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Issue #2001 - 14 (Apr. 2001)
(Updated April 4, 2001)


Office Depot Rolls Out Wireless Mobile Logistics System

Office Depot, Inc. of Delray Beach, Florida, has announced the roll out of a wireless mobile computing transportation and logistics system to more than 2,000 delivery trucks across the U.S. To develop and implement its wireless solution, the office supplier turned to Aether Systems, Inc.ís Transportation and Logistics division as well as Symbol Technologies, Inc.

Components of Office Depot Signature Tracking and Reporting System

  • Symbolís SPT 1700 Palm OS handheld computing devices
  • Symbolís Mobile Gateway on-broad data transaction systems
  • Aethersí wireless software and applications

Drivers in selected U.S. cities will be able to verify what items are on each truck, capture the customerís signature to complete the transaction, and reconcile inventory, the company said.

"The implementation of this real-time delivery and tracking system allows us to provide and ensure that our customers get the products they want, when they want them, and our drivers can resolve any customer issue more efficiently and accurately," remarked Dennis Andruskiewicz, senior vice president of distribution at Office Depot.

The retailer expects to roll out the system nationwide by the end of the year.

Mobileinfo Comments and Advisory: A good vertical application. Well-done Office depot and Symbol.  This is the way to exploit mobile computing. 

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.  All trademarks used in this summary are the property of their respective owners.

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