Big Lots Taps G-Log for Logistics Initiatives

Closeout retailer implementing single system to gain visibility, optimize shipments

Shelton, CT September 11, 2003 Closeout retailer Big Lots has selected the G-Log Global Command and Control Center (GC3) software to manage all of its transportation needs in a bid to gain better visibility and improved operational efficiencies.

Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots operates more than 1,350 retail stores serving 46 states. The company has annual revenues exceeding $3.8 billion.

Four regional distribution centers throughout the country, ranging in size from 1 million to 3 million square feet, provide the company's stores with products from more than 3,000 manufacturers.

Big Lots will use the G-Log solution to manage its inbound, outbound, domestic and international shipments in a single system, providing visibility into all movements from the container level to the stock-keeping unit (SKU) level within its extended global supply chain. Big Lots will implement the solution in less than 100 days and utilize the GC3 batch balance functionality to integrate the G-Log software with its existing warehouse management solution.

By deploying the GC3 software, Big Lots will standardize logistics operations with its suppliers and vendors in one collaborative solution. Once implemented, Big Lots anticipates a return on investment (ROI) in less than a year.

"After an exhaustive search, we selected G-Log as having the total functionality to support our supply chain strategic initiatives," said Marion Zingaro, vice president for transportation services at Big Lots. "GC3 will provide us with advanced planning capabilities, end -to-end shipment visibility from the time a purchase order is written to store delivery, and information management for enhanced logistics efficiency."

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