J.J. Taylor Taps Into Supply Chain Optimization With Manhattan ILS(TM)

Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH) today announced that beer and wine distributor J.J. Taylor has selected Manhattan ILS�: Integrated Logistics Solutions, built on Microsoft®. NET to optimize its distribution network.

ATLANTA (February 17, 2009) –

Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH) today announced that beer and wine distributor J.J. Taylor has selected Manhattan ILS(TM): Integrated Logistics Solutions, built on Microsoft®. NET to optimize its distribution network. In addition, J.J. Taylor selected the Manhattan Supply Chain Intelligence (SCI) application to provide at-a-glance insight into its supply chain performance. The solutions will be installed by working with Manhattan implementation partner Blue Horseshoe in multiple J. J. Taylor distribution centers located throughout Florida and Minnesota.

“We chose to partner with Manhattan and Blue Horseshoe to support our market growth as well as the onset of rapid SKU proliferation,” said Bruce Whitely, chief information officer, J. J. Taylor. “Manhattan’s proven track record combined with Blue Horseshoe’s experience and commitment to our industry made them the clear choice for J. J. Taylor as we continue to optimize our entire supply chain.”

The Manhattan ILS platform uses sophisticated optimization techniques to improve the flow of goods throughout supply chains, enabling companies to tie together processes, data and workflows to increase order accuracy, improve deliveries and gain total visibility into inventory. The solution is optimized for the Microsoft platform, and uses the complete Microsoft. NET Framework to provide a familiar, easy-to-use experience across all modules.

Manhattan SCI enables complete, consistent and integrated business intelligence for companies by providing at-a-glance insight into supply chain performance. With easy-to-read, customizable reports presenting powerful analytics, companies can monitor the performance of key elements of their supply chain network from one intuitive workbench.

“The robust and flexible nature of Manhattan ILS is crucial for J.J. Taylor as distribution processes and inventory accuracy become more and more important to support their continued growth,” said Jeff Mitchell, executive vice president, Americas operations, Manhattan Associates. “Manhattan’s work with leaders in the food and beverage industries has helped us craft capabilities very well-suited to beer distributors like J.J. Taylor, who must consider the born-on dating brand promises of vendor partners and get products to shelves as efficiently as possible.”
About J.J. Taylor

J. J. Taylor Companies, Inc. was founded in 1958 by John J. “Joe” Taylor. Originally a Knickerbocker Beer distributor servicing the greater Brockton area of Massachusetts, Joe Taylor brought 20 years experience with Jacob Ruppert Brewing Co., of New York. In 1973, Joe Taylor acquired Sterling Beverage of Fall River, MA., an adjoining Knickerbocker distributor that also had the Miller Brewing Company franchise.

In addition to Miller and Coors brands the Company sells a mix of imports and micro-brewery brands. Through the years the company has grown both internally and through operations under the leadership of Joe’s son, John J. Taylor, III. Today with acquisitions in Minnesota and Florida the company is one of the top five distributorships in the United States. For more information, visit www.jjtaylor.com.
About Manhattan Associates, Inc.

Manhattan Associates® continues to deliver on its 18-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(TM), 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 ILS(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.
About Blue Horseshoe

Blue Horseshoe is a grass roots consulting firm that is a Manhattan Associates as well as Microsoft Partner specializing in sales, support, implementation, and upgrade services of their Warehouse Management and Dynamics ERP solutions respectively. Blue Horseshoe Solutions was founded in 2001 and is based in Carmel, Indiana and works closely with customers nationwide. Manhattan Associates ILS.net product is a world class Warehouse Management System (WMS), which integrates and runs seamlessly with Dynamics AX and other ERP solutions. Blue Horseshoe stands behind the philosophy of providing practical solutions to improve current process to attain efficient, effective, competitive and profitable results. Simply put — Blue Horseshoe will stop at nothing to ensure a project’s success. For more information, please visit www.bhsolutions.com or contact Josh Holmes (jholmes@bhsolutions.com) at 317-573-2640.

Source: Manhattan Associates