Computerized Stone Distribution

February 15, 2006
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Marble & Granite, Inc.'s operation includes a 70,000-square-foot warehouse in Westwood, MA, as well as a 30,000-square-foot facility in Milford, CT. For maximum tracking of inventory and sales, the company invested in a state-of-the-art computer system from Prophet 21.<


WESTWOOD, MA - Using advanced computer technology, Marble & Granite, Inc. has maintained optimum control of its operation, which includes two warehouses and over 300 varieties of stone.

The Prophet 21 system is in place at the company's 70,000-square-foot warehouse in Westwood, MA, as well as its 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Milford, CT. Using the latest generation of software technology, it efficiently tracks inventory. Each slab is labeled with a sticker that includes the material name, slab number, arrival date and lot number. These labels, which include a bar code, are generated for each slab. Once a slab is sold, the code is scanned into the system so the company can record and track the specific slab that was sold.

Each slab is labeled with a sticker that includes the material name, slab number, arrival date and lot number. These labels, which include a bar code, are generated for each slab. Once a slab is sold, the code is scanned into the system so the company can record and track the specific slab that was sold.

Marble & Granite, Inc. carries 180 varieties of granite, 60 types of marble and all 36 varieties of CaesarStone -- as well as rare and exotic stones such as onyx. Material offerings include standard materials such as Ubatuba granite as well as exotic stones. In addition to carrying a wide variety of granite, owner Gian Luca Fiori said that offering a broad range of marble, such as 3-cm Carrara slabs, gives the company an edge in a very competitive marketplace. It also has a full range of tiles in all materials.

Providing an additional service to fabricators, Marble & Granite, Inc. carries supplies and tooling from companies such as Alpha Professional Tools, Tenax and Diamax.

Slabs and bundles are maneuvered with one of 10 Sard boom trucks, and all facets of delivery are coordinated by the Prophet 21 system.

In addition to managing inventory, the Prophet 21 system can also help Marble & Granite, Inc. track the best sellers and find which “staple” materials are selling, as well as which exotic materials are drawing interest.

Marble and Granite, Inc. has a detailed Web site at www.marbleandgranite.com that showcases many of the company's stone materials. In addition, member customers can peruse the company's inventory and pricing for slabs and tiles, and they can order 24 hours per day/seven days per week. Marble & Granite Inc.'s customers can also review their full account status online, including invoices, orders, etc.

The warehouse itself has been laid out as an open environment, where customers can easily view slabs and make their selections. This year, this company is upgrading the computer system to include a warehouse management program that determines the exact location of each slab within the warehouse.

Slabs and bundles are maneuvered with one of 10 Sard boom trucks, and all facets of delivery are coordinated by the Prophet 21 system. In fact, the system even schedules the proper order of all deliveries to maximize efficiency for the trucks on the road.

Marble & Granite Inc. sells an average of 50 containers or more per month. The company's sales territory includes all of New England as well as Upstate New York.

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