Business software developer Sage Software unveiled a new Warehouse Automation module for its Sage MAS 500 ERP enterprise resource planning software.

Intended for distribution companies that use wireless networking equipment, the module transfers data gathered from handheld barcode scanners and radio frequency communication devices and enters it automatically into the Sage MAS 500 ERP system.

Warehouse Automation automates such routine tasks as receipt of goods, warehouse transfers, bin transfers, sales returns, and packing and shipping. Seamless integration with MAS 500, allows for real-time updates and validation of data. In the event the Sage MAS 500 Server or the RF connection is temporarily lost, users can work offline and the information captured by the handheld device can be uploaded when the connection is re-established.

"The cost of Wi-Fi equipment continues to fall and is generating more investment by small and midsized business owners in the infrastructure that supports warehouse automation," said Jim Portner, Sage Software vice president and general manager for Sage MAS products, in a statement.

Handheld devices supported by the Warehouse Automation module include the Intermec CN2 Series, the Intermec 700 Series, and the Intermec CK60 Series, plus any handheld device utilizing Microsoft CE.Net or Windows Mobile 2003/2005 operating systems.

Also available with the release of Warehouse Automation is the Barcode LabelXpert Designer module for creating barcode labels for inventory items like packaging cartons, warehouse shelves or warehouse bins.

Previously on WebCPA:

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Sage Reveals New Software Products, Upgrades (May 12, 2006)

Sage Unveils Acquisitions in Construction Niche (May 10, 2006)

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