RedPrairie WMS integrates Build-To-Order features in new release : Current warehouse management system (WMS) version supports in-line sequencing and work order processing for seamless production and logistics

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RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, has begun integrating its own Build-To-Order product’s in-line sequencing, as well as work order processing capabilities into its Warehouse Management System (WMS). The new updates will aid in supporting production line requirements – improving efficiency and accuracy for build-to-order manufacturers. These and other enhancements within the current release of RedPrairie’s Supply Chain Execution suite integrate work orders, production information and process flows from raw materials receipt through distribution, improving efficiency and accuracy.

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Manufacturers view this as one multi-step process which they want to support with a single integrated approach. Through this new WMS release, manufacturers for the first time have an integrated solution across these domains.

The new WMS additions will allow several work orders to be allocated, scheduled and system-directed across multiple work stations. Labor standards, so successful in improving distribution workforce performance, have also been extended to the production line. These warehouse management system (WMS) enhancements will improve the efficiency, control and visibility of production work order processing.

"For manufacturers, supply chain management starts with the raw materials and components they receive from suppliers and continues all the way to the customer, sometimes extending to vendor-managed inventory at the customer site," comments Tom Kozenski, RedPrairie vice president product strategy. "Manufacturers view this as one multi-step process which they want to support with a single integrated approach. Through this new WMS release, manufacturers for the first time have an integrated solution across these domains."

RedPrairie's Build-To-Order solution, in conjunction with the WMS, provides in-sequence parts and component delivery to production lines, error proofing and traceability, shop floor integration with material handling equipment, and outbound delivery sequencing. This bolsters warehouse management, reduces lead times and inventory costs, improves on-time delivery, and enhances lean manufacturing efforts.

The new WMS release also adds to the WMS's vendor-managed inventory capabilities, improving visibility and control over inventory hand-off from supplier to customer. The new updates include support for the roll third party logistics providers often play in the process, tracking supplier information down to the item level, offering time-appropriate ownership transfer, and rules-based allocation algorithms by supplier.

Steve Banker, Service Director for Supply Chain Management at ARC Advisory Group, says, "We have seen the line between production and distribution operations blur over the past few years. What I find interesting about this release is that there is functionality typically found in a Production Management system, such as in-line sequencing, that can absolutely improve certain types of warehouse operations. Other functionality, such as Labor Management based on engineered standards, has far more typically been used in warehouse operations. But these functions can absolutely improve certain types of production operations. I applaud the cross fertilization, and the blurring of lines between Production and Warehouse Management systems."

The new release of RedPrairie's E2e™ Supply Chain Execution suite and WMS is now available in general release.

About RedPrairie Corporation

RedPrairie is a world leading consumer driven optimization company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 15 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 32,000 sites worldwide for many of the world's largest companies.

RedPrairie's E2e™ solutions synchronize people and products throughout the customer buying cycle to ensure goods reach the right place at the right time. At the point of sale, this means consumers have access to desired products and that the store is staffed with the right people to help them make their purchases. In the production cycle, it means suppliers and manufacturers time and synchronize shipments and production based on demand signals from the retailer. And in the back room of the store, it means having the least amount of inventory, solving the "last yard" problem of the retail supply chain.

With 20 global service sites and standard service methods that have been validated over the last 30 years, RedPrairie provides unparalleled service and support. For additional information, call 1.877.733.7724, or access http://www.RedPrairie.com.

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Release Summary:

RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, has begun integrating its own Build-To-Order products in-line sequencing, as well as work order processing capabilities into its Warehouse Management System (WMS).

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