04 April 2022
Manchester, UK: 4th
WMS & TouchStar Technologies announce strategic cooperation
Minster WMS, based in Tamworth, England is a software provider to the UK Supply
Chain sector. The company was established in 1978 and offer a complete system for any
business involved with the distribution of products. Currently the
software is used by wholesale distributors, contract warehousing organisations
and local authorities to distribute products as diverse as food, sports
equipment, cosmetics, stationery, cleaning materials, medical equipment, and
The company has
particular expertise in the supply of contract food service distribution systems,
with experience working with high calibre customers such as Marks &
Spencer, Best Food Logistics, Wincanton and Pret-A-Manger. Non-food customers
include Semichem, Claire’s (North America), Hertfordshire County Council and
Bradshaw Group (Singapore and Australia).
The Warehouse Management module is the core
software within the Minister suite and controls all classical aspects of the
warehouse operation, including multi-client processing, receipt of goods, put-away, picking, loading of
vehicles, perpetual inventory etc. The module can be installed as a traditional paper-based
system, RF-driven or full voice enabled mode.
In addition to a modern WMS product offering,
Minster has an ever-evolving suite of fully integrated business modules that
include sales order processing, telesales, procurement, and pallet tracking.
TouchStar Technologies, based in Manchester, England
have been providing ePOD systems to the logistics sector for over 35 years. The
flagship EPOD application is PODStar, which can be integrated with back office,
finance and supply chain planning systems.
The PODStar front-end application is generally deployed on Android
tablets or mobile phones.
At its simplest level the van or HGV driver can obtain
an electronic signature from the client which confirms receipt of the goods or
service delivered. If further evidence is required, the driver can take a
confirmatory photograph or scan a barcode which the PODStar system will
automatically attach to the client record. The proof of delivery information is
immediately transmitted in real time to the back-office system. This allows the
client to produce invoices for completed jobs, thereby maximising cash flow.
Much like Minster, the PODStar software is constantly
evolving and now extends well beyond conventional ePOD to include job planning
and scheduling, route planning, vehicle and driver tracking, vehicle inspection
and driver administration (including COVID checklist routines).
A recent meeting between Phoebus van Deventer, Managing Director, Minster
WMS and Mark Hardy, CEO of TouchStar plc. has led to both
organisations committing to a strategic partnership. Both organisations have achieved significant
success within the food sector but will be working closely together to
consolidate their penetration in other UK logistics markets.
Mark Hardy stated: “Our organisations offer software from
opposite ends of the supply chain process but the combined product offering
will ensure that clients have a ‘one stop’ source for everything from sales
order processing and warehousing through to the last-mile proof of delivery
confirmation. Rigorous formal testing was completed in order to ensure that a
complete level of integration was achieved between the Minster WMS module and our
On completion of the comprehensive testing process we were
delighted to award Minster formal accreditation as ‘Certified Integration
Specialist’ for our PODStar product. We look forward to a long and
mutually-beneficial relationship with a highly reputable WMS vendor.”