Sign of the Times

Plasti-Line selects SRM software

Bedford, MA  February 15, 2002  Plasti-Line Inc. stepped up to the supply chain management plate this week when it selected SupplyWorks MAX from SupplyWorks Inc., a supplier relationship management (SRM) software provider for discrete manufacturers.

Knokville, Tenn.-based Plasti-Line, the country's largest manufacturer of signage and retail identity solutions, will use SupplyWorks MAX for its production buyers and planners to coordinate purchases and inventory across multiple locations to maximize direct materials usage and further improve cycle times and internal scheduling accuracy. The company expects that procurement time will be freed up from routine order processing and other clerical tasks to focus on higher-value-added activities aimed at win/win improvements in working with suppliers.

In addition, SupplyWorks MAX will manage the procurement of direct materials for all Plasti-Line manufacturing facilities. The software, which will be integrated with Plasti-Line's existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, will be used to generate, manage, and track purchase orders and incoming shipments, automate inventory visibility and replenishment, and comprehensively manage supplier relationships.

We selected SupplyWorks MAX because of its comprehensive SRM functionality and excellent user interface, and because of our confidence in SupplyWorks ability to deliver a fast return on our investment, said Nathan Bretscher, Plasti-Line's director of process improvement. As Plasti-Line grows, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our business and reduce costs.

Jeff Herrmann, president and CEO of SupplyWorks, said, The unrelenting economic climate in 2002 has continued to focus attention on affordable supply chain solutions that help manufacturers cut costs and provide a rapid [return on investment]. We look forward to working with Plasti-Line to improve operations and the bottom line through more efficient direct materials procurement and state-of-the-art management of supplier performance.

Plasti-Line's customers include McDonalds Corp., for whom they manufacture the famous Golden Arches, as well as Toyota, Honda, Ford, General Motors, BP-Amoco, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and CVS/pharmacy.