Exel Wins Sun Business

3PL expands offering to include warehouse and transportation management services

Dallas Ñ March 5, 2003 Ñ Sun Microsystems this week awarded a multi-million dollar contract to third-party logistics specialist Exel to provide additional supply chain services to the technology giant.

Under the new agreement, Exel will extend its current service offerings for Sun to include warehouse and transportation management services.

Todd Starbuck, Exel's global customer director for Sun, said the companies have collaborated to create a solution supporting Sun's new distribution model. "Together, we developed several cost saving initiatives and productivity improvements for the primary distribution center and remote distribution sites," Starbuck said.

Exel contributed a tailored solution developed to support Sun's customized warehouse management system needs. This will transition Sun's existing system into a new system to support a more complex supply chain model through direct factory shipments from their suppliers and third party manufacturing locations.

The new service offering for Sun will add to the current services provided by Exel. The current Sun-Exel integrated operation in Fremont, Calif., employs more than 220 staff members in the areas of finance, information technology, engineering, quality, transportation, human resources and operations.

"Sun is in the business of manufacturing and delivering quality products to our customers throughout the world," said Sonia Syngal, director of America's customer fulfillment at Sun. "We chose to work with Exel so they could focus on what they do best and we could concentrate on our core competencies."