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Pearl Music Europe BV Continues Global Roll-Out of Manhattan Associates' Warehouse Management Solution


World Leading Percussion Company Implements Windows-based Supply Chain Execution Solution to Optimize European Distribution Network

UTRECHT and ATLANTA - August 2, 2005 - Manhattan Associates®, Inc. (Nasdaq: MANH), the global leader in providing supply chain execution and optimization solutions, today announced that Pearl Music Europe BV has successfully implemented the Warehouse Management component of Manhattan Associates' Integrated Logistics Solutions™ at its distribution center (DC) in Venlo, the Netherlands. The deployment of Manhattan Associates' Warehouse Management solution for Windows at the 3,100m² DC-a radial hub for the distribution of the company's percussion musical instruments throughout Europe-is part of a global roll-out of the system. The European implementation follows a previous successful installation of the same solution at the Pearl Corporation distribution center in Nashville, Tennessee (U.S.), and takes place at the same time as the implementation at Pearl Musical Instrument Co. and Pearl Musical Distribution Co. in Japan.

Pearl Musical Instrument Co., the world's leading wholesale distributor of percussion musical instruments, provides products to amateur and professional musicians all over the world. The majority of Pearls' drums and kit accessories are manufactured in Taiwan and Thailand, so goods destined for European markets are routed through the distribution center in Venlo for onward shipment to local distributors throughout Europe as well as directly to retailers in the UK. Deliveries to the UK retailers are made on a daily basis while shipments to the company's European distributors are based upon pre-agreed schedules or are seasonally dependent.

Pearl Corporation already has several years of experience using the highly flexible and configurable Windows-based solution in the U.S. "We are impressed with the way the Warehouse Management solution has brought about operational efficiencies in our Nashville DC," said Jim Rapp, operations manager, Venlo, Pearl Music Europe. "So the decision to implement the same system in our European distribution center was a fairly straightforward one. We particularly wanted a system that has already been tested in a similar environment and that is reliable for handling large volumes."

As the music industry is characterized by a 'high season' between September and January, Pearl Music Europe made absolutely certain the solution was implemented well in advance of the onset of this peak demand period. The solution was implemented in conjunction with complementary and highly advanced radio-frequency (RF) hardware from wireless solutions specialist Symbol Technologies. "Without the immediately available and highly professional help of Manhattan Associates' staff, the solution deployment would not have been the success it was," added Rapp.

Steve Smith, vice president, EMEA, at Manhattan Associates, said, "We continue to see momentum building in the demand for our .NET-based supply chain execution solutions in Europe, and Pearl Music Europe is yet another good example of an expanding European business with Windows-platform preferences that recognizes the critical role that a proven, reliable and scalable warehouse management solution can play in supporting a company's fulfilment capability, growth and future success."

Manhattan Associates' Warehouse Management solution for Windows is robust, flexible and scalable and is designed for organizations with Windows platform preferences. Solution benefits of rapid deployment, rich functionality, pre-configured options for flexible system start-up and upgradeability-all offered at a competitive price-point-promote ease of use as well as a lower total cost of ownership. This 100% native .NET Warehouse Management solution manages all aspects of DC operations from shipping to receiving, helping customers to reduce inventory and operational costs, shorten fulfilment cycles, increase inventory turns and improve customer service. .NET's Web services architecture facilitates the easy exchange of data between the Warehouse Management solution and external parties.

About Pearl Music Europe
Since 1946, Pearl has been creating a range of innovative percussion products that are easy to use, well designed and durable. The key to the whole range is to achieve a great sound whether it's an 8" tom, a pair of Maracas or a piccolo snare drum. Pearl is the only drum company that has a full range of drums and percussion, from kits used by the world's most famous players to entry level kits for beginners. From the Masterworks drums to a tension rod, everything is manufactured by ourselves to ensure strict quality control to allow you to play Pearl products with confidence, time after time. Pearl has state of the art production facilities and manufacture percussion products that are built to exacting standards using the very best materials. At the top of the range, we combine our production expertise with skilled craftsman, to offer a truly custom built concept called MasterWorks and this expertise is used throughout the range of drums. Many of our manufacturing processes are patented, including our "Heat Compression Shell Moulding System", which is designed to enhance the acoustics of the drum shells. Percussion instruments go back to the dawn of time and Pearl knows that the single most important goal is to achieve a great sound. We continue to invest in research and development to improve the sound of drums and ensure that we can also make products that also give superb value for money.

About Manhattan Associates
Manhattan Associates, Inc., is the global leader in providing supply chain execution and optimisation solutions. It enables operational excellence through its warehouse, transportation, distributed order management, reverse logistics and trading partner management applications, as well as its RFID, performance management and event management capabilities. These Integrated Logistics 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 900 customers representing more than 1,600 facilities worldwide, which include some of the world's leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

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