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Blick Art Materials Manages Multi-Channel Growth with RedPrairie Solutions


Largest retailer of art supplies increases inventory accuracy to 99 percent and reduces picking errors by over 35 percent

RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, announced today that Blick Art Materials, the largest retailer of art supplies in the country, has managed its rapid growth across all its sales channels and increased inventory accuracy to 99 percent with the help of RedPrairie’s WMS and Workforce Management solutions.

Headquartered in Illinois, Blick has over 30 company owned and operated stores in addition to its thriving catalog, online, and commercial channels. The company operates one distribution center, with two facilities, out of Galesburg, Illinois. The number of SKUs the company manages has grown from 40,000 to over 60,000 over the last three years. With RedPrairie, Blick has increased productivity while reduced picking errors by over 35 percent, allowing the company to lower its return rate from around three percent to under two percent.

“Our company has experienced double digit growth for several years and we needed warehouse and workforce management solutions that were going to grow with us and help us manage our diverse product group,” said John Polillo, Executive Vice President of Operations for Blick Art Materials. “Whether a small tube of paint or a large roll of art paper, every order has to be perfect for our customers every time. With RedPrairie’s retail supply chain expertise, we not only have near-perfect inventory accuracy, but have improved our picking strategies and distribution center efficiency.”

“For almost 100 years, Blick Art Materials has successfully supplied the artist community,” said Mike Mayoras, CEO of RedPrairie. “We’re proud that our solutions have helped this rapidly growing retailer resolve some of their toughest distribution challenges.”

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