The cost of implementing vendor managed inventory (VMI) in a distribution business isn’t always prohibitive. But it does require businesses to trust their customers to use hi-tech equipment (like handheld scanners) that they provide as a part of the VMI service.
Vendor managed inventory allows clients (like yours!) to place replenishment orders with your warehouse using nothing more than a handheld scanner. Your customer can simply walk around their storeroom and scan the items that they need to order from you. The order is then wirelessly delivered to your ERP.
While many businesses are comfortable providing handheld scanners to customers for this purpose, the upfront cost of purchasing the scanners is a major factor in deciding whether or not to offer VMI services.
However, as hardware costs drop, so does the cost of implementing VMI in your distribution business. And the cost of VMI-compatible hardware IS dropping! We’ve performed competitive analyses on available hardware, and we’ve got great news: VMI is more affordable than ever.
So, how much does VMI cost? Total costs will vary widely, but the cost of new handheld computers is rapidly dropping, which means that VMI is now a more affordable option for small and medium-sized distribution businesses who want to offer VMI capabilities to their customers. Previous estimated costs for handheld scanning computers were upwards of $3K per unit, but PathGuide now offers the Intermec CS40 – starting as low as $1,250!
That’s right – $1,250.
The Intermec CS40 is designed for mobile field workers who need robust equipment that can stand up to a warehouse environment (better than, say, a smartphone). The CS40 helps deliver Latitude’s VMI functionality at a reduced cost, so smaller business can still take advantage of enterprise-level services for their clients and partners.
PathGuide is excited to offer this robust equipment as a part of our VMI module – contact us today to find out how vendor managed inventory can give your distribution business an edge over the competition.
Call us today at 1.888.627.9797 and we’ll determine if Latitude WMS is right for you.