Strategic Supply Chain Initiative at L.L. Bean

Retailer taps Manugistics for project to improve planning, execution through better collaboration with suppliers

Rockville, MD — November 5, 2003 — L.L. Bean has selected Manugistics solutions to power a strategic initiative to optimize the company's supply chain, according to an announcement from the solution provider.

Using Manugistics solutions, the multi-channel retailer is aiming to enhance collaboration with top suppliers, lowering operational costs while boosting performance and customer service.

To ensure top performance across expanding operations, L.L. Bean set out to implement state-of-the-art capabilities for supply chain planning and execution. After a competitive review process, L.L. Bean selected Manugistics for the strategic initiative.

With the Manugistics solutions, L.L. Bean will be looking to fuel continued growth across its retail channels, collaborating with top suppliers to achieve end-to-end visibility to track purchase orders. Through this initiative, L.L. Bean is seeking to increase inventory turns and reduce stock-outs, lowering their overall inventory costs while increasing customer service levels.

"Manugistics demonstrated a critical ability to support our strategic buying and replenishment strategies," commented Mike Kasabian, a senior manager at L.L. Bean.