Case Study | December 29, 2012

Planet Aid Automates Inventory Management With Handheld Computers

Source: CipherLab USA

Planet Aid is a non-profit organization headquartered in Massachusetts dedicated to improving the lives of people in developing countries through its clothing collection and recycling program across the United States. Items donated to Planet Aid are resold and proceeds are used to support education, community development and HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The company had a severe inventory management problem: clothing collection drivers were manually writing down estimated amounts of clothing in its pickup bins. This method was error-prone because handwriting was often deciphered incorrectly when data was entered at headquarters. It was also extremely time-consuming since it could take hours for the drivers’ data to be manually entered. Planet Aid decided to automate this data entry process and it turned to CipherLab and its 8000 series mobile computers as a solution.

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