MOTOTRBO Helps Sears DDC Keep Deliveries Moving

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walkie talkie voxAs part of its continuing goal to provide next day delivery on large home and garden items, Sears opened its Jacksonville, Florida direct distribution center in May of 2008. With seven day shipping, consistent, reliable communications was critical in order to coordinate the large volume of products that went through receiving and shipping on a daily basis. MOTOTRBO digital web sites are used to enable the entire warehouse to talk radio to radio without a repeater; the crisp audio enables conversation even in the noisy environment; and the long lasting batteries last through multiple shifts for increased productivity.

Sears Holding Center opens 812,000 sq. ft. facility

In May 2008, Sears Holding Corp. opened its newest direct distribution center (DDC) in Jacksonville, Florida. The new 812,000-square-foot warehouse is the distribution point for home appliances, tractors, televisions and other large items to local warehouses for more than 112 Sears and Kmart stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

This facility will allow Sears to expand our appliance distribution capabilities and moves us closer to our goal of becoming more effective and efficient, said Jim Mixon, senior vice president of supply chain and operations for Sears Holdings, in an interview with the Jacksonville Business Journal.

The new facility, located on 130 acres in the NorthPoint Industrial Park, consolidated two smaller warehouses that Sears Holdings operated in Jacksonville. With a new facility and a larger, busier warehouse to manage, Sears DDC Facilities Manager, Mike Harbert, began looking for a communications system that would be better suited to the environment.

Looking for long battery life and better audio

Harbert found that the companys existing radios did not provide the audio quality required in the noisy warehouse environment, or the battery life needed to last through an entire shift.

The problem with the batteries was that we ran three shifts and we shared the radios from shift to shift, Harbert says. The guys knew that when
they came in, the battery would be dead in a couple of hours, so they switched out the battery at the beginning of their shift even though it had another couple of hours on it.

Because the batteries were not completely discharged before recharging, memory effect shortened the life of the batteries even further, and eventually even the fresh batteries wouldnt last an entire shift.

While the existing communications the Sears DDC staff had been using were sufficient in the older smaller warehouses, they were limited. Once the operations moved to the much larger warehouse, they quickly realized better communications, clearer audio, and longer lasting batteries would be required.

Harbert worked with Hastys Communications, a Motorola authorized dealer, to recommend a solution.

MOTOTRBO digital radios deliver the right package

Mathews recommended MOTOTRBO radios based on Sears DDCs existing environment and loaned
Harbert some radios to try them out for himself. The digital radios enhanced audio, featuring background noise suppression, was especially was especially attractive to Harbert to deliver clear audio, even when standing next to the noise generated by the large diesel trucks.

The radios worked well and the audio was so crystal clear that even though the background was noisy, it was like the person you were talking to was standing right next to you, Harbert says.

Harbert also liked the fact that, in spite of the warehouses large size and structure, he would not need to purchase repeaters.

We talk radio to radio and I havent found a place in the warehouse or throughout the 45 to 50 acre area where we cant talk to each other, he says. Ive actually been down the street about a half mile or so and was able to call back to the building with no problem.

Long-lasting batteries keep communications going during Hurricane Fay

As Hurricane Fay slowly made its way through Florida toward Jacksonville in mid August, Harbert and his team began preparing the facility and grounds for a direct hit. Once again, the MOTOTRBO radios provided clear communications and,
equally important, long-lasting batteries that kept communications available.

We lost power early on and switched to our large UPS systems in the data room to keep our crucial data equipment running, recalls Harbert. The nice thing about the radios was that after our cell phone batteries began dying, we were still able to keep communicating with the MOTOTRBOs due to their long-lasting batteries.

Between the rapid IMPRES battery charger and the control process Harbert instituted that maintains both battery inventory and user accountability, the batteries have lasted even longer than expected. According to Harbert, he can now easily keep the radios operating through long shifts with half the spare inventory required by the old radios.

With longer talk time, clearer audio delivery, and the ruggedness that meets military standards for durability and reliability, MOTOTRBO radios offer a private, cost-effective solution that can be tailored to meet unique coverage and feature needs.

ProTalk® Portable UHF Business “On-Site” 2 way radio

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The Kenwood’s ProTalk® PKT23K two-way business radio is specially designed for those that want a Compact (about 5 inches with the antenna) and Small (only 3.9 ounces with the battery) radio with clear communications and has up to a 5 mile range or covers up to a 225,000sq.ft open warehouse*, and up to 80,000sq.ft in low power setting. If you were looking at the Motorola CLS1110 or CLP1010, you need to check this one out, because the PKT23 is about $20 less and you get double the warranty (2 years), 50% more power (1.5W vs. .5W) and four channels for your growing business instead of a single channel.

The ultra-strong polycarbonate antenna is fixed while the 1430mAh lithium ion battery delivers enough juice for up to 15 hours of battery time. To compliment the battery, the included 3 hour Micro USB fast charger is designed to keep your Walkie Talkie up and running at peak efficiency. The radio of choice for restaurants, hotels, retails stores and much more… This tough radio meets military specs giving it a high endorsement. To meet MILITARY 810 C, D, E and F grade, the new 1-pin connector cover has to be on.

