Simon & Schuster and AL Systems Conclude Successful Conference on Voice Picking Best Practices

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Successful conference to showcase recently completed Warehouse Control System revamp and Voice Picking implementation that resulted in an annual $5 million cost savings at Simon & Schuster's distribution center in Riverside, NJ.

Simon & Schuster, a global leader in general interest publishing, and AL Systems, a leading provider of Warehouse Control System software concluded a successful Knowledge Conference titled “Using Voice Picking to Optimize your Distribution Operations”. The conference was attended by over 50 supply chain and distribution executives who were eager to learn more about adapting Voice Picking in their distribution operations and to share experiences and ideas gathered over years of working with the world’s most profitable companies.

“I have never seen so many supply chain and distribution executives together on one platform discussing best practices around a focused topic. I certainly preferred this format versus a more general topic across a large audience,” said Jim Gontarz, Plant Engineering Manager, Hallmark Cards.

The conference began with a keynote presentation by Dave Schaeffer, VP Distribution, Simon & Schuster, followed by an interactive discussion between the audience and panelists from Simon & Schuster, AL Systems, Voxware, and LXE. “I appreciate the focus on knowledge transfer as opposed to product selling,” said Greg Petro, VP Distribution, Lenox Corporation.

Following the panel discussion, the audience was taken on a tour of Simon & Schuster’s distribution center in Riverside, NJ where they were able to see the recently completed Warehouse Control System revamp and Voice Picking implementation that resulted in an annual $5 million cost savings. “It was a great learning experience to see a tightly run operation. The speaker, panelists, and tour coordinators were extremely informative and did a great job answering all our questions,” said Paul McNamara, VP Distribution, Armani Exchange.

In closing, Jim Iversen, CEO, AL Systems said “We want to bring together thought leaders to collaborate and share knowledge around the issues and opportunities facing our businesses today. Our goal is to create a stimulus to get productive thoughts flowing resulting in education and idea exchange.”

About Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Simon & Schuster, please visit

About AL Systems
For over 30 years, AL Systems has been helping companies optimize their distribution operations by providing solutions that maximize productivity, throughput, and order accuracy in the distribution center. Solutions include Pick to Light, Pack to Light, Put to Light, Voice Picking, Print and Apply, Sortation and Warehouse Control, and Shipping and Manifesting. AL Systems’ client successes boast of such prestigious companies as Armani Exchange, Gymboree, Simon & Schuster, REI, Talbot’s, The Men's Wearhouse, and Urban Outfitters, to name a few. For more information about AL Systems, please visit

About Voxware
Voxware, Inc. provides voice-driven software products that optimize the full spectrum of warehouse operations for greater accuracy, productivity and flexibility in supply chain execution. Voxware’s corporate headquarters are in Hamilton, New Jersey, with operating offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the United Kingdom, and France. Additional information can be obtained at

About LXE
LXE, a division of EMS Technologies, is a leading manufacturer of rugged vehicle-mounted, handheld and wearable mobile computers. LXE helps companies extend corporate networks to mobile workers in demanding conditions by providing easy-to-use, tough and reliable wireless computers. LXE products are used by organizations worldwide to drive down costs and improve customer satisfaction. For more information about LXE, please visit

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