Associated Grocers of Florida Stocks up on Supply Chain Improvements

Distributor deploys Logility solutions to accelerate inventory, improve customer service and increase productivity

Distributor deploys Logility solutions to accelerate inventory, improve customer service and increase productivity

Atlanta — March 8, 2006 — Grocery distributor Associated Grocers of Florida has implemented a supply chain solution from Logility as part of an initiative to reduce inventory, improve forecast accuracy and increase productivity and customer service, the solution provider has announced.

Associated Grocers is a privately held wholesale distributor of dry, meat, frozen and dairy food products with 1,300,000 square feet of distribution space across three distribution centers in Florida. Founded in 1945, the company offers a line of more than 30,000 food products.

The company selected Logility Voyager Solutions as part of an effort to become more demand-driven, reduce inventory costs and improve forecasting after experiencing significant revenue growth due to an acquisition, increased market share and global expansion.

Becoming More Demand-driven

"Logility Voyager Solutions has proven to be a great product and fit for our business," said Chuck Palazzo, vice president of information technology at Associated Grocers. "We have become more demand-driven and are experiencing tremendous results across our entire business. With Logility, our buyers can make educated decisions and review recommended buys, based on hard facts, historical data and a forward view of the business."

Since implementing Logility Voyager Solutions, Associated Grocers has reduced inventory and slashed obsolescence, all while improving customer service. Forecast accuracy has improved as well as demand visibility which ensures that the right products are available at the point of customer demand, Logility has reported.

"Becoming more demand-driven is the key to reducing inventory costs and improving productivity," said Mike Edenfield, president and CEO of Logility. "Logility has helped Associated Grocers of Florida reap the benefits of gaining more visibility into specific market and customer demand and look forward to continue providing the supply chain management infrastructure that helps support their growing distribution-centric business."

Associated Grocers of Florida will be presenting "Planning for Hurricane Disasters" at Logility's "Connections 2006: Your Ticket to Supply Chain Success" conference in Nashville on March 16. Palazzo also will be speaking on an executive panel moderated by Edenfield on March 16. More information on the conference is available at the Logility Web site.

Logility's other customers include Bissell, Brown Shoe Company, McCain Foods, Rand McNally and VF Corporation.

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