UPM-Kymmene Selects Supply Chain Software

SHELTON, Conn.—Sept. 22, 2003—G-Log, the leading provider of global logistics and transportation software, today announced that UPM-Kymmene Corp., the world’s second largest paper producer, has selected G–Log® Global Command and Control CenterTM (GC3TM) software to unify and automate its logistics operations across the company’s 100 production facilities worldwide.

UPM-Kymmene, G-Log, and IBM Global Services will partner to integrate the G-Log Web-native software into UPM-Kymmene’s supply chain to optimize shipments across every leg of the supply chain — regardless of business unit, transportation mode, or geography — to reduce costs through shipment optimization and automated collaborative business processes. By integrating its disparate transportation network under one umbrella, UPM-Kymmene will realize a logistics execution solution that will be commonly used throughout the company.

“G-Log’s domain expertise and singular focus on global transportation and logistics were a driving factor in our selection process,” said Jussi Sarvikas, vice president, logistics, UPM-Kymmene Corp.

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When fully deployed, UPM-Kymmene will manage more than 10 million tons of paper shipments per year using the G-Log GC3 software. Phase one of the project, which is a design and blueprint phase, will determine the future configuration of GC3; upon successful completion, it will be followed by a phase preparing for the rollout throughout UPM-Kymmene’s paper divisions.

Deployment will consist of a four-phased approach including design, training, integration testing, and a pilot implementation launch. Subsequent phases will be deployed on a regional basis to encompass the company’s entire global logistics operations.

“After a stringent assessment process, including detailed evaluations with a number of competitors, UPM-Kymmene selected the GC3 software to transform its global transportation processes and unite its logistics operations under one umbrella,” said David Cairns, CEO, G-Log.

G-Log’s GC3 software is the only system available today that combines supply chain planning, visibility, and execution functionality in one seamless solution. The G-Log logistics execution system selected by UPM-Kymmenewill provide a single data repository to support multiple users in making real-time decisions based on defined business rules. Equipped with precise information about the status of all shipments from purchase order through freight settlement, UPM-Kymmene logistics personnel can take immediate action and respond by exception to determine the most streamlined, cost-effective delivery of inbound shipments to the paper mill or outbound finished products to distributors.

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