BAUHAUS had a great wish to create a more modernized version of their hand-held terminal solution, which they use during intake of goods and stocktaking for sales and customer service. They experienced that the existing hand-held terminal didn’t meet the digital development and therefore the old functions did not meet the technological needs and requirements for BAUHAUS. Due to this, Fiftytwo has helped with moving existing applications to a modern solution and optimized some of the applications in the process.
BAUHAUS had the challenge that their hand-held solution wasn’t modern enough for the market and not fully functional for the job to be done perfectly. Their former hand-held solution was based on the same code language as their ERP solution, which can be a challenge in relation to finding qualified developers that know this specific code. That’s why BAUHAUS would like help from Fiftytwo to reimplement the apps from the old hand-held solution to a new and modern platform developed in .NET.
The old hand-held solution had an old-fashioned look and feel, and it was difficult to train new staff in the use of the terminal due to design limitations that only allow text and no pictures.
At this time of writing, Fiftytwo has converted nine applications to the new hand-held solution, among other things the app for goods intake. The old app for goods intake could only accept one order at a time, whereas the new solution now can accept multiple orders from the same supplier at the same time in one fluent process. Furthermore, the hand-held solution can now use an automatic goods intake in several scenarios.
A lot of resources are put into analyzing the work flows in the goods intake processes with the goal to create a better and more intuitive work flow when using the app. Fiftytwo has made it possible for the new solution to create better error messaging and pop-ups with the purpose of creating better work processes and spot errors in the system before they create complications.
The result shows us that the employees spend much less time on goods intake, which can be a very complicated process at BAUHAUS. They new technology has made it possible to move a great amount of the app execution to the hand-held solution. This improves performance since a constant server access isn’t necessary, and they can access the internet when needed with the new solution from Fiftytwo.
We’re extremely happy to take part in the journey and development of BAUHAUS, where we together can optimize and improve work procedures and reduce manual work.
- Henrik Salicath, CEO, Fiftytwo
With a .NET based solution it is much easier for BAUHAUS to develop new functions that optimize the processes in their internal systems. Fiftytwo can without complications solve the challenges at BAUHAUS and develop new solutions on a .NET based solution. The hand-held solution works like a regular smartphone that allows the employee to access the internet to find answers to their questions. For instance, it is possible for the employee to use the internet and other services and access the product site at BAUHAUS’ webshop.
Furthermore, BAUHAUS now has a more modern design that includes pictures and icons that make the solution easier and more intuitive to use. BAUHAUS has experienced training of new employees to be easier since the hand-held solution resembles their own smartphone. A great improvement is visible in training younger employees who all are used to using smartphones in their everyday life.
BAUHAUS has been on the Danish market since 1988. Since the establishment in Denmark, BAUHAUS has experienced great progress and today they have a solid foundation on the Danish market with 17 department stores.
In 1960, BAUHAUS introduced a new concept called “everything-under-one-roof” when opening the first department store in Mannheim, Germany. Before this concept was introduced, workmen and “do-it-yourself-people” had to visit several specialty shops to get the tools and materials needed for their house and garden. BAUHAUS changed this and then it became possible to buy plants, tools, paint etc. under one roof – which turned out to be a unique concept.
Today BAUHAUS has existed for more than 50 years. The reason to BAUHAUS’ success is due to their broad assortment of quality products at a competitive price. In addition, BAUHAUS has competent consultants, always ready to provide the best service possible.