Software streamlines warehouse management.

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Real-time TRICEPS 5.1 offers hands-free data collection and assignment with voice-based order selection and cycle counting functions for distribution centers. Users verify activity was performed with voice collection headset, instead of manual key entry process. System provides direct update to inventory levels and reports discrepancies in customer orders, while eliminating paper labels and assignments. Software also includes inbound dock scheduling.

Original Press Release:

OMI International Rolls out Expanded Voice-Directed Technology and Visibility in Supply Chain Offering

DALLAS - October 21, 2002 - OMI International, a leading provider of supply chain management solutions, today released TRICEPS 5.1, the latest version of their real-time, warehouse management solution. TRICEPS 5.1 offers users expanded voice-directed technology and industry-leading functionality for voice-enabled order selection and inventory cycle counting. Additionally, the release of TRICEPS 5.1 incorporates new inbound dock scheduling along with real-time order visibility.

TRICEPS 5.1 now offers expanded capabilities for voice-based order selection and cycle counting functions providing distribution center labor the benefit of improved productivity by hands-free data collection and assignment. This technology virtually eliminates the use of paper labels and assignments and provides an added layer of accuracy. Using voice-based selection, the user can now simply verify an activity was performed by speaking into the voice collection headset, instead of having to use a manual key entry process into a fixed RF device to terminate the assignment. The real-time interface to the TRICEPS warehouse management system provides a direct update to inventory levels and a means to quickly repair and report any discrepancies in a customer's order.

In addition to the expanded voice capabilities, TRICEPS 5.1 adds a new Inbound Scheduling process, a real-time system for scheduling of dock door assignments that significantly improves dock efficiency and overall time in receiving incoming product. Also new in TRICEPS 5.1 is OMIView, enhanced order visibility functionality providing Internet-based visibility of store orders enabling customers to view their orders via real-time updates from the distribution center and beyond.

"The use of voice-directed selection has continued to be a significant benefit for our TRICEPS customers. In the two years since we first installed our real-time voice interface, we've continued to enhance the user functionality, and now with the expanded use in selection and addition of real-time cycle counting, our customers have the most advanced voice interface in the distribution business", says Dick Oksanen, President, OMI International. "We expect that the use of voice-directed technology in combination with TRICEPS' discrete labor standards, will provide for as much as an additional 15% increase in workforce productivity."

About TRICEPS Warehouse Management System

Currently operating in over 225 warehouses worldwide, TRICEPS offers industry-leading Supply Chain Execution (SCE) functionality for complex, multi-facility installations. TRICEPS is designed to operate as a stand-alone application or can be configured with real-time interfaces to a wide range of transportation management or enterprise resource planning systems. In installations worldwide, TRICEPS is effective in controlling costs in the warehouse by monitoring and recording all labor movement, and efficiently using RF and voice-directed activities for optimal labor savings. TRICEPS offers innovative capabilities for intra-day measurement and performance control of the fulfillment process by the use of real-time, product tracking data in any measurable unit.

About the OMI Supply Chain Management (SCM) Suite

The OMI SCM product suite enables enterprise-wide procurement, e-procurement with reverse auction, warehouse, labor and order management promoting real-time visibility and optimization across an organizations' supply chain. The suite has a configurable set of components and features required for diverse purchasing and fulfillment environments including BICEPS - Purchase Management, ABS - Order Management, PROMPT - Payment Reconciliation, TRICEPS - Warehouse Management, MDS - Yard and Dock Management and CAIRO - Warehouse Optimization. OMI's SCM applications run on a number of leading platforms including UNIX, Sun Solaris, MVS and Windows 2000. OMI's products are fully integrated with a number of leading technologies including EDI, CRP, UCSII and wireless applications ranging from RF to RFID, RTLS and voice technology.

About OMI International, Inc.

OMI International is a leading developer of a fully integrated supply chain management application, providing end-to-end visibility and optimization to meet the diverse requirements of today's supply chains. With over 18 years of operational and product experience, including over 400 installations worldwide, OMI is a recognized leader across the food, perishables, general merchandise and specialty retail verticals. In North America alone, one or more of OMI's SCM offerings is installed in 60% of the top 100 retail grocery organizations and in 46% of the wholesale grocery businesses. Founded in 1984, OMI International is privately held with offices in Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, United Kingdom, France, Spain and South Africa. OMI's web site is

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