Kwik Trip Stops at RJS for Doc Management
September 19, 2013 Alex Woodie
Kwik Trip, a chain of 350 convenience stores in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, replaced a Windows-based document management system with an IBM i-based system from RJS Software Systems, the software company recently announced.
Kwik Trip operates a string of convenience stores across the Upper Midwest under the names Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Hearty Platter, and Tobacco Outlet Plus. If you’ve ever traveled through this part of the country, you’ve probably run into one of Kwik Trip’s stores.
Like many mid-size companies, Kwik Trip relied on a diverse range of systems in its IT department, according to a 2008 case study posted to the RJS website.
At the heart of Kwik Trip’s IT department was an iSeries Model 810 that was used to run core applications, and surrounding the iSeries were a range of ancillary systems, including a Windows-based scanning solution that wasn’t pulling its weight.
The company looked for ways to ways to improve its handling of documents and a way to keep up with the demands of the company’s accounting department, which relied on the system to track credit card receipts, invoices, and other accounting documents. The company considered upgrading its existing Windows-based system. And because the company already had an iSeries system, it considered one that runs on that platform, too.
Kwik trip eventually selected WebDocs–iSeries Edition, a native document management system that uses the IFS to store documents. The company hooked WebDocs–iSeries Edition up to a color, duplex flatbed scanner from Fujitsu. Equipped with a 100-page-per-minute document feeder, the system delivers a big boost in document scanning throughput compared to the previous solution, RJS says.
And because other key applications were running on the iSeries, it was a simple matter to direct spool file output documents from those applications directly into the WebDocs–iSeries Edition software, thereby improving document access and simplifying workflows.
Editor’s note: Kwik Trip has since stopped using WebDocs–iSeries Edition, although it continues to use other RJS products.