Radley Corporation has been delivering manufacturing solutions since 1974. From our roots, as a contract programming services provider, we grew into a reseller of accounting and manufacturing software solutions on midrange hardware platforms.
In the early 1980s, as the Big Three began implementing EDI with their suppliers, our founders, Dave Ley and Roland Radinski realized that the automotive suppliers we were serving throughout the Great Lakes region needed an EDI solution of their own, so they could receive and process customer schedules electronically. However, at that time, there were no EDI solution providers available to partner with. It was decided that Radley Corporation would develop an EDI solution for our clients and business prospects. The product of that development was CARaS, Radley Corporation's Computerized Automotive Release accounting System.
Radley Corporation's vision for EDI in the automotive suppliers business was different. Since approximately 70% of all the data on paper business documents was redundant, it made sense to integrate the EDI system with the business system. Radley's approach to integrated EDI was actually ahead of its time. Most suppliers bought stand-alone PC solutions and continued to re-key Production Schedule, Invoice, and Advance Ship Notice data into their business applications. Meanwhile, Radley's CARaS users realized the benefits of letting the computer do the work for them. This allowed their employees to focus on other ways to better serve their customers.
As the demand for EDI continued to grow throughout the 80s, automotive suppliers were receiving larger volumes of electronic production data. The manpower required to process the electronic data became tremendous. Other manufacturing software providers soon found that integrating CARaS with their systems was necessary to deliver the productivity that automotive suppliers demanded. This trend caused multiple vendors to develop and begin delivering fully functional systems.
The economic forces of the late 80s and early 90s drove virtually every business to focus on what it did best. During this time period, Radley Corporation evolved from a mandating software reseller to an automotive release accounting and EDI specialist. We also developed RADLEY-EDI , an X12 communication, translation, and mapping solution. When the use of bar code shipping labels became a requirement in the automotive supply chain, we developed a software product to produce shipment labels from the manufacturing and EDI databases, rather than having a user key shipment data into standalone PC-based label systems. We combined our many years of integration expertise, and our knowledge of shipment labeling and data collection, into the development of integrated bar code data collection solutions for many ERP partners. The addition of data collection, for both EDI and shop floor functions, gave Radley Corporation a related family of manufacturing products, both in and out of the automotive industry.