Thomas Nelson Inc. Will Achieve Supply Chain Excellence Using RedPrairies Solution Suite

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RedPrairie Corporation, a global leader in supply chain technology solutions that enable business process transformation, announced today that Thomas Nelson Inc., one of the worlds largest Christian content providers, will upgrade its operations with a suite of solutions from RedPrairie. The 207-year-old publishing company will replace its legacy system and automate its complex, high-volume operations using RedPrairies warehouse management solution, labor productivity and transportation management systems, supplier management and visibility applications.

We require a flexible, proven solution that can handle a high volume of orders from multiple channels and a complex returns process, says Vance Lawson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance at Thomas Nelson. RedPrairie has a successful track record for complicated projects and we found their solutions second to none.

Thomas Nelson will replace its legacy system and roll out RedPrairies warehouse management solution (WMS) to its Nashville, TN site by January 2006. The automated system will enable the publisher to more efficiently manage inventory and returns.

In the second phase of the implementation, Thomas Nelson will implement RedPrairies Workforce Performance Management solution to optimize labor productivity. Based on 40 years of experience, RedPrairies solution is comprised of functionally rich software, professionally engineered standards and change management consulting for a powerful, comprehensive solution. Thomas Nelson will be able to measure individuals against goal times specific to the nature of the work they perform and then improve employee performance based on accurate information and fair labor standards.

Managing carriers and transportation processes is another key objective for Thomas Nelson. Using RedPrairies transportation management solution, the company will be able to leverage RedPrairies transportation management suite to achieve operational efficiencies, including: improved freight consolidation; optimized carrier assignments and load planning; and enhanced internal and external collaborative planning.

In an effort to improve customer service, Thomas Nelson will track online orders using RedPrairies visibility application. The solution, in tandem with RedPrairies supplier management application, will provide enhanced visibility between Thomas Nelson and its suppliers. As a result, the company will be able to better determine inbound and outbound shipment status.

According to Joel Beasley, Thomas Nelsons Vice President of Distribution, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest publishers and largest Christian content providers in the world. Since 1798 our history of success has been built upon a philosophy of using teamwork to improve the lives of our customers. We recognize the same cultural philosophy at RedPrairie and we look forward to a long-term partnership of success.

Comments RedPrairie Company Leader John Jazwiec, The publishing industry requires innovation and automation as its distribution network expands globally. RedPrairies supply chain solutions and expertise enable companies like Thomas Nelson to take advantage of supply chain efficiencies that produce rapid return on investment and business transformation.

RedPrairies comprehensive, integrated solutions suite includes: warehouse management; transportation management; advanced labor management; event management; slotting; visibility; performance measurement; and RFID.

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