Ryan Herco Products is a leading distributor of fluid handling products. The company’s diverse product line includes fittings that weigh one-fourth of an ounce, 20 foot lengths of plastic pipe, and pump-lift stations that weigh thousands of pounds. These products are available for pick-up from local distribution centers or are shipped directly to Ryan Herco’s industrial customers.
The company averages 750 parcels and 100 LTL shipments per day. A Mincron ERP customer since 1991, Ryan Herco benefited from years of streamlined efficiency across their accounting, sales, inventory, warehousing, and purchasing processes. Natalee Pucher, IT Analyst for Ryan Herco, notes that they wanted the same efficiency in their distribution centers. “Each year we pick one or two key IT projects that improve our profitability. In 2002 we focused on upgrading our shipping technology.”
Ryan Herco targeted several areas to improve profitability. The first was to replace 22 stand-alone carrier stations with the performance and reliability of an iSeries-based, multi-carrier shipping software package that exchanged information with their Mincron ERP system. They also sought control over freight expense and customer profitability, and to improve the accuracy and efficiency of their shipping processes. Proven performance was the main criteria for selecting a new shipping system.