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Case Study: American Hotel Register Company

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American Hotel Register Company

As any frequent traveler knows, having a comfortable room at the end of a busy day can make a huge difference in the success and enjoyment of a trip. Making sure that happens is the role of American Hotel Register Company. This 112-yearold company started as a print shop producing hotel registry books. Today it has expanded into a distributor that provides hotels with everything they need for successful hospitality. That includes beds and other furnishings, sheets, appliances, and housekeeping supplies—even the little mint that goes on the pillow. American Hotel Register operates 11 distribution centers within North America for supplying these goods to major hotel chains, as well as colleges and hospitals. Learn more at americanhotel.com.


About five years ago, American Hotel Register had a need to change its shipping operations. Needless to say, when you ship everything from bellhop carts to bars of soap, there is a wide range of product sizes to handle and a variety of carriers needed for their transport, including parcel and less than-truckload.

"Logistyx took the standard offering ConnectShip and modified it for our use. We are now able to manifest every type of shipment with all of our carriers. We can list multiple bills of lading on one manifest, and we have better tracking of our outbound shipments."

American Hotel Register
Regional Distribution Center Manager
Chicago Distribution Center


American Hotel Register contacted UPS, who put them in touch with ADSI (now Logistyx Technologies), an integrator, designer, software developer and value added reseller of supply chain systems. Logistyx designed a shipping and manifest system that utilizes the ConnectShip solution, coupled with Motorola scanners and Zebra printers located at packing and manifest stations.


The automated and configurable shipping solution provides routing, carrier compliance, labeling and full documentation on all of its shipments. The solution was quickly adopted at all 11 American Hotel Register distribution facilities.

This solution, in conjunction with a wireless system within its distribution centers implemented by Logistyx, has created huge improvements in overall performance and visibility. Facilities have now been able to accommodate the increasing volumes that have resulted from steady double-digit annual growth without needing to add personnel. The systems have also allowed them to track individual worker performance, improving productivity and accuracy.

"We know when the work is done and the status of the work at the end of the day. It is much easier to control now. It has allowed us overall to streamline our business. Logistyx has been instrumental in helping us achieve our goals."

American Hotel Register
Regional Distribution Center Manager
Chicago Distribution Center

The throughput of its receipts at each facility, measured from the time products hit the docks until they are available for sale (dock to stock), is now 45 percent faster. In addition, inventory accuracy is 30 percent better across the board, and picking accuracy has increased from 99.5 percent to 99.74 percent, with a reduction in errors of 50 percent. The improved accuracy alone has accounted for $1.1 million in annual savings.

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