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Accuristix implements NCR and RedPrairie solutions to improve shipping efficiencies and reduce costs


Integration of NCR's two-sided thermal label with RedPrairie's supply chain software increases order accuracy and streamlines shipping process

Accuristix, a leading healthcare-focused third-party logistics provider, has implemented NCR's 2ST-Two-Sided Thermal Label technology with RedPrairie's supply chain execution software to improve shipping efficiencies and reduce costs.

Accuristix provides advanced outsourced logistics and management services to manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, consumer health products, health and beauty aids, natural health products and nutritional segments of the healthcare industry. The company operates eight distribution centers in Canada.

Accuristix went live with RedPrairie's Warehouse Management, Transportation Management, and Parcel Management solutions in one of its Toronto, Ontario distribution centers in November 2011 with plans to roll out the solutions to its other facilities in the coming months. Benefits achieved include maximizing distribution efficiencies, streamlining transportation operations, and gaining greater visibility and control over inbound and outbound shipments.

By using NCR's 2ST printing technology for label printing, Accuristix is able to print a packing slip on the backside of its shipping labels, changing the old process of printing separate documents and eliminating related materials such as printer toner and a plastic document pouch. NCR itself has implemented 2ST label printing solutions into its consumables warehouses, streamlining its shipping processes and reducing associated costs by 30 percent.

"We recognize the ever-changing demands of the healthcare industry and have deployed cutting-edge technologies in our facilities to ensure a nimble, efficient supply chain operation for our customers," said Cameron Joyce, president of Accuristix. "Integrating best-of-breed technologies from NCR and RedPrairie ensures that our customers will receive high quality, cost-effective third-party logistics services."

"Smart businesses such as Accuristix are turning to two-sided thermal printing to enhance their order fulfillment processes," said Eddie Noel, senior vice president and general manager, NCR Consumables. "2ST reduces the total cost of a typical shipping label application process in excess of 30 percent. With 2ST label printing you can improve process throughput and efficiency, save on consumables and reduce environmental impact."

"We are proud to be working closely with the Accuristix and NCR project teams to help Accuristix meet the growing needs of its healthcare customers," said Joe Olson, RedPrairie general manager, consumer packaged goods. "RedPrairie's WMS, TMS and Parcel solutions are designed to help Accuristix increase supply chain efficiencies and enhance customer service while reducing costs."

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