HD Supply Earns Spot on 2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators across America
Pick-to-Voice System Improves Fulfillment Accuracy and Productivity in Distribution Centers
Atlanta, GA – HD Supply, a leading industrial distribution company, today announced that it made this year’s InformationWeek 500 for the fourth consecutive year. InformationWeek 500 is an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. The annual list was revealed last week at the InformationWeek 500 Conference which took place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.
“We are thrilled to have earned an Information Week 500 award for the fourth consecutive year,” said HD Supply Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michele Markham. “This recognition points directly to our innovative use of business technology solutions to ensure the highest quality service in terms of speed and accuracy for our customers, and enables us to refine our internal processes to truly be the marketplace’s distributor of choice.”
This year, HD Supply information technology was recognized for the innovative use of a Pick-to-Voice system in 37 nationwide HD Supply Facilities Maintenance distribution centers. Pick-to-Voice uses voice recognition technology integrated with an interactive warehouse control solution, enabling HD Supply associates to quickly and accurately pick customer orders from the warehouse floor. The system is fully integrated with the company’s SAP ERP operating platform, allowing warehouse team members to communicate, execute and confirm customer order tasks via a simple, voice-controlled process.
“For our customers, the immediate impact has been an increase in the accuracy of fulfilled orders,” explained Brian Monks, vice president of information technology at HD Supply Facilities Maintenance. “Distribution centers have improved productivity by 75 percent.”
“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches—new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.” InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.
Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.
About HD Supply (www.hdsupply.com)
HD Supply is one of the largest industrial distribution companies in North America. Through a diverse portfolio of industry-leading businesses and more than 80 years of experience, the company provides a broad range of products and services to approximately 440,000 professional customers in the infrastructure, maintenance, repair and improvement, and specialty construction markets. With 630 locations across 46 states and nine Canadian provinces, the company’s 13,600 associates provide localized, customer-driven services including jobsite delivery, will call or direct-ship options, diversified logistics and innovative solutions that contribute to its customers’ success.
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