Distribution now also includes enhancements to inventory management including auto-close month-end processing, lot/serial costing and a broader range of global and industry-specific item coding standards.

The RFID capability is available immediately in Epicor for Distribution and Epicor Enterprise 7.3.6.

This release also includes optional inter-organisation functionality in the financials suite and greater configurability of security. The purpose of the inter-organisation processing is to account for transactions between organisations and behalf of other organisations, enabling multi-unit companies to produce a balance sheet and income statement for each organisation.

The new functionality also supports inter-organisation tax requirements and use of multiple tax codes within an organisation.

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