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Logistics Management/ Logistics Information System (LIS)

The Client: HINDUSTAN LATEX LIMITED

Hindustan Latex Limited (HLL) is a Government of India Company, under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. HLL has an impressive production infrastructure for a range of Contraceptives and Health Care Products. The products under the brand are being exported to over 70 countries today. It is also one of the world’s largest manufacturers of condoms with an annual production capacity of 800 million pieces.

Project Background

The Marketing department of HLL is situated at it headquarters. The department has under it a number of Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) agents and distributors whose work is coordinated through regional offices across the country.

Items manufactured at the factories are distributed countrywide via these C&F agents and distributors. The system prior to the implementation of Logistics Information System (LIS) that we developed was very conventional. The software that was in use fell way short of satisfying the client’s specific needs. And this created many a trouble in the entire network. And the company suffered loss of time, money and manpower because of this.

Requirement

The client needed software that satisfied their unique needs for effective and smooth running of the entire system. A user friendly product that co-ordinate the entire process for better benefits.

Team e-biz’s solution

A web-based solution called Logistics Information System (LIS) for them to enable the Head Office to track the daily activities of sale, stock position, inventory status etc. of C&F agents and distributors countrywide. Two major entities in this solution are Logistics Information System (LIS) Server (a website) and LIS Client (the client software installed at different C&F locations).

Data needed to be synchronised between the server and client databases. We used MS SQL Server 2000 for LIS Server and MS Access 2000 for LIS Client. The optimum solution was arrived at using XML Web Services for two-way synchronisation between two databases, which is unique as well as cost effective.

Technology

  • Coding: Visual Basic for LIS Client, ASP for LIS Server and SOAP Toolkit for Web Service incorporation.
  • Databases: MS SQL Server 2000 on LIS Server and MS Access 2002 on LIS Clients.
  • Data Interchange Format in Client Server Synchronization: XML.
  • Data Access: XML Web Services, ADO 3.0.
  • Creative Development: HTML, DHTML, CSS.

Client Benefits

  • Customised to update daily, weekly, monthly quarterly and annual reports with graphical analysis with just a click from anywhere in the world.
  • Seamless and transparent C&F operations.
  • Cost effective and efficient way to synchronize C&F agents’ data with head office data.

 
 
M/s. Team e-biz provided us with a truly comprehensive, well-structured, and user-friendly solution that is well appreciated
Dr. N. M. Mathew Director of Research RRII, Rubber Board
 
 
 
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