The Palm sized PKT23K Pro Talk UHF 4 Channel 2-Way Radio Communicator, UHF 1.5 Watt Transmit Power, Wireless cloning simplifies setup of several radios, 4 Channel Operation and Internal VOX for hands-free communication with a headset. The new KPT-23 portable uses a single pin connector for audio accessories compatible with the KHS-33 and KHS-34 headsets. The new KSC-44K 3-Hour Fast Charger is a single chemistry charger and will only charge the KNB-71L battery. The KSC-44K charging cup has been designed to fit with the new KMB-44K Multi-Charger.

The Kenwod ProTalk PKT23K Two-Way UHF Radio is just what you need if you are at a retail store, hospitality setting, or a doctor who needs to be constantly in touch with his workers. This reliable and easy-to-use radio delivers just what it promises – first-rate, four-channel UHF capability. Give us a call to discuss your two way radios needs.

• UHF 1.5 Watt or 500 mW Transmit Power
• Extra Durable Polycarbonate Housing
• Small (1.8″ W x 0.8″ D x 3.3 H plus Antenna) & Lightweight (3.9 oz)
• Li-Ion battery with over 11 Hours Talk Time (5/5/90 duty cycle)
• Over 15 Hours Talk Time (with Battery Save On) 5/5/90 duty cycle
• 4 Channel Operation (factory pre-set)
• 99 User-Programmable Memory Bank Frequencies
• Channel Scan
• Wireless Cloning Mode
• Key Lock/Super Lock
• User Programmable QT (39) and DQT (168) Signaling
• Bell Tone Alert
• Speaker Mute Function
• VOX (Voice-activated transmit) with 5 Sensitivity Levels
• Voice Announcement
• Time Out Timer
• LED Battery Status Indicator
• 2 Function Keys
• 1-PIN Audio Accessory Jack
• Micro USB Port
• Antenna (fixed non-removable)
• Passes IP54 and 11 Rugged Mil-Spec 810 C, D, E, F and G Standards

What’s in the box:

• Portable PKT-23 Radio with Fixed Antenna
• KNB-71L Li-Ion 1,430 mAh battery
• KSC-44 3-Hour Micro USB Fast Charger
• KBH-20 Spring Action Belt Clip & Screws
• Fixed Speaker/Single Pin Mic Jack Cover
• Micro USB Port for programming and charging
• PKT23 Users Manual
• 2 Year Radio Warranty / 1 Year Accessory Warranty

*Maximum range can only be achieved over water or open rural areas under optimum conditions. FCC license required, form 601 and instructions are located on their website. Before filling out form 601 you must select which frequency your company will operate on. Available frequencies can be found in the owners manual. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.

Revive Your Childs Imagination With a 2 way radio Set

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When you watched television as a child, you probably thought walkie talkie sets were a cool idea.
Being able to talk to someone from a distance seemed like the best thing ever and if your parents would just buy you a set, your life would be complete. You and your friends could amass an army in the backyard and rule the world. These forms of websites have come a long way since those old action cartoons first aired and not only make a great way for kids to use their imagination, but allow parents to communicate with their children so you know where they are at all times.

The best part is, your kids won’t mind you checking up on them when using a walkie talkie.
Today’s hand held radios offer affordable technology for two-way communication at much greater distances. Unlike cell phones, there’s no minutes or overage charges to consider and they are easier to use. Once extremely popular, walkie talkie sets lost their luster with the advent of cellular phones.
Most consumers don’t realize that there are still many uses for the push to talk communication of the walkie talkie.

Sure they’re great for the kids, but they’re also convenient for you. If you live in a large house, you can use a walkie talkie set to call the kids. Need to call the kids in for dinner? No more yelling out the front door so everyone in the neighborhood knows that dinner is being served at your house.
Just simply push the button and tell them to come home. You might feel more comfortable with your child going to his friends house down the street if you can be in constant communication with him. Set check in rules, where your child must contact you every so often via your mobile radio.

This gives your child some independence while giving you peace of mind.
With a little imagination, walkie talkie toys add a new twist to traditional games. Hide and seek gains a new dimension with these radios that don’t operate like a toy. While one child searches, the other can let him know if he’s hot or cold without disclosing his location.
Your children can play cops and robbers with the cops having two-way radios just like the real police. Most children are excited with this prospect and will happily play for hours using their imagination and getting out from in front of the television. I’m sure you’ve seen those old movies, where two children are passing notes between two houses?

Your child can chat with his best friend at the end of the day without having to leave the house.
Childhood should be a magical time and mobile hand held radios remind us of when we were kids when the possibilities seemed endless and there were no video games and fancy electronics. Imagination can be revived in your child with a walkie talkie set and a childhood friend.
Not only affordable, a kids walkie talkie set is a fun way for your child to be creative and to be more active.

I am a passionate hobbyist when it comes to a Walkie Talkie Set. Even if you are searching a two way radio for a child, feel free to check out my useful tips and advice for choosing Walkie Talkie Toys. And learn all there is to know about the other many types of walkie talkies that you can use for home, work, or fun in the outdoors.