Logility Announces 2014 Leadership Award Winners

American Hotel Register, Caribou Coffee, Gear for Sports, Johnstone Supply, and Massimo Zanetti Beverage Recognized for Supply Chain Excellence at Connections 2014

ATLANTA--()--Logility Inc., a leading supplier of collaborative solutions to optimize the supply chain, today announced recipients of the 2014 Logility Leadership Awards. This year American Hotel Register, Caribou Coffee, Gear for Sports, Johnstone Supply, and Massimo Zanetti Beverage were recognized at Logility Connections 2014 for driving outstanding supply chain performance through the use of Logility Voyager Solutions™.

For photos of the award winners, please visit: www.logility.com/sails.

Logility’s annual award program recognizes a select group of companies who significantly improved their business processes, deployed an innovative solution to address their supply chain challenges, or demonstrated an on-going commitment and leadership role in the expansion of supply chain improvements. Each of this year’s award recipients demonstrated success in building collaboration, efficiency and visibility across their supply chain networks. These efforts resulted in tangible business benefits including driving a robust sales and operations planning (S&OP) process, reduced inventory, increased forecast accuracy, and higher customer service levels through the innovative use of supply chain software from Logility.

American Hotel Register Company

American Hotel Register Company is a privately held and family-owned distributor of hospitality products founded in 1865. The company operates seven distribution centers throughout the United States with 3PLs located in Canada, Hawaii and Puerto Rico handling more than 35,000 item/DC locations from 600 suppliers. Prior to implementing Logility, American Hotel Register Company relied upon disconnected systems and spreadsheets to manage its forecast and buying decisions. Since turning to Logility Voyager Solutions, American Hotel Register Company has reduced forecast error significantly, is able to quickly analyze multiple business scenarios, improved its buying process automating more than 90 percent of its orders, and established the data necessary for a formal S&OP process. The company is also able to work more closely with its partners and merchants to identify trends and ensure they stay ahead of the market to offer the latest products to its customers.

Caribou Coffee

In order to deliver innovative new offerings, support its impressive global growth, and be flexible enough to ensure the right products are available based on changing consumer preferences, Caribou Coffee’s supply chain planning process needed an overhaul. The coffeehouse operator turned to Logility to support its aggressive growth initiatives across its three channels of business retail coffeehouses, franchise/licensee and commercial. Within a short period Caribou Coffee realized impressive results including an increase in inventory turns by approximately 30 percent, while keeping the company’s fulfillment service to above 99 percent and significantly reducing obsolete inventory across its operations. The advanced supply chain solutions have enabled Caribou Coffee to manage with more accuracy and responsiveness, allowing for a complete transition from monthly to weekly demand planning and forecasting.

Gear for Sports

As pioneers in the custom decorated apparel industry, Gear for Sports improved and simplified its planning process with Logility Voyager Solutions to eliminate numerous spreadsheets and conflicting data sources. The supply chain organization is now able to collaborate with partners utilizing accurate data to fuel proactive decision making, build financial plans and forecasts, and support inventory flow. As part of its supply chain transformation, Gear for Sports reduced its peak season inventory by 21 percent and slashed peak season obsolete inventory by 32 percent while improving overall inventory turns 16 percent. In a short period of time, Gear for Sports went from reactive, manually intensive processes to an integrated, flexible and proactive supply chain built to support the company’s long-term growth.

Johnstone Supply, Inc.

