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Vectra Deploys Manhattan Associates’ Supply Chain Execution Solution to Achieve Operational Excellence


Third Party Logistics Provider Uses PkMS Pronto and PkCost to Tighten Inventory Control, Improve Customer Service and Track Customers' Operational Costs

ATLANTA – August 27, 2002 – Manhattan Associates, Inc., (Nasdaq: MANH), the global leader in providing extended supply chain execution (x-SCE™) solutions, today announced that Marketing Services by Vectra, Inc. (Vectra), chose Manhattan Associates to optimize the performance of its supply chain. Vectra, the total fulfillment solution,deployed PkMS Pronto™ in its 190,000 square-foot distribution center in Columbus, Ohio.

Using PkMS Pronto, Vectra gained better and more exacting control of its inventory and Distribution Center (DC) operations, enabling the company to provide customers with real-time information regarding their orders. Vectra also plans to deploy Manhattan Associates’ PkCost for increased billing accuracy by applying rates to each transaction. Combined, PkMS Pronto and PKCost will enable Vectra to realize cost-savings through increased operational efficiency and productivity, while also improving its customer service through the ability to support individual customer’s requirements.

Vectra selected Manhattan Associates for three reasons: Manhattan Associates’ substantial experience in designing and implementing x-SCE solutions—more than 1,100 installations since 1990; its financial stability; and its leadership and expertise in the 3PL market. Vectra also found that they relied on this experience and expertise as they migrated from a homegrown warehouse management system to a sophisticated supply chain execution solution.

"The decision paid off," said Randy Mozieijko, distribution manager at Vectra. "We now have visibility to the inventory and all operational processes. With PkMS Pronto, our inventory became tighter overnight, providing us with instant ROI."

Vectra used PkMS Pronto, a Windows®-based supply chain execution system designed specifically for the needs and budgets of small- to medium-size companies and a component of MA Fulfill, to streamline its fulfillment. Within the first three months of using the execution solution, Vectra improved the speed and accuracy of its pick, pack, receiving and put-away processes, which resulted in decreased operational costs and improved order throughput. With PkCost, Vectra will capture information from PkMS Pronto to track and bill clients for inventory handling, storage, fulfillment and transportation activities. This will enable Vectra to accurately define the costs for each customer and provide customers with a more refined account analysis.

"The 3PL industry is growing rapidly with the market demand from Fortune 500 companies increasing dramatically, requiring greater levels of sophistication, analysis and reporting," said Bruce Eicher, vice president, customers for Manhattan Associates. "Through its multiple reporting solutions and access to mission-critical information, PkCost provides 3PLs like Vectra with the flexibility needed to address the diversity of the growing market and the unique requirements of its customers. Additionally with PkCost, Vectra can offer customers more personalized client service, reduce overall operating costs and streamline supply chain execution—key differentiators in today’s economy."

About Vectra

Marketing Services by Vectra, Inc. is located within a 500 mile radius of 51% of the US and Canadian population. The Total Fulfillment Solution Services include complete offset and digital printing, complete pre-press and post-press services, and lettershop services. Vectra enables a client to have a single point of contact for all of their fulfillment needs and the efficiency of having all material produced under one roof. That’s very smart, that’s Vectra.

About Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates, Inc., is the global leader in providing extended supply chain execution solutions. We enable operational excellence through real-time collaboration, execution and optimization. Our solutions leverage state-of-the-art technologies, innovative practices, and our domain expertise to enhance performance, profitability, and competitive advantage. Manhattan Associates has licensed more than 800 customers representing 1,100 facilities worldwide, which include some of the world’s leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers. For more information about Manhattan Associates telephone 770.955.7070 or visit

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