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Tibbett & Britten and Manhattan Associates Partner to Optimise Supply Chain Execution at Rubbermaid Europe


PkMS<sup>®</sup>, the Execution Engine behind Manhattan Associates' x-SCE platform, and the Logistics Services Expertise of Tibbett &amp; Britten Combine to Run Rubbermaid Europe's Brunssum Distribution Facility in the Netherlands

UTRECHT - March 19, 2003 – Rubbermaid Europe, a division of Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL) and a specialist in kitchenware and household durables, today announced a successful warehouse management system 'go-live' at its distribution centre (DC) in Brunssum, Netherlands. The implementation was a joint project between Tibbett & Britten Group (LSE: TBG), one of the world’s leading logistics services providers, and Manhattan Associates Inc., (Nasdaq: MANH), the global leader in providing extended supply chain execution (x-SCE) solutions.
Rubbermaid Europe's products are distributed from the 40,000m2 facility in Brunssum to retail and wholesale customers throughout the Benelux region as well as to various export markets around the world. The objective of the implementation was to optimise the operational performance of the distribution centre and subsequently to improve overall service levels provided to Rubbermaid Europe's clients. The implementation project, which involved the replacement of Rubbermaid Europe's existing warehouse system with a best-of-breed supply chain execution platform, follows successful deployments of Manhattan Associates' x-SCE solutions at other Tibbett & Britten-managed facilities throughout France, the Netherlands and the UK.

During 2002, Rubbermaid Europe made the strategic decision to invest in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and at the same time decided that a complementary best-of-breed supply chain execution platform would provide it with the most appropriate technology solution for supporting its fulfilment operation. Manhattan Associates' PkMS solution was selected as the preferred SCE platform for several reasons. Firstly, it was already running successfully in other Tibbett & Britten-run DCs across Europe. The solution also has pre-built interfaces to Rubbermaid Europe's preferred ERP system, Movex from Intentia, and finally it provided the functionality and scalability that would enable Tibbett & Britten to meet Rubbermaid Europe's demanding supply chain requirements.
Erwin Tiemens, Financial Director at Tibbett & Britten Benelux, commented, "Manhattan Associates' clear understanding of our client’s and our own business objectives was a critical factor in our decision to select Manhattan Associates. The fact that they clearly understood the dynamics of the logistics services industry in the Benelux also played a major role in this process. Their people's knowledge, focus and experience, combined with a best-of-breed solution that is robust, flexible and scalable made Manhattan Associates our number one choice. As our business grows, PkMS will grow with us, extending our capabilities and allowing us to process higher inventory levels as well as refine picking accuracy and labour productivity, while decreasing operational costs." On the deployment itself, Tiemens added, "We've had a smooth implementation of PkMS with no disruption in the service we provide to Rubbermaid Europe. The enthusiasm of our workers and the ease with which they learned to work with PkMS were major contributors to the project's success."
"A close working relationship among Rubbermaid Europe, Tibbett & Britten and Manhattan Associates has contributed significantly to the success of the project and this has been made possible through the successful investments that Manhattan Associates has made in the Benelux region over the last year," said Allen Scott, Vice President of European Operations at Manhattan Associates. "Tibbett & Britten's continued investment in PkMS as a strategic tool to support their clients' supply chain execution needs throughout Europe is testament to the confidence they have in Manhattan Associates' firm commitment to the European logistics services industry."

About Newell Rubbermaid, Inc
Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. is a global manufacturer and full-service marketer of brand-name consumer products serving volume purchasers, including discount and cash & carry stores, home centres and hardware stores, and office superstores and contract stationers. The business operates in five segments: Rubbermaid; Parker/Eldon; Levolor/Hardware; Calphalon/WearEver and Little Tikes/Graco.

  • The Company's Rubbermaid business is conducted by Rubbermaid Home Products, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Rubbermaid (Europe), Rubbermaid Closet & Organization Products, and Goody.
  • The Parker/Eldon business is conducted by Sanford North America, Sanford International, Eldon Office Products and Cosmolab.
  • The Levolor/Hardware business is conducted by Levolor/Kirsch, Newell Window Fashions Europe, Amerock Cabinet and Window Hardware Systems, EZ Paintr, BernzOmatic and Newell Hardware Europe.
  • Calphalon/WearEver business is conducted by Mirro, Panex, Calphalon, Anchor Hocking and Newell Europe, Connoisseur/Burnes and Newell Photo Fashion Europe.
  • Little Tikes/Graco business is conducted by Little Tikes and Graco/Century.
For the fiscal year ended 12/31/02, net sales rose 8% to $7.45 billion. For more information, visit

About Tibbett & Britten Group
Tibbett & Britten Group plc is a UK quoted multinational logistics service provider focused on supplying warehousing, distribution and supply chain management services under long-term contract to manufacturers, retailers and distributors of food & drink, clothing and other branded consumer merchandise. Services are primarily intra-regional and include both conventional logistics and e-commerce support. The Group has grown by translating its skills and experience into new markets across geographical and product sector boundaries. In little more than a decade it has become a leading international logistics business and is authoritatively ranked seventh largest in the world. Annual revenues in 2002 were £1,516 million (US$2.1 billion).
Tibbett & Britten operates in two home markets - Europe and North America - whilst developing in selected emerging territories, including parts of Africa, Asia and Latin/South America. It has substantial logistics operations in 34 countries and employs 36,000 people. For more information, visit

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 optimisation. 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 870 customers representing 1,300 facilities worldwide, which include some of the world's leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers. For more information about Manhattan Associates visit

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