The wholesale distribution industry faces several challenges including shrinking margins, broad product portfolios, new competitors, and demanding customers. Johnstone Supply, the leading cooperative wholesale distributor in the HVACR industry with more than $1.5 billion in annual sales, must deliver exceptional service at the right price to retain and grow its customer base. The team at Johnstone Supply realized its technology and processes were holding them back by not providing the visibility required to balance its inventory while reducing costs and improve service. With Logility Voyager Solutions in place, the wholesale distributor has removed $7 million in safety stock inventory, while reducing stock outages by up to 27 percent and considerably improving its ability to plan for and execute seasonal lifts in demand. Logility Voyager Solutions has helped drive more accurate forecasts, align inventory policies with service goals and streamline collaboration with its suppliers.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage

Massimo Zanetti Beverage is a 100-plus year old vertically integrated coffee company headquartered in Treviso, Italy with twelve roasting plants to support more than 600 coffee shops and 100 Puccino’s restaurants around the world. Massimo Zanetti Beverage also offers both branded and private label products, with a greater than 40 percent share of the U.S. private label business. To support its strategic goal of profitable growth, the company realized it needed to better align its production plan and resources to increase asset and labor resource utilization, improve its agility to respond to increased supply chain complexities, provide a consistent long-term plan for raw materials, support the reduction in slow and obsolete inventory, and streamline the planning cycle. In less than six months of implementing Logility Voyager Solutions, Massimo Zanetti Beverage decreased planning cycle time by 66 percent, increased inventory turns, reduced inventory 14 percent, and is now able to produce multiple “what-if” scenarios to generate optimal plans and stay ahead of changes in its global supply chain.

“Today’s complex global supply chains require innovative thinking, supporting processes and solutions to stay ahead of changing customer demands and dynamic sourcing and production options,” said Mike Edenfield, president and CEO of Logility. “We are honored to recognize these five companies as recipients of the 2014 Logility SAILS Leadership Award. Each organization has overcome complex obstacles and demonstrated impressive results. We are proud to be a part of their success and look forward to supporting their continued journey of supply excellence.”

About Logility Voyager Solutions

Recognized industry-wide for its rapid implementation, quick ROI, ease-of-use, and ability to solve complex problems, Logility Voyager Solutions is a comprehensive supply chain solution suite which features performance monitoring capabilities to increase supply chain visibility and boost performance in key areas including demand, inventory and replenishment planning, sales and operations planning (S&OP), manufacturing planning and scheduling, supply and inventory optimization, transportation planning and management, and warehouse management.

About Logility

With more than 1,250 customers worldwide, Logility is a leading provider of collaborative, best-of-breed supply chain solutions that help small, medium, large and Fortune 1000 companies realize substantial bottom-line results in record time. Logility Voyager Solutions is a complete supply chain management solution that features a performance monitoring architecture and provides supply chain visibility; demand, inventory and replenishment planning; Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP); supply and inventory optimization; manufacturing planning and scheduling; transportation planning and management; and warehouse management. Logility customers include Fender Musical Instruments, Parker Hannifin, Verizon Wireless, and VF Corporation. Logility is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA). For more information about Logility, call 800-762-5207 USA or visit http://www.logility.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by statements made herein. These factors include, but are not limited to, continuing U.S. and global economic uncertainty, the timing and degree of business recovery, unpredictability and the irregular pattern of future revenues, dependence on particular market segments or customers, competitive pressures, delays, product liability and warranty claims and other risks associated with new product development, undetected software errors, market acceptance of Logility’s products, technological complexity, the challenges and risks associated with integration of acquired product lines, companies and services, as well as a number of other risk factors that could affect the Company’s future performance. For further information about risks the Company and American Software could experience as well as other information, please refer to American Software, Inc’s. current Form 10-K and other reports and documents subsequently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For more information, contact: Vincent C. Klinges, Chief Financial Officer, American Software, Inc., (404) 264-5477 or fax: (404) 237-8868.

Logility is a registered trademark and Logility Voyager Solutions is a trademark of Logility, Inc. Other products mentioned in this document are registered, trademarked or service marked by their respective owners.

Contacts

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Justin Siefert, 404-264-5485
jsiefert@logility.com
www.logility.com/blog

Release Summary

American Hotel Register, Caribou Coffee, Gear for Sports, Johnstone Supply, and Massimo Zanetti Beverage received the 2014 SAILS Leadership Award from Logility for supply chain excellence.

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Logility
Justin Siefert, 404-264-5485
jsiefert@logility.com
www.logility.com/blog