Mervyns Selects AL Systems for Multiple Supply Chain Upgrades

Department store chain looks to increase distribution centers productivity, enable DCs to handle increased volumes

Department store chain looks to increase distribution centers productivity, enable DCs to handle increased volumes

Rockaway, NJ — December 19, 2005 — Department store chain Mervyns has selected AL Systems to perform upgrades to supply chain order fulfillment solutions in its primary distribution centers in Fremont and Ontario, Calif.

As part of the upgrade, AL Systems will provide Mervyns with the latest version of its DynaPack paperless picking and packing solution as well as software and services to interface with a new warehouse management system provided by Manhattan Associates.

AL Systems installed Mervyns' current picking and packing solution in 1999. Mervyns is upgrading to enable the two distribution centers to handle increased volume, improve productivity and leverage the benefits of AL's state-of-the-art supply chain order fulfillment solutions, including browser-based interfaces, self-diagnostics tools and a robust suite of reporting functionality.

"Mervyns chose AL Systems because they know we understand their operations and have extensive knowledge of their existing material handling systems, in addition to experience working with Manhattan Associates," said Ray Haggar, the AL Systems vice president overseeing the project.

"Technology investments to increase supply chain productivity are an important part of our strategy to improve the overall value that customers expect from Mervyns," said Kurt Streitz, Mervyns' senior vice president and chief information officer. "We selected AL Systems as part of this mission critical upgrade for their market reputation and based on their track record of meeting our existing supply chain order fulfillment solution needs."

AL Systems said that DynaPack is a light and voice-directed picking and putting solution that enables retailers to "pick and put" merchandise to store orders productively and accurately, decreasing labor costs and reducing inventory, real estate and markdowns.

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