O'Reilly Automotive Standardizes On Vocollect Voice-Directed Work SolutionPITTSBURGH, January 10, 2004 - Vocollect, the global leader in voice-directed work solutions, today announced an agreement with OReilly Automotive, Inc. (Nasdaq: ORLY), one of the nation’s largest specialty retailers serving the automotive aftermarket, to install Vocollects voice-directed distribution solution in all of its U.S. distribution centers. O’Reilly Automotive will use Vocollects voice-directed solution for picking operations in the Company’s 10 existing distribution centers, as well as its new Atlanta, Ga. facility scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2005. The entire implementation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2005.
O’Reilly Automotive recognizes that voice-directed technology, when applied in a distribution center, can help the company to extract cost from its supply chain by increasing fulfillment accuracy, boosting productivity and improving safety. The Company decided to implement the Vocollect hands-free, eyes-free voice-directed solution to replace the use of pick labels and pick tickets, thereby reducing errors and increasing velocity within the selection process.
“O’Reilly Automotive chose Vocollect because we believed they are the best choice in the market to fill our needs by delivering a voice-directed solution that would dramatically increase productivity and accuracy,” said David McCready, Vice President of Distribution Operations for O’Reilly Automotive. “Although we considered other options like RF directed picking and list-based picking, we ultimately selected Vocollect’s voice-directed distribution solution due to their focus on business impact and their proven track record with an installed base that spans several industries and business models.”
O’Reilly Automotive intends to roll out the Vocollect integrated solution to over 800 distribution team members in the coming year to ensure high service levels to the Companys more than 1,205 retail stores located throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The Company is planning to consider extending the use of voice into other areas where the efficiency of working “hands-free, eyes-free could positively impact other processes in the future.
“O’Reilly Automotive is among the growing group of leading specialty retailers that are applying voice-directed distribution solutions in the warehouse to maximize efficiencies and return on their IT investments,” said Jack LeVan, president and CEO of Vocollect. As companies strive to reduce cost in their supply chains, order pickingone of the warehouses most labor-intensive functionsחis an ideal application for voice-directed work.
Since 1987, Vocollect, Inc. has delivered proven performance improvements in productivity, accuracy, cost reduction and worker satisfaction for mobile employees. Vocollect Voice literally talks people through their daily tasks, replacing cumbersome lists and traditional data capture methods with hands-free, personal voice dialogs. Through a premier global network of certified resellers and supply chain performance experts, hundreds of thousands of people on six continents use Vocollect Voice to improve work every day. Vocollect is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A., and supports its clients and resellers through offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.vocollect.com. Vocollect®, Voice-Directed Work® and Vocollect Voice® are registered trademarks of Vocollect, Inc. All rights reserved.
About O’ Reilly Automotive
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the Company operated 1,205 stores within the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia as of September 30, 2004.
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