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DEX / UCS: An Industry Standard
For over thirty years the DEX protocol has been an industry standard. DEX stands for: Direct EXchange Uniform Communications Standards.
What is DEX?
DEX stands for Direct EXchange. A digital communication protocol that extends the UCS (Uniform Communication Standard), it enables direct store delivery (DSD) drivers to transmit digital invoices to the retailer’s receiving clerk at the loading dock.
Created by the Uniform Code Council (UCC), DEX has been adopted by most national grocery chains. This standardized system reduces time, costs and inaccuracies inherent in paper invoices. Originally designed in the early 1980’s, the DEX protocols have been revised several times over the years. The most currently used versions today are 4010 and 5010.
Versatile Mobile Systems continues to lead in providing updated software as soon as new versions are adapted. Currently, we support up to UCS version 6030.
DEX data is quite useful and extensive. It eliminates the need for route people to write what they loaded onto a route card. It also makes it unnecessary to manually input this information into a handheld mobile computer. The retailer can electronically receive the distributor’s invoice at the time of product delivery – further eliminating data entry errors and inefficiencies.
Because data is in the system at the time of delivery, inventory is kept up-to-date and accurate. DEX eliminates invoice processing times and allows for checks on quantities, prices, and product authorization. By confirming that the product listed on the invoice is what was received at the correct cost, DEX drives accuracy and efficiences well as eliminating unknown product getting to checkout.
Retailers stand the most to gain – and they can encourage DEX use by offering incentives or priority service.
Versatile Mobile Systems’ DEX Solutions
Since the late 1990’s Versatile Mobile Systems has offered DEX software solutions on every major mobile operating system, including DOS, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, and now, Android.
Versatile Mobile Systems DEX on Android is currently available only as an embedded client. In order to cover all versions of the DEX servers used by retailers today, Versatile Mobile Systems’ entire suite of DEX software is compliant from version 4010 to 6030.
The Future is Now: DEX For Android
DEX has always required ruggedized mobile computers to make the system work. With equipment costs ranging from $1500 to $4000 per route, this capital expenditure put DEX out of reach of most small to mid-range suppliers. While economies of scale and distributed cost of fleet maintenance make ruggedized equipment the right choice for the largest distributors, they have yet to make economic sense for companies with fewer drivers. Unfortunately, without the ability to DEX, smaller suppliers are often locked out of the national retail grocery chains.
Now Versatile Mobile Systems’ DEX for Android makes it possible to DEX from low-cost Android tablets and smartphones in addition to ruggedized mobile computers. We’ve made DEX available to everyone; whether you have one driver or one-thousand-and-one drivers who need to DEX, we have a solution for you.
Benefits of DEX / UCS for Android
- Now with Android, DEX becomes even more cost-effective to deploy
- With DEX, expect to reduce labor hours
- DEX helps reduce errors
- DEX is proven technology and is durable for all environments
- DEX is easy to use – especially with Android compatibility
Features of DEX / UCS for Android
- View, open and edit Invoices
- Send multiple invoices in one session
- Supports DEX dueling
- Full adjustment editing / management
- Print invoices
- Signature capture
- Supports UCS versions 4010- 6030
- Supports all communication options (USB / Serial / Bluetooth / Bluetooth LE) *device dependent
NOTE: Versatile Mobile Systems will continue to offer DEX for Windows Mobile in addition to Android.