Linking WMS with Material Handling

TurningPoint Systems, Warehouse Innovations partner to electronically connect systems

Danvers, MA — May 21, 2003 — TurningPoint Systems is partnering with Warehouse Innovations to offer a new level of connectivity between their warehouse and material handling systems.

Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., TurningPoint is a provider of warehouse and distribution solutions to the pharmaceutical, candy and tobacco, and food service industries. Warehouse Innovations, based in Lake Mary, Fla., offers turnkey material handling systems.

The firms are jointly developing the WIPP-LINK electronic connector to enable integration between Warehouse Innovations' material handling systems and the ProfitPoint warehouse management system (e-WMS) from TurningPoint.

WIPP-LINK is intended to enable wholesale distributors to further leverage ProfitPoint warehouse management capabilities by optimizing and communicating packaging and labeling instructions directly into automated material handling systems. Warehouse Innovations customers should be able to use the system to more effectively drive their material handling systems by receiving orders and instructions electronically.

According to the two providers, the WIPP-LINK connector will drive the re-sequencing of orders to optimize truck loading, accelerate the processing and delivery of customer orders, reduce packaging and associated labor costs, decrease the number of picking and labeling errors, and minimize the exposure to theft in the warehouse.

Integration services are to be provided by TurningPoint Systems.

TurningPoint's founder and president, Elery LeBlanc, said, "Our joint solution will enable TurningPoint customers to tie together key operations [that] have been traditionally uncoordinated."

"There is a good deal of synergy between our products, services and customers, particularly in the candy and tobacco industries," noted Leon Hennes, president of Warehouse Innovations.