Activant partners with warehouse management systems provider

Activant Solutions and Majure Data, two technology providers to the building materials industry, have announced an agreement to join their products into one integrated solution for LBM dealers and distributors. Activant’s Falcon, a business management system that performs point-of-sale and supply chain functions, will interface with Majure Data’s RF Navigator warehouse management system, resulting in greater accuracy in tracking and fulfilling orders.

The interface between Falcon and RF Navigator should be available in the first quarter of 2008.

“I believe that warehouse management technology will be as revolutionary to the lumber and building materials industry today as point of sales technology was almost 30 years ago,” said Duffy Waters, national accounts manager for Activant’s Hardlines and Lumber Group, in a prepared statement.

The combined software solution will allow lumberyards to transfer customer orders to wireless handheld terminals in the warehouse that guide forklift drivers and material handlers to the right location. Employees then scan barcodes, matching the product to the order and transmitting the information back to Activant Falcon.

The handheld terminals and Navigator software can also be used for receiving, put-away, material moves, shop/ assembly, cycle counts and truck loading procedures.

Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., Majure Data has installed its warehouse management system in more than 40 building products and millwork sites. According to company research, LBM dealers can improve shipping to approximately 99.9 percent accuracy if they adopt and fully implement its warehouse management system.

Activant Solutions, based in Livermore, Calif., provides business management solutions to the hardware, lumber, wholesale distribution and auto parts industry.