Catering Engros Drives Supply Chain Cost Savings, Delivers Sustainability Benefits With Manhattan Associates

Danish food distributor makes annual cost savings of DKK1.7 Million through improved stock control and fewer truck journeys

COPENHAGEN and ATLANTA (December 02, 2009) –

Global supply chain optimisation provider, Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH), today announced that Catering Engros, the Danish food distributor, has made annual cost savings of DKK1.7 Million (US$345,000) through improved stock control, fewer truck journeys and a 30 percent productivity improvement in the warehouse following its phased roll-out of Manhattan SCALE(TM): Supply Chain Architected for Logistics Execution.

Catering Engros had identified it needed a new warehouse management system to handle the growth it was experiencing which had already resulted in the company expanding the size of each of its distribution centres (DCs) by 20 percent. The legacy paper-based system was causing picking errors and reporting inaccurate data regarding stock volumes and location.

Manhattan SCALE has been implemented at DCs in Copenhagen and Middelfart, Denmark, each of which has a capacity of 120,000 sq ft. Both distribution centres are now fully automated and Manhattan’s software is fully integrated with Catering Engros’ legacy ERP system and Vocollect voice technology.

“We have been able to reduce waste significantly as we have a more stringent stock rotation process in place,” said Mr. Niels Habekost, chief financial officer of Catering Engros. “The food with the shortest use-by date can easily be located and despatched first. Manhattan SCALE has had a further positive impact on our sustainability efforts. By eliminating the need to send replacement shipments to rectify picking errors, we have reduced our mileage by the equivalent of two vehicles on the road every day.”

“Catering Engros is reaping impressive rewards following its switch to a technology-driven system,” said Jan-Paul Boos, senior director at Manhattan Associates. “It is not just a simple case of improved traceability of stock, but also having a better understanding of the tasks that staff members are performing. It is important for any business to be able to optimise its labour and redirect resource to areas that are experiencing spikes in activity levels.”

To support existing customers and to facilitate future growth in Denmark, Manhattan has partnered with Integrate Warehouse Management A/S (IWM), a company that specialises in the design and deployment of advanced logistics solutions. Manhattan Associates and IWM are combining to sell Manhattan’s solutions in Denmark as well as provide consulting, implementation and solution support services to customers in the Danish marketplace.

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About Catering Engros

For more information, visit www.cateringengros.dk.
About Manhattan Associates, Inc.

Manhattan Associates┬« continues to deliver on its 19-year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimization core to their strategic market leadership. The company’s supply chain innovations include: Manhattan SCOPE┬«, a portfolio of software solutions and technology that leverages a Supply Chain Process Platform to help organizations optimise their supply chains from planning through execution; Manhattan SCALE(TM), a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft┬« .NET technology; and Manhattan Carrier(TM), a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.

Source: Manhattan Associates

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