FoxFire Tests Bluetooth PDAs for Order Management
The new FoxFetch wireless system will light the way to supply chain savings, according to its inventor, who formerly headed up Clemson University's Computer Science Department.A multibillion-dollar corporation is about to start testing FoxFetch, a recently patented PDA-based technology that brings together Bluetooth and radio frequency wireless capabilities with an embedded SQL Server database in an effort to cut order management costs. Running on the Intermec 650 and other PocketPC devices, FoxFetch is now under development by WMS (warehouse management system) vendor FoxFire Technologies Corp., said Dr. Jack Peck, inventor of the system and retired director of Clemson Universitys Computer Science Department. The new wireless system is aimed at providing a 50 percent savings over the hard-wired PTL ("put-to-light") methods traditionally used by distributors, retailers and manufacturers for "picking" products from warehouses, "putting" (or filling) orders and replenishing shelves.
"Ive seen the [traditional] light-putting systems in use at Wal-Mart [Stores Inc.], Sears-Roebuck and Co., and other big companies. Id say that FoxFetch is the best new technology to come along in warehouse management over the past 10 or 15 years, because its so versatile and configurable. It takes the latest technologies and combines them," said Dan Castiglione, an independent consultant in Atlanta who has seen FoxFetch is action.