Target Tries Online Logistics

Web-based application automates ready-to-ship process between retailer, suppliers

Downers Grove, IL  September 5, 2002  Big box retailer Target Corp. has implemented a private online logistics community in a bid to streamline interactions with its suppliers and gain greater visibility into its supply chain.

The retailer, which operates more than 1,400 Target, Marshall Field's and Mervyn's stores, is using NTE's View solution as its Web-based transportation application.

The solution enables Target's supply chain partners to submit ready-to-ship information electronically, with the goal of allowing more timely, informed business decisions to ultimately help the retailer maximize its supply chain efficiencies and performance.

NTE is counting on the system to provide purchase order and shipment status visibility.

"NTE is helping us better manage our logistics function, streamline interactions with our vendors and produce significant savings," said Steve Carter, director of domestic transportation operations for Target. "But the greater value comes in the form of enhanced visibility and control of our supply chain."

"Target is clearly demonstrating that companies can dramatically improve their supply chain operations with an Internet-based, technology-driven transportation solution," said Jim Davidson, NTE's president and CEO. "The opportunity to use information strategically to make improved transportation decisions, coupled with the ability to slash costs, is a powerful combination to gain a competitive edge."