M.H. Alshaya Co. to Distribute European Brands using Manhattan Associates' Warehouse Management Solution

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Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH), the global leader in providing supply chain execution and optimisation solutions, today announced that M.H. Alshaya Co., one of the Middle Easts most successful retailers, has selected Manhattan Associates Warehouse Management solution to run its new regional distribution centre (RDC), currently under construction, in Dubai.

Founded in 1890, M.H. Alshaya Co. employs more than 5,000 people across the Middle East. Its retail division is the franchisee for a large number of international brands including Debenhams, Mothercare, River Island and Starbucks. The companys 650 stores are located in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain, as well as in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. In addition to the network of warehouses in these countries, M.H. Alshaya Co. is in the process of building a 20,000m RDC in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, to serve the entire region.

Alshaya made the decision to build the new RDC to support future expansion and enhance current Middle East operations. Manhattan Associates Warehouse Management solution which will operate on Microsofts Windows application server and SQL database server, will allow M.H. Alshaya Co. to track goods as they arrive from all over the world and monitor their progress as they are dispatched to their respective destinations. Once the RDC is fully operational Alshaya intends to enhance its operations still further by rolling the solution out to all of its warehouses.

M. H. Alshaya Co. has always kept one step ahead of commercial developments in the region, said Jeff Baum, senior vice president of international operations, at Manhattan Associates. This new distribution centre is another example of the companys foresight and ambition in the retail sector. We are delighted that M.H. Alshaya Co. has selected Manhattan Associates to work with them as they develop their supply chain for the Middle East.

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