Longview Fibre Selects Catalog Solution

Manufacturer unifies plant MRO data, increases visibility into supply chain and plant operations

Westminster, CO — April 9, 2003 — Continuing an effort to drive optimization of its supply chain assets and reduce costs, Longview Fibre, a manufacturer of paper packaging products, has selected an enterprise catalog management solution from Requisite Technology Inc. for its nationwide operations.

Longview Fibre's strategy, according to the manufacturer, is to build a consolidated, unified catalog comprised of normalized data accessible across the company, deriving greater returns from a corporate-wide enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation from J.D. Edwards. Integrating 16 separate parts databases into a single ERP item master is the company's biggest challenge, however. Once achieved, the company said improved visibility into its plant maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) data will allow executive management to better analyze spend across the company — a primary factor which initially led to the ERP implementation.

With up to 125,000 items from plant systems in the United States, Longview Fibre plans to roll out the full suite of Requisite's catalog management tools and services to its 17 plants. Requisite's Content Workstation and eMerge Content Management System will be used for bulk data loading and ongoing data management. The company also plans to utilize Requisite's content services for the initial cleansing and loading of up to 70,000 items.

"During the course of our system-wide J.D. Edwards implementation, it became clear to us that data consolidation and rationalization would be a big part of the project," said Meri Beth Senn, information systems manager at Longview. "Our supply chain optimization and financial reporting is a company-wide project. A consolidated catalog will enable our attaining maximum value from the ERP implementation."

Longview Fibre selected Requisite after considering a number of content "point solutions" and applications. The company plans to launch the Requisite suite in early summer.

Bob King, chairman and CEO at Requisite, said, "In order to maintain its leadership, Longview has been very proactive in addressing the data at the core of its operations and management. Using the Requisite solution, we're confident that Longview will develop a catalog that serves their corporate strategy."