Federated Shops Around

Department store chain selects logistics management solution for supply chain operations

Department store chain selects logistics management solution for supply chain operations

Rockville, MD — July 23, 2003 — Manugistics Group Inc., a provider of supply and demand chain management solutions, today announced that Federated Department Stores Inc. will implement Manugistics' solutions to optimize inbound transportation and freight movements between its suppliers and distribution centers.

Federated oversees a national logistics network that has expanded with the company to keep its popular stores stocked. Federated operates 456 stores, including Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Rich's-Macy's/Lazarus/Goldsmith's, Burdines and The Bon Marche. The company also operates Macys.com, Bloomingdale's By Mail and a network of online bridal registries operated in conjunction with WeddingChannel.com.

To ensure that the right products reach the right stores on time, Federated said it developed comprehensive business processes to manage logistics operations. In order to drive further value within the area of transportation, Federated undertook a return on investment analysis to prove the value of utilizing supply chain solutions to automate and optimize these complex operations. Based on this comprehensive review process, Federated selected Manugistics' Global Logistics Management Solutions.

"After an evaluation of vendors, Manugistics proved to be the systems solution for Federated," said Peter Longo, Federated Logistics president. "Manugistics partnered with IBM Consulting Services to meet our complex requirements and helped us capitalize on the value that supply chain optimization provides."

"Manugistics is pleased to collaborate with Federated on this initiative," said Greg Owens, Manugistics chairman and CEO. "Forward-looking clients such as Federated are designing the future of retail, and we are proud to be working with them to provide the solutions they need to continually build competitive advantage."