Schwan's Selects Intermec Handheld Computers and Mobile Printers for Nationwide Route Sales

Rugged equipment designed for tough environments features widest range of wireless technology options

CHICAGO, IL, Sept. 24, 2002 -- In an ongoing drive to enhance customer service, Schwan's Sales Enterprises Inc. of Marshall, Minn., a leading international distributor of fine frozen foods, has selected Intermec Technologies Corp. to provide mobile computers and portable printers.

This technology upgrade will enhance Schwan's Home Service route manager's ability to service millions of customers across the U.S. Schwan's delivery personnel will use wireless Intermec(R) 720 mobile computers and 781T portable printers to access customer data, record orders and provide customer receipts. Schwan's operates the world's largest privately owned truck fleet. Its route sales drivers log enough miles to circle the world 25 times each day.

"I've been very pleased with the support and responsiveness we've received from Intermec and knew they would keep us on the leading edge of technology," said Ron Ruud, vice president of operations, home service east.

The recently introduced Intermec 720 industrial mobile computer is a highly rugged, wireless handheld device built to withstand the harsh elements and temperature extremes Schwan's drivers endure. "Every day our route managers are out there in the hottest, wettest and coldest weather there is in the United States," Ruud said.

With the Bluetooth(TM)(a) wirelessly-enabled Intermec 781T portable printer, Schwan's route reps can print receipts on the spot, without having to run back to the truck. The 781T can be clipped to a belt, and offers downloadable fonts, serial RS-232, and 4MB of programmable flash memory for added performance and flexibility.

"We're proud that a leader like Schwan's, which is so experienced and knowledgeable about mobile computers, has selected Intermec," said Intermec Executive Vice President Tom Miller. "Schwan's knows the value of keeping customers satisfied, and our next generation mobile computing and wireless printing solutions are a vital part of that strategy."

About the 700 Series

The Intermec 700 Series of handheld computers provides the flexibility to choose among many widely available software applications and development tools. With its rugged design, Intermec has provided real-time mobility in a reliable and easy-to-use handheld computer that can take the abuse of industrial, mobile and retail environments.

The 700 Series includes broad support for wireless communications, wide area networking, and Ethernet connectivity. Designed from the ground up for use in harsh environments, the 700 Series withstands multiple 5-ft. (1.5 m) drops to concrete and is sealed against rain and dust to IP64 standards. An IrDA port and optional external modem provide further options for data transfer and its touch screen, alphanumeric keypad and integrated linear or PDF417 bar code scanner options provide flexible data input and electronic signature capture capability.

About Intermec

Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, has been named Microsoft's OEM Embedded Partner of the Year. Intermec is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, Intellitag(R) RFID (radio frequency identification) and mobile computing systems. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service.

To learn more about how companies can benefit from Intermec's supply chain technologies, contact Intermec Technologies Corp., 6001 36th Ave. West, Everett, WA 98203-9280 USA; telephone 800-347-2636; or visit Intermec's web site at To learn more about UNOVA, visit

About Schwan's

Schwan's Sales Enterprises is a privately held manufacturer and marketer of fine frozen foods through home service, retail grocery and foodservice channels. Headquartered in Marshall, MN, Schwan's operates production and distributed facilities across the United States and in Europe. The 23,000 people of Schwan's are celebrating the corporation's 50th anniversary during 2002. Visit Schwan's on the Web at

      (a) Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., USA


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