Forney IndustriesCARMEL, Ind. (June 27, 2011, Blue Horseshoe Blog) – Blue Horseshoe, a software development and solutions firm, has completed implementation of its Intellectual Property (BHIP) solutions, Warehousing for AX (WAX) and Transportation for AX (TRAX) for Forney Industries. Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., Forney is one of America’s longest operating family-owned companies distributing over 4,500 products from two distribution centers in Colorado and New York to hardware, automotive, farm and ranch and do-it-yourself customers.

The implementation of WAX and TRAX at Forney coincided with implementation of Microsoft’s Dynamics AX Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. WAX and TRAX embed advanced supply chain capabilities into Dynamics AX to significantly extend warehousing and transportation functionality without using separate warehouse or transportation management systems. These solutions provide:

  • a single embedded solution for increased visibility and flexibility across departments
  • a completely paperless operation by leveraging radio frequency (RF) system-directed tasking, which improves accuracy, order throughput and labor efficiency
  • a more accurate and visible inventory
  • improved customer service
  • centralized freight planning, scheduling and reconciliation

“Forney Industries is a rapidly growing high-volume, loose-piece pick and pack operation that needed a fully integrated system,” said Kevin Paul, vice president of Blue Horseshoe.

“Embedding the functionality of WAX and TRAX directly into their Dynamics AX system creates a single solution for greater efficiency and accuracy.”

Kyle Pettine, chief operations officer at Forney Industries added, “Using two interface systems, ERP and warehouse and transportation management caused many issues, such as out of synch data which required a lot of manual reconciliation. Now, with one system and a completely paperless environment, we have redefined how we work.”

About Blue Horseshoe

Blue Horseshoe is a privately held solution services firm that has been providing expert consulting and packaged software solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world since 1983. Based in North America, Blue Horseshoe assesses business needs and applies world-class business applications to improve profitability and increase efficiency. For more, visit www.bhsolutions.com.

About Forney Industries

For more than 75 years, Forney Industries has provided dealers and warehouses with metal working and welding products; abrasives and cutting wheels; air fittings, hoses and tools; industrial-quality cutting tools; hydraulic fittings, hoses and tools; wire wheels and brushes; workshop tools; steel, aluminum and chain; and safety equipment.