Phantom Fireworks Sparks Business Operations with VAI's S2K 5.0 ERP Solution

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Date: Oct. 7, 2009
Publisher: Business Wire, Inc.
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Length: 582 words

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Powerful Distribution Software Goes Live for the National Firework Distributor

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. -- VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) (http://www.vai.net ), a leader in enterprise solutions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail and service industries, and an IBM Premier Business Partner, announced today that Ohio-based B.J. Alan Company (www.bjalan.com), the parent company of Phantom Fireworks, a national distributor of consumer fireworks, has successfully implemented S2K 5.0 to streamline operations for the companies multiple retail locations. Phantom purchased VAI's S2K for Retail and S2K for Distribution software solutions to maximize efficiency and enhance overall business performance.

Phantom, a VAI customer since 2002, upgraded to S2K for Distribution version 5.0 in early 2009 and went live in May of this year. With VAI's dynamic software, Phantom now has the capability to run each of its stores independently--a substantial benefit, as many of its retail locations are open only a few months out of the year. The fireworks distributor also has even greater access to accurate, real-time financial information and is equipped with the technical resources to improve cash flow, allow for better decision-making and enhance overall productivity.

Claudio Galina, Project Director, VAI, commented, "Phantom wanted to operate each of its retail facilities independently and have access to greater financial data for better decision making. With S2K 5.0, VAI was able to deliver exactly what the company needed to accomplish this task. With S2K for Retail, which is planned for a 2010 rollout, and S2K for Distribution, all of Phantom's financial data is consolidated, enabling the company to centralize information across the entire operation. Using VAI's versatile software, B.J. Alan can effectively locate and move items, eliminate costly delays and make more informed decisions based on accurate and immediate data capabilities."

Michael Koocher, Chief Information Officer, Phantom Fireworks, said, "With over 50 separate retail stores across the United States, some operating on a seasonal timeframe, we required a flexible system with the ability to provide timely inventory and financial data both for our individual store locations and for our company as a whole. VAI helped us meet this challenge head on. S2K 5.0 is exactly what we needed to grow our business and maintain a strong customer following for the months and years ahead."

S2K Enterprise for Retail is point-of-sale software that can transform a retail business into a multi-channel organization. S2K Enterprise for Distribution offers customers numerous solutions to help manage supply chains, enterprise resources and customer relationships efficiently and effectively.

About B.J. Alan

For over 30 years B.J. Alan Company has been proud to be the Nations Leading Distributor of Consumer (1.4G UN0336) Fireworks. Consumers throughout the United States recognize their Exclusive Phantom Brand[R] Fireworks as the most innovative in performance on the market. Phantom Fireworks brings professional display firework performance and converts it to safe, powerful, Consumer Products. The result is the most highly demandable product line in America.

About VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)

VAI is an award-winning software developer and an IBM Premier Business Partner. Designed for the mid-range market, S2K Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software Suite is used by a wide variety of mid-sized companies worldwide, with a number of clients in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, food and related service industries. Advanced applications such as Warehouse Management Systems, EDI, CRM and e-Business provide companies the power to leverage their information technology investment. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, with branch offices in Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Oroville, California. For more information, please contact Diane Dady at 800-824-7776, ext. 236 or visit www.vai.net.

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