Supermarket Morrisons is planning to roll out wireless IT infrastructure across five of the company's UK manufacturing facilities to automate its paper-based processes.
It has signed a £1.5m contract with Zetes, a consultancy specialising in systems for automatic identification of goods and people, to build a Cisco wireless network and roll out mobile devices.
Morrisons plans to deploy handheld terminals with customised keyboards plus Zetes' IND 2475 truck-mounted terminals, extended range scanners and label printers. Zetes is currently rolling out a voice-directed picking system into all Morrisons warehouses.
The move is part of the retailer's three-year business optimisation strategy, called Optimisation Plan II, which started in 2007. The strategy covers financial, HR and payroll systems as well as implementing a stock picking system.
This latest project will support the implementation of Oracle Retail ERP and database software, by providing its Oracle systems with real-time information
In February 2008, Morrisons formed a strategic relationship with Oracle, which it said would help it drive flexibility across the business and strengthen the company's foundation for future growth.
Morrisons is using the Oracle Retail suite of merchandising, planning and stores applications; Oracle E-Business Suite for financial, HR/payroll and manufacturing; Oracle's Siebel CRM; Oracle Fusion Middleware including Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Identity Management; and Oracle Database.