Constellation Europe chooses RedPrairie's E2e suite

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Constellation Europe has selected E2e suite from RedPrairie to integrate Warehouse and Duty Management, boost efficiencies and lower technology costs at Europes largest bonded warehouse

RedPrairie, a leading consumer driven optimisation company, has announced that Constellation Europe, part of Constellation Brands, the largest wine company in the world, has chosen a number of RedPrairies supply chain software solutions for its 870,000 sq ft bonded warehouse and bottling plant being commissioned at Avonmouth.

The energy-efficient facility with 80,000 pallet positions and many docking doors is due to open in October 2008. At 35 acres - the size of 12 football pitches - the new site is set to treble Constellation Europes existing warehousing and bottling capacity.

The new facility will be the largest bonded warehouse in Europe and the largest wine-packaging facility in the UK.  In addition to warehousing and distribution, the state-of-the-art facility will also handle the bottling of bulk-imported wine from South Africa, Australia and the United States, an activity that was previously carried out at the companys Whitchurch site.  Constellation will be using Warehouse Management, Duty Management, Yard Management and Workforce Management from RedPrairies E2e suite.

RedPrairies Warehouse Management and Duty Management solutions are designed to improve duty management at the modern facility that is pioneering the use of lightweighted glass to reduce carbon emissions in the manufacture and transport of bottles. The RedPrairie suite of software provides Constellation Europe, a company that has grown by 50% in the last 10 years and has ambitious expansion plans, with a flexible, configurable, fully integrated solution for all its current and future needs.

Using RedPrairies Warehouse Management solution, it is intended to streamline picking and packing processes through the automation of the distribution centre while providing real-time control for exception monitoring. RedPrairies advanced optimisation algorithms are designed to help Constellation Europe extend visibility into the efficiency of its operations and increase performance against all major KPIs as it meets its goal of increasing market share while cutting operating costs.

It is anticipated that RedPrairies built-in duty management solution, unique among leading WMS providers, will simplify integration and cut the cost of implementation, maintenance and technology upgrades. Duty Management is the most comprehensive international trade and customs compliance suite available from a single supplier and can help reduce an importers tax bill by up to 40% by deferring duty and VAT payments until goods are shipped to customers.

Implementing RedPrairies Workforce Management solution is designed to give Constellation Europe a strategic tool for increasing the productivity of warehouse operatives and deliver real-time intelligence for planning and forecasting. RedPrairies Yard Management will dynamically assign trucks to docking doors to reduce bottlenecks in the yard, as well as leverage cross docking opportunities. This is intended to help speed the flow of freight and maximise the utilisation of resources and labour.

Constellation Europe chose RedPrairies E2e suite for its breadth of functionality that will enable the company to meet most of its needs out of the box. Its scalability offers best value for money for an expanding business while its built-in rather than bolt-on duty management solution eliminates the cost of building and maintaining interfaces. RedPrairies SOA-based architecture enables third party solutions to be integrated into the suite without time-consuming, costly customisations and provides configurable workflow that enables customers to adapt processes to meet their changing requirements. Constellation Europes growing operations in continental Europe can be supported by RedPrairies extensive pan-European resources.

In a competitive environment companies are exploring all possible ways to drive down cost, leverage efficiencies and maximise profit, says Martin Grisman, Senior VP Operations, Constellation Europe. We are confident that RedPrairies E2e suite will help us work smarter in all areas by streamlining warehouse management processes, optimising labour productivity and deferring duty and VAT payments while cutting technology cost of ownership through a single, integrated technology suite.

We are delighted that Constellation Europe has chosen RedPrairie as a strategic partner for all its supply chain management needs as it reinforces its commitment to lean, agile, efficient and environmentally sound operating practices at Avonmouth, comments RedPrairie President and Managing Director International, Martin Hiscox. RedPrairie has the skills and resources to match Constellation Europes needs and we are confident that our end-to-end solutions will help them cut process times, reduce costs and generate competitive advantage.

About Constellation Europe

Constellation Europe is part of Constellation Brands, the worlds largest wine business. In the UK and Europe, Constellation Europe is a major producer of alcoholic drinks (in cider, fortified wines and other drinks) a major supplier of light wines produced by Constellation Brands and a partner in a Joint Venture, Matthew Clark, that is the largest supplier of drinks to the UK on-trade.

About RedPrairie Corporation

RedPrairie is a world-leading consumer driven optimisation 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 worlds largest companies. RedPrairies E2e solutions synchronise 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 synchronise 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.

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