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HOJ ENGINEERING AND SALES INC.
www.hoj.net / Headquarters: Salt Lake City / Employees: 150 / Specialty: Material-handling solutions and supply chain integration
/ Tim Hoj CEO: "We can deploy into a variety of environments to help our customers."
HOJ Engineering's WarehouseOS™ system improves picking and packing
operations while ditching the scanner gun. BY JIM HARRIS
HOJ's WOS program can help with picking, receiving, inventory
management, cycle count, verification and packing.
or many businesses, process-
ing and shipping a high volume of
small customer orders can prove
challenging for their operations.
"The trend in the industry is toward larger volumes but in lower quantities - even to
the point where you're picking one item at
a time for individual customers," says Tim
Hoj, CEO of HOJ Engineering and Sales
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Inc., a Salt Lake City-based material-handling solutions provider. "A lot of traditional warehouse models aren't equipped
to handle that volume of orders."
Enabling small- to medium-sized warehouses to process many small orders is
what HOJ Engineering and Sales had in
mind when it patented WarehouseOS™
(WOS) five years ago. WOS is a software
platform that helps e-commerce business
best manage their warehouse operations.
The platform, which is available through
Apple's iTunes store and runs on iPads, operates both in a cloud environment or as a
resident server environment. WOS integrates with enterprise resource planning
(ERP) systems to distribute customer orders directly to warehouses.
Instead of using radio frequency (RF)
scanner guns to capture barcode information, the WOS system uses inexpensive
Bluetooth scanner devices that are paired
to an iPad. After an item is scanned, information about where the item is located in
the warehouse is displayed.
In addition to picking, the WOS system
also manages common warehouse processes such as receiving, inventory management, cycle count, verification and
packing. These functions all appear as
icons within the program.
Warehouse operators can purchase or
use their own iPads to run the software.
Operators also provide their owns scanners. "This is unique in that it is a packaged
product - everyone gets the same software," Hoj says. "This system integrates
well with e-commerce shopping carts and
systems, and is a great fit for any client who
is selling products online."
WOS is in place in warehouses ranging in
size from 10,000 square feet to as large as
300,000 square feet. "Our sweet spot is in a
warehouse with 10 to 15 people that handles
a large ecommerce fulfillment," he adds.
The system can be used either as a standalone system or in conjunction with an