Katun Implements Collaborative Sales &Operations Planning Solution

Nov. 1, 2003
ATLANTA, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Logility (Nasdaq: LGTY), a leading supplier of collaborative solutions to optimize the supply chain, today announced

ATLANTA, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Logility (Nasdaq: LGTY), a leading supplier of collaborative solutions to optimize the supply chain, today announced that Katun Corporation, the world's leading alternative supplier of imaging supplies, has implemented Logility Voyager Solutions(TM) on time and on budget to streamline sales and operations planning collaboratively between corporate sales, finance, distribution and marketing throughout the company.

Katun serves the complex, rapidly changing business equipment industry. Since 1979, Katun has been the first choice of office equipment dealers and distributors, who recognize the increased competitiveness and profits available by using OEM-alternative parts and supplies, yet insist on maximum product quality and dependability.

Katun recognized the opportunity to achieve increased supply chain efficiencies through internal collaboration and deliver superior supplies and service to its customers. Katun chose Logility Voyager Collaborate(TM) software to support a collaborative sales and operations planning (S&OP) process that includes participation from sales, finance, manufacturing, distribution and marketing. Voyager Collaborate increases supply chain visibility and synchronizes internal operations, presenting a consolidated view of relevant supply chain information such as forecasted sales, customer orders, inventory, shipments, backorders and operating budgets, providing a comprehensive "one number" view of the business for better decision support throughout the organization. With the Logility solution, Katun can anticipate and respond proactively to changing business conditions. The company had already successfully implemented other Logility Voyager Solutions(TM) for demand management, inventory planning and replenishment planning.

"We improved our forecasting accuracy and reduced our inventory investment significantly with Logility, and felt we could further streamline and accelerate our internal sales and operation planning process through collaboration to achieve a one-number plan for use throughout the company," said Ed Streeter, senior vice president, global supply chain for Katun Corporation. "With Voyager Collaborate, we can now better synchronize our demand forecasts with manufacturing and marketing initiatives, further improving efficiencies throughout our supply chain."

"Logility is proud to help Katun take the next step in increasing supply chain performance and accelerating its results through collaboration," said Mike Edenfield, Logility president and CEO. "Logility Voyager Collaborate is the way for companies that already use forecasting systems to take their results to a higher level with broader visibility across their business. The product works with Logility's solutions -- or complements other supply chain planning packages -- to help companies achieve additional visibility and improve decision-making capabilities."

Katun uses Logility Voyager Collaborate, in conjunction with Voyager Demand Planning, Inventory Planning and Replenishment Planning. Logility Voyager Collaborate is an Internet-based supply chain collaboration application that enables both company-wide internal and external collaboration to streamline and accelerate business planning among sales, finance, manufacturing and marketing, as well as external customers and suppliers. Voyager Demand Planning reconciles demand history, orders, point-of-sale (POS) data and other information to produce comprehensive overviews of demand by item, location, customer and/or group. Voyager Inventory Planning calculates the optimal balance between inventory quantities and desired levels of service based on industry best practices. Voyager Replenishment Planning determines the best balance between customer service levels and inventory requirements, factoring in current orders, commitments and desired inventory investment.