Best foot forward. The Brantano Group, a leading footwear retailer, has signed an agreement with IBM for the implementation of a supply chain management system based on the i2 for Retail suite of solutions. IBM Business Consulting Services has been appointed as the integrator and prime contractor for the project. IBM will supply the i2 software and other hardware and software for optimizing the purchasing, assortment planning, stock management and replenishment of individual stores.
Soapy sales. Procter & Gamble has renewed and expanded its contract for global transportation management software and technology services with GT Nexus, which provides on-demand software and services for global logistics and supply chain management. P&G is one of the world's largest users of ocean and airfreight transportation, engaging the services of more than 60 ocean lines, airfreight companies and freight forwarders.
Music to their ears. Provia Software has provided new supply chain execution software to EMI Music North America, home to music labels like Capitol Records, Blue Note and Virgin Records. Included in the software package are Provia's ViaWare WMS (warehouse management), SPS (small parcel shipping) and TMS (transportation management) software solutions. The software has been installed at two facilities to manage retail shipments within North America.
Let the sun shine. Sun Microsystems has selected DHL as its exclusive global logistics provider for after-market service parts. The contract covers more than 300 logistics facilities housing thousands of parts to be used for service support to 1.5 million Sun customer systems in over 100 countries.
Put 'er there, partner. LXE has named Miles Data Technologies of Milwaukee, Wis., as an Elite PartnerPass member. PartnerPass is a program designed by LXE and its partners to provide simple, collaborative and effective tools to help partners grow their businesses by selling LXE's mobile computing solutions.
Revving up. Cummins, one of the world's largest manufacturers of engines and power-generating equipment, will implement RedPrairie's solutions suite as part of its global supply chain strategy. Cummins will place the warehouse management solution across its Fleetguard and PowerCare divisions to achieve greater operational efficiency and improve logistics performance. In the future, Cummins will also implement RedPrairie's Workforce Performance Management, slotting, realtime transportation optimization engine (COPLEX) and RFID applications.
Raising their voices. Vocollect has implemented its Voice-Directed Distribution system at Stephenson Wholesale Co. Stephenson is a regional grocery wholesaler serving 2,500 convenience retailers in Oklahoma and Texas. The company has already seen a 30-percent increase in worker productivity since going live with the system when compared to the paper-based picking systems previously used.