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London, 30 January 2002 Selfridges, a leading UK department store retailer, recently experienced a successful warehouse management system “go live” at their new, 160,000 sq ft state-of-the-art national distribution centre (DC) at Hams Hall in the Midlands. The implementation was a joint project between Exel, one of the world leaders in supply chain management and Manhattan Associates, a global leader in supply chain execution and collaborative commerce solutions.

The new DC built by Exel will supply goods to Selfridges stores in London and Manchester. Manhattan Associates solutions, specifically the PkMS warehouse management system and the SmartInfo business intelligence tool, will provide the core fulfilment infrastructure within Exel’s total logistics solution. PkMS will enable Selfridges to process and manage its extensive product mix to increase product availability. SmartInfo will provide graphical representations of historical trends and current activities within the DC. Manhattan’s WorkInfo is also being considered to monitor warehouse productivity.

According to Exel Business Development Manager, Gerard Jones, “Exel chose Manhattan Associates as its partner in this initiative because of the company’s extensive retail expertise and experience as well as for PkMS’ ability to interface with Selfridges’ merchandise management system from Retek. The combined use of these two solutions will allow a smooth flow of goods to meet demand from both stores and customers quickly and accurately.”

Jeff Baum, Senior Vice President of International Operations for Manhattan Associates commented “PkMS in conjunction with the Optimize Suite of products will provide Selfridges complete visibility into its supply chain thus enabling the company to provide superior customer service by rapidly moving merchandise to its stores and their customers. We look forward to working with Exel in order to service Selfridges exciting and diverse customer base.”

Manhattan Associates’ extensive implementation experience in the retail fashion industry represents over 30 percent of the company’s 1,100 installations worldwide.

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Noelle Abarelli
International Marketing Director
Manhattan Associates
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About Exel

Exel is a global leader in supply chain management, providing customer focused solutions to a wide range of manufacturing and retail industries. Exel’s comprehensive range of innovative logistics solutions encompasses the complete supply chain from design and consulting through freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution services to integrated information management and e-commerce support. Exel, a UK listed company with a turnover of over £4.3 billion (US billion), employs more than 55,000 people in 1,300 locations in over 120 countries worldwide. Exel’s customers include over two-thirds of the world’s largest non-financial companies.

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About Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates is a global leader in providing supply chain execution 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.

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