DocuLogic Cuts The Paper Chase for Mercedes-Benz Parts Network; Internet-Based Technology Eliminates Paper Invoice Files

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from DocuLogic

    FAIRFIELD, N.J., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The parts distribution network
 of Mercedes-Benz USA has replaced paper invoice storage with a completely
 Intranet-based document management system from DocuLogic of Fairfield, New
 Jersey.  The five regional Mercedes-Benz parts distribution centers (PDCs),
 which distribute parts to the 310 Mercedes dealers in the United States, now
 rely entirely on DocuLogic imaging technology to catalog and store all parts
 invoices.  The Mercedes PDCs are located in Hanover, Md., Carol Stream, Ill.,
 Fontana, Calif., Fort Worth, Texas, and Jacksonville, Fla.
     DocuLogic uses a browser-based interface to collect and securely store
 images of all parts invoices issued by Mercedes-Benz to its dealers.
 Authorized Mercedes employees can easily and securely access the invoices by
 using a web browser on any personal computer.  Previously, each of the
 Mercedes PDCs stored printed copies of all its invoices, and searches for
 information -- such as for state audits -- were labor intensive and time
 consuming.  Now, all invoice data is accessible at the speed of a dedicated
 T-1 Intranet connection.  Because The DocuLogic system uses industry standard
 tools and a browser-based interface, Mercedes did not have to invest in any
 additional technology to adopt the system.
     "Using DocuLogic to collect our parts invoice data and store it on servers
 located at DocuLogic frees up at least one and a quarter hours of staff time
 per day in each of our five PDCs," says Roger Raethz, Department Manager, PDC
 Operations.  "Our people can conduct their jobs more efficiently because they
 don't need to spend time sorting and filing paperwork.  We were able to
 implement the DocuLogic system in just two weeks because there was no new
 technology to install and learn," he adds.
     Since 1999, four departments of Mercedes-Benz USA have contracted with
 DocuLogic for document management systems.  DocuLogic collects and stores
 documents for the premium automobile importer's purchasing and human resources
 departments as well as the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center. In
 addition to collecting electronic documents for storage, DocuLogic scans and
 stores conventional documents, such as letters or forms from customers or
 employees.  These, too, are made searchable through the web-based interface by
 authorized Mercedes personnel.
 
     How The DocuLogic System Works
     Previously, the Mercedes-Benz PDCs were printing copies of invoices from
 their mainframe files.  Now, according to Rick Kushel, vice president of
 DocuLogic, a Mercedes PDC employee prints just one paper invoice to accompany
 a shipment.  There is no second printed copy to be filed.
     DocuLogic uses ASP/Thin Client Server technology to collect the electronic
 invoices from the Mercedes network using a File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
 process, each night importing the data from the Mercedes network as one large
 electronic image file.  The DocuLogic system automatically parses this file to
 collect and catalog key data, creating database entries searchable by invoice
 number and date, customer (dealer) number, branch (PDC), or state.
     DocuLogic stores the client's data on a secure server that's protected by
 an industry-leading firewall technology.  Authorized Mercedes employees can
 search for invoice data by logging on to a secure, password-protected
 DocuLogic web page and completing an online form in a web browser (Microsoft
 Internet Explorer or Netscape).  For security purposes, an employee does not
 access the database directly.  Rather, the browser search-form queries the
 database behind the firewall and returns search results securely.
     Additional security measures include SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption
 and a Verisign server certificate.
     "The DocuLogic system delivers on the promise of using Internet technology
 to streamline workflow, replace tedious manual labor with automation, and
 dramatically reduce paperwork," says Kushel.  "Our system not only reduces
 workload for our clients, but chances for error, as well.  Best of all, we can
 put it into place very quickly."
     DocuLogic is an Application Service Provider (ASP) specializing in
 web-based document imaging, electronic document collection, storage, and
 retrieval solutions.  The company's Virtual Records Center concept is powered
 by Tier 2 Document Imaging Technology that provides its customers with the
 latest thin-client server technology and worldwide access via the Internet or
 customer intranet.  There is little to no training required and implementation
 is immediate.
 
     CONTACT:  Rick Kushel of DocuLogic, 1-800-244-4209 ext. 102,
 rkushel@DocuLogic.com.
 
