Geest and Manhattan Associates Deliver the Goods Faster, Fresher and More Wednesday 5 December 2001 PDF Print Geest achieves 99.97% service levels with Tesco having implemented PkMS London - 4 December 2001 - Geest plc, Europe's leading supplier of fresh prepared food and produce, has teamed up with Manhattan Associates to implement the PkMS warehouse management system at its new centralized distribution centre in Spalding, Lincolnshire. PkMS is now managing the distribution of Geest's salads, soups, sauces, dips, dressings and ready meals to all major multiples throughout the UK and Northern Europe. Since implementing the system, Geest has achieved service levels of 99.97% with Tesco, based on the supermarket retailer's own calculations. Working closely with its customers and the manufacturing operations, Geest reengineered its distribution operations and centralised them in a brand new facility. A manual paper-based environment has been upgraded to a paperless Radio Frequency driven operation, managed with PkMS' advanced task management functions. The overall project, including the design and construction of a state-of-the-art chilled facility, was completed in a mere eight months, from the initial briefing in January 2001 to "go-live" this August. Geest supplies a wide assortment of produce and fresh prepared foods, and is continuously experiencing growth in the volume and variety of goods processed at its Spalding facility. A critical requirement for any of Geest's systems is the ability to manage a tightly controlled short shelf life inventory, where lot and date information must be tracked throughout the supply chain. SmartInfo, part of Manhattan's optimisation offering, is now being rolled out to provide better real-time visibility into the supply chain. Terry Moore, general manager of logistics for Geest, says, "It has been a tough nut installing a new WMS in a brand new DC inside six weeks, but together we have cracked it, and our success puts Geest at the forefront of the supply chain for years to come. Our operation runs around the clock and we rely heavily on Manhattan's immediate response and strong support team." Geest is using Manhattan Associates' PkMS distributed N-Tier and SmartInfo solutions, fully utilising the Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, SQL Server 2000, the Windows2000 IIS v5.0 Web Server, Microsoft's XML Parser and Digital Dash board. The system makes full use of the LXE Radio Frequency equipment, supplied by Manhattan Associates to enable real-time data communications within the operation. Jeff Baum, Manhattan Associates' senior vice president of International, comments, "Geest is great to work with because their distribution team takes strong ownership of the system and they intimately involved their customers in the overall design. Manhattan continues to focus on providing a critical systems link between food producers and retailers through our extended supply chain execution platform." About Geest Geest is one of the leading fresh prepared food and produce companies in the UK, and a PLC whose business focuses entirely on fresh foods, specialising in retailer 'own label'. Geest's extensive portfolio of products are supplied from sites across Europe, including the UK, Belgium, France and Spain, as well as South Africa, employing some 8,000 people. Visit http://www.geest.com to learn more. About Manhattan Associates Manhattan Associates is a global leader in providing an extended supply chain platform and collaborative commerce solutions. These solutions leverage state-of-the-art technologies, innovative practices and the company's domain expertise to enhance performance, profitability and competitive advantage. Manhattan Associates has licensed more than 800 customers representing 1,100 facilities worldwide, which include some of the world's leading manufacturers, suppliers and retailers. For more information about Manhattan Associates visit http://www.manh.com For additional information, please contact: Philippa Field PR Representative Fieldworks Tel: +44/1435.873080 firstname.lastname@example.org Noelle Abarelli Director, International Marketing Manhattan Associates Tel: +44/1344.318070 email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of FieldWorks in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.