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VAI Releases Mobile Capabilities for S2K Mobile Suite of ERP Applications

VAI (Vormittag Associates Inc.), a leading provider of ERP software, today announced the availability of three mobile applications that enable users to improve overall customer communication, increase inventory accuracy, and optimize operational efficiency. Included in VAI’s S2K Mobile suite of ERP products, the Order Entry and Route Sales applications are available on the Android and iOS platforms, with the Proof of Delivery application available on the Android platform.

The first application is S2K Mobile Order Entry, designed for both sales representatives building customer orders and customers entering their own orders. Real-time data syncing allows users to take orders regardless of Internet availability and allows for order transferring with VAI’s S2K ERP software. With S2K Mobile Order Entry, users can quickly and seamlessly search the customer base, view the complete product catalog and/or order guide for a given customer, select products in the basket, view price and gross profit, edit the price, and store and send an order. Bluetooth capabilities allow the application to also be used for mobile POS systems, trade shows and other off-site events that may require printers, scanners or credit card readers.

Sheralven Enterprise Ltd., a New York-based service sales, manufacturing and distribution company, is leveraging the S2K Mobile Order Entry application across its global sales team. The application provides the entire organization with a continual, live inventory view and as a result, has greatly improved the company’s order fill rate. Sheralven’s ever-changing inventory required a mobile software solution that would allow sales representatives to take orders while interacting with customers in real-time, offer alternatives for out-of-stock merchandise, and accommodate large order volumes.

“Our sales agents bring their Android devices to each and every customer they visit, and the Order Entry application allows them to provide customers with accurate pricing and product availability in real-time,” said Sandra Parmentier, controller, Sheralven Enterprises Ltd. “Implementing the Order Entry mobile application enables our organization to communicate more effectively and more quickly, because once an order is keyed in and submitted by a sales representative, the application immediately prints out the pick ticket, thus eliminating the need to fax orders or manually process short-ships.”

The second application is S2K Mobile Proof of Delivery, which eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming paper processing and manual entry, as it automates the entire process in between a delivery truck’s warehouse departure and its return. The application also offers Google navigation, signature capture, payment collection and delivery receipt printing capabilities, amongst other features.

Das Debajyoti, Chief Architect of Mobile Development for VAI, stated, “Our catalog of enterprise mobile apps is easy to deploy and use, and customers are finding real savings, as there is plenty of hardware to choose from based on their requirements. Real-time information is available at their fingertips whenever the device is connected to the Internet, and offline capabilities provide users with critical functionality even when disconnected. Seamless integration with Bluetooth mobile accessories creates endless possibilities for how our enterprise mobile apps can help organizations grow their business.”

Similar to the Order Entry application, VAI’s third mobile ERP solution assists with Truck Route Sales Processing, and allows drivers to track and load inventory on their truck, build customer orders from truck inventory, and print customer receipts. As with all VAI mobile applications, no additional hardware is needed and an Internet connection is not required for use. The Route Sales application also allows for the creation of DSD routes and the ability to assign them to customers and drivers in order to build a schedule.

About VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)

VAI is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Partner, VAI is the 2012 IBM Beacon Award Winner for Outstanding Solutions for Midsize Businesses. VAI continues to innovate with new solutions that leverage analytics, business intelligence, mobility and cloud technology to help customers make more informed business decisions in real-time and empower their mobile workforces. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY with branch offices in Florida, Illinois and California. For more information, visit www.vai.net, follow @VAISoftware on Twitter or “like us” on facebook.com/VAISoftware.

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