NuCO2 Inc., the largest nationwide supplier of bulk carbon dioxide (CO2) products for carbonated beverages to the food service and hospitality industries, says it’s reaping serious benefits thanks to a new mobile/wireless route service and delivery solution from Zebra Technologies and Symbol.
Zebra makes a portable and wireless printer for mobile route accounting (among other things). Symbol Technologies makes a whole spectrum enterprise mobility products, using advanced barcode and RFID technology.
“Our route representatives make 20 to 25 stops per day, and the elapsed time between their transactions in the field and data entry into our central information system has been reduced from up to 12 days to just 24 hours. This has increased the speed of problem resolution, while enabling us to improve customer service,” said NuCO2’s field liaison.
Leading Food Service Industry Supplier Cites Route Service Efficiency Gains From Zebra-Symbol Mobile Wireless Solution
Tuesday September 26, 1:00 pm ET
NuCO2 Inc.’s Field Service Team Saves Time, Improves Customer Service with Zebra’s Rugged RW 420 Direct Thermal Printer and Mobile Computers from Symbol Technologies
VERNON HILLS, Ill., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Zebra Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: ZBRA – News), a global leader in on-demand printing solutions for business improvement, and Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: SBL – News), The Enterprise Mobility Company(TM), today announced that NuCO2 Inc., the largest nationwide supplier of bulk carbon dioxide (CO2) products for carbonated beverages to the food service and hospitality industries, has reported significant benefits and ROI from a new mobile/wireless route service and delivery solution from Zebra and Symbol. The announcement is further evidence of an increasing reliance on Zebra’s rugged portable and wireless printers in mobile route accounting and direct store delivery applications.
Headquartered in Stuart, Fla., NuCO2 serves more than 100,000 hospitality customers across the U.S., including restaurants, convenience store chains, movie theaters, theme parks and sports venues. NuCO2 contracted Compsee Solutions Group of Mt. Gilead, N.C., a leading systems integrator/provider of data collection solutions for mobile and in-house business processes, for help transitioning from its legacy route accounting system to a more reliable and automated mobile solution. Specifically, NuCO2 needed a corporate-wide solution that would enable its entire field force to complete delivery and customer service calls more quickly and accurately. Compsee Solutions Group developed a best-of-breed, Bluetooth-enabled system comprised of third-party software, Symbol Technologies’ rugged MC9000 mobile computers, and compact, rugged RW 420 mobile/wireless printers from Zebra Technologies.
According to Ron Starnes, NuCO2’s field liaison, the mobile solution has yielded major business process improvements. “For one thing, we have experienced increased system reliability and uptime,” he notes. “Our route representatives make 20 to 25 stops per day, and the elapsed time between their transactions in the field and data entry into our central information system has been reduced from up to 12 days to just 24 hours. This has increased the speed of problem resolution, while enabling us to improve customer service. We also were impressed by the ruggedness and professional print quality of the Zebra printer.”
Bob Danahy, director of Zebra’s global mobile and wireless business, adds: “Rugged construction was a key factor in our development of the RW 420 thermal printer. We knew it needed to be tough enough to withstand the bumps, drops and extreme weather experienced by mobile workers, and we’re proud that it meets those expectations. Our work with NuCO2 is an excellent example of how Zebra’s mobile applications help customers in many industries – from beverage to utilities – address their route and direct store delivery needs.”
Today, NuCO2’s delivery drivers use the new system to measure CO2 deliveries, input data for uploading into the central business system, and issue customer receipts – all on demand at the point of delivery. The CO2 tank filling process has become much easier because 95 percent of the data can be populated simply by using the Symbol MC9000 mobile computer to scan the bar code on the tank or fill box, or based on customer data from the corporate routing system. NuCO2 field service technicians also use the system to document new installations and service calls. In both applications, Compsee’s solution, with Zebra-Symbol mobile/wireless technology, has increased field force efficiency and productivity, eliminated redundant data entry, and improved the speed and responsiveness of NuCO2’s overall customer service. According to Mr. Starnes, “With the internal efficiencies gained from our route/delivery solution and decreased down-time thanks to the durability of the mobile devices, NuCO2 is able to achieve higher customer satisfaction, higher existing customer retention rates and increased new business for our organization.”
More information about Zebra’s mobile and wireless on-demand direct thermal printing solutions and supplies is available online at http://www.zebra.com .
About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: ZBRA – News) delivers innovative and reliable on-demand printing solutions for business improvement and security applications in 100 countries around the world. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Zebra®-brand printers. A broad range of applications benefit from Zebra-brand thermal bar code, “smart” label and receipt printers, and plastic card printers, resulting in enhanced security, increased productivity, improved quality, lower costs, and better customer service. The company has sold more than five million printers, including RFID printer/encoders and wireless mobile solutions, as well as software, connectivity solutions, and printing supplies. Information about Zebra specialty printing solutions is at http://www.zebra.com .
About Symbol Technologies
Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company(TM), is a recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions integrate advanced data capture products, radio frequency identification technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs. Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational efficiencies and realize competitive advantages for the world’s leading companies. More information is available at http://www.symbol.com .