     This release was issued through DigitalWork.com -- Your Business Workshop.
 For more information visit: http://www.digitalwork.com.
 
 

SOURCE DocuLogic
    FAIRFIELD, N.J., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The parts distribution network
 of Mercedes-Benz USA has replaced paper invoice storage with a completely
 Intranet-based document management system from DocuLogic of Fairfield, New
 Jersey.  The five regional Mercedes-Benz parts distribution centers (PDCs),
 which distribute parts to the 310 Mercedes dealers in the United States, now
 rely entirely on DocuLogic imaging technology to catalog and store all parts
 invoices.  The Mercedes PDCs are located in Hanover, Md., Carol Stream, Ill.,
 Fontana, Calif., Fort Worth, Texas, and Jacksonville, Fla.
     DocuLogic uses a browser-based interface to collect and securely store
 images of all parts invoices issued by Mercedes-Benz to its dealers.
 Authorized Mercedes employees can easily and securely access the invoices by
 using a web browser on any personal computer.  Previously, each of the
 Mercedes PDCs stored printed copies of all its invoices, and searches for
 information -- such as for state audits -- were labor intensive and time
 consuming.  Now, all invoice data is accessible at the speed of a dedicated
 T-1 Intranet connection.  Because The DocuLogic system uses industry standard
 tools and a browser-based interface, Mercedes did not have to invest in any
 additional technology to adopt the system.
     "Using DocuLogic to collect our parts invoice data and store it on servers
 located at DocuLogic frees up at least one and a quarter hours of staff time
 per day in each of our five PDCs," says Roger Raethz, Department Manager, PDC
 Operations.  "Our people can conduct their jobs more efficiently because they
 don't need to spend time sorting and filing paperwork.  We were able to
 implement the DocuLogic system in just two weeks because there was no new
 technology to install and learn," he adds.
     Since 1999, four departments of Mercedes-Benz USA have contracted with
 DocuLogic for document management systems.  DocuLogic collects and stores
 documents for the premium automobile importer's purchasing and human resources
 departments as well as the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center. In
 addition to collecting electronic documents for storage, DocuLogic scans and
 stores conventional documents, such as letters or forms from customers or
 employees.  These, too, are made searchable through the web-based interface by
 authorized Mercedes personnel.
 
     How The DocuLogic System Works
     Previously, the Mercedes-Benz PDCs were printing copies of invoices from
 their mainframe files.  Now, according to Rick Kushel, vice president of
 DocuLogic, a Mercedes PDC employee prints just one paper invoice to accompany
 a shipment.  There is no second printed copy to be filed.
     DocuLogic uses ASP/Thin Client Server technology to collect the electronic
 invoices from the Mercedes network using a File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
 process, each night importing the data from the Mercedes network as one large
 electronic image file.  The DocuLogic system automatically parses this file to
 collect and catalog key data, creating database entries searchable by invoice
 number and date, customer (dealer) number, branch (PDC), or state.
     DocuLogic stores the client's data on a secure server that's protected by
 an industry-leading firewall technology.  Authorized Mercedes employees can
 search for invoice data by logging on to a secure, password-protected
 DocuLogic web page and completing an online form in a web browser (Microsoft
 Internet Explorer or Netscape).  For security purposes, an employee does not
 access the database directly.  Rather, the browser search-form queries the
 database behind the firewall and returns search results securely.
     Additional security measures include SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption
 and a Verisign server certificate.
     "The DocuLogic system delivers on the promise of using Internet technology
 to streamline workflow, replace tedious manual labor with automation, and
 dramatically reduce paperwork," says Kushel.  "Our system not only reduces
 workload for our clients, but chances for error, as well.  Best of all, we can
 put it into place very quickly."
     DocuLogic is an Application Service Provider (ASP) specializing in
 web-based document imaging, electronic document collection, storage, and
 retrieval solutions.  The company's Virtual Records Center concept is powered
 by Tier 2 Document Imaging Technology that provides its customers with the
 latest thin-client server technology and worldwide access via the Internet or
 customer intranet.  There is little to no training required and implementation
 is immediate.
 
     CONTACT:  Rick Kushel of DocuLogic, 1-800-244-4209 ext. 102,
 rkushel@DocuLogic.com.
 
     This release was issued through DigitalWork.com -- Your Business Workshop.
 For more information visit: http://www.digitalwork.com.
 
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