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NetDespatch has produced a “virtual warehouse” for Simply Sleep, the memory foam mattress supplier, by using web technology to eliminate the need for stock holding on site.

Mattress orders are booked on-line through the NetDespatch Velocity web service, which immediately forwards delivery details to both the overnight parcel carrier APC Overnight and logistics firm Nationwide Express Parcels.

The NetDespatch service also sends details to bar code label printers located at the NEP warehouse. The labels provide product information and NEP simply pick from stock and await collection by APC for delivery next day nationwide.

Alan Huxley, head of sales at Simply Sleep, says: “By instantly internet posting our order details to the overnight carrier and then automatically printing bar code parcel labels at their local warehouse, we have completely eliminated the need to hold and manage stock. This really is supply chain simplified.”

NEP was an early adopter of the NetDespatch Velocity web booking and tracking service and over half its bookings are now received over the web.

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