Uni-leveraging Supply Chain Visibility

Unilever teams with McHugh to create glass pipeline

Waukesha, WI  April 30, 2001  McHugh Software announced today that consumer products colossus Unilever has signed an agreement to adopt key components of McHugh's DigitaLogistix product line to improve its supply chain visibility, reduce operating costs and support development of a "glass pipeline" for inventory management.

Under the agreement, Unilever will deploy McHugh's applications for execution-based supply chain management, including LENS for supply chain visibility; Logistix Commander to enable centralized quality assurance control; Digital Supplier, a Web application for collaborating with Unilever's co-packer operations; and Logistix Datawarehouse to manage complete shipment histories and analytics. The products will be integrated with McHugh's warehouse management applications that are currently installed throughout Unilever's distribution network to enable integrated enterprise supply chain management.

"Unilever's goal is to achieve competitive advantage through supply chainmanagement excellence," said Gene Goodmaster, vice president of information technology for Unilever's Home and Personal Care Division. "McHugh's new Web-based supply chain visibility and collaboration applications will be essential tools in helping us continue to reach that objective."

In making the announcement, Dan Gilmore, vice president of marketing for McHugh, said, "Companies are increasingly recognizing at a corporate level the role of high performance execution-based supply chain management in unlocking value and providing customer differentiation."

Unilever is one of the world's largest consumer products companies with annual sales of approximately $46 billion in 2000. It produces a range of foods and home and personal care products, operating in 88 countries around the globe and employing approximately 300,000 people globally.

In the United States, Unilever sales were approximately $11 billion in 2000. It employs some 28,000 people and has 104 offices and manufacturing sites in 27 states.

McHugh Software International is based in Waukesha, WI.