Wasco makes a 52.000 articles catalogue available via PDA using OutSystems Platform
Maarssen, The Netherlands - 07 March 2007
OutSystems has announced that Wasco is using OutSystems Platform to provide access to a digital catalogue with over 52,000 articles to its customer base. The new Wasco Mobile solution makes it possible for service engineers to search and order online all the parts they need to service central heating boilers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wasco has chosen OutSystems Platform because of its capability to quickly create new solutions and the flexibility it offers in maintaining and evolving existing solutions.
The Wasco Mobile is a mobile web application that makes it possible for central heating service engineers to use a PDA for accessing, at the installation site, a complete digital catalogue containing more than 52,000 articles. These professionals can access the http://www.wasco.mobi website, where a specific search structure for boiler parts is available for them to quickly find and select the exact parts they need. Besides detailed product information, more than 1,000 detailed drawings and 20,000 photos of boiler parts can be downloaded to facilitate the selection. After selecting the products they need to complete the work, service engineers can immediately check the available stock and place an order.
Wasco Mobile uses web services to retrieve all the necessary information from the Bestmate ERP system, which runs on an IBM AS/400. “For our customers, Wasco Mobile means that they will now be able to find products more quickly, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when they are on the road. They’ll be able to save time when ordering and they’ll be less likely to make mistakes”, says Roy Grob, E-commerce Project Manager at Wasco Holding B.V. “OutSystems built and implemented our entire application in five weeks, a time period in which other vendors would have found it difficult just to submit a proposal and a project plan”.
Wasco is a wholesaler that offers a wide range of products and support services in the field of heating, ventilation, sanitaryware and spare parts. The company supplies a range of more than 52,000 articles within 24 hours from a state-of-the-art distribution centre in Twello and a regional distribution centre in Rotterdam. Wasco is part of the listed Wolseley Group, which has 80,000 employees in 22 countries and achieves a turnover of approximately 20 billion euro from the distribution of building materials to the professional market. To learn more about Wasco please visit: http://www.wasco.nl