Kawasaki Gears Up for On-demand Supply Chain Management

Upgraded software from Mitrix Inc. to improve dealer commitments, synchronize Kawasaki's distribution network

Upgraded software from Mitrix Inc. to improve dealer commitments, synchronize Kawasaki's distribution network

Irvine, CA — November 22, 2005 — Mitrix Inc., an on-demand supply chain management (SCM) solutions provider, today announced the release of its latest supply chain management solution, SCM Live 3.1, and its first customer agreement with Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (Kawasaki).

Kawasaki markets and sells at wholesale Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and power products through a network of more than 1,500 independent retailers, with an additional 8,400 retailers specializing in power products and general purpose engines.

Mitrix is providing Kawasaki with the updated solution, an Internet-based supply chain management and execution platform, which will synchronize its entire North American distribution network to enable real-time updates and instant synchronization of its production facilities, network warehouses and Kawasaki dealers.

With this system, Kawasaki will have visibility into the pulse of its supply chain, allowing us to commit to our dealers with more certainty, said Barry Beehler, vice president Planning & Marketing for Kawasaki. Mitrix's new solution will help us establish a trading community in which our high volumes of supply and demand — executed on a daily basis — are automatically synchronized at each warehouse, dramatically improving our on-time delivery to dealers.

Kawasaki said that because its products are in high demand, the company's dealers and customers need accurate delivery projections. With the SCM Live 3.1 solution, Kawasaki dealers will know more precisely when to expect deliveries, which translates to better communication and service levels to their customers.

Kawasaki required a system that can monitor inventory levels across the entire supply chain, make production and distribution recommendations, and execute orders, said Edward Lewis, president and CEO of Mitrix. By automating Kawasaki's evaluation and execution process we have eliminated most of the manual effort previously required. The company will manage inbound supplier shipments, transfer product to the appropriate distribution centers, and communicate with related trading partner systems.

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