Rockville, MD - August 6, 2003 -Manugistics (Nasdaq: MANU), a leading global provider of supply and demand chain management software, today announced that Robert Bosch Corporation, one of the world's leading automotive OEM and aftermarket parts suppliers, has implemented Manugistics' collaborative Sales and Operations Planning solution to help Bosch optimize its internal forecasting process for its Aftermarket division.
Using the Manugistics solution, Bosch is facilitating a collaborative planning process that will help enable quicker, more efficient responsiveness to fluctuations in customer demand in the aftermarket service parts channel.
Manugistics' collaborative Sales and Operations Planning solution is designed to help companies keep demand and supply in balance by establishing the overall level of inventory and manufacturing output required to fulfill customer orders and planned demand, while meeting business objectives such as increased profitability, productivity, and customer service levels.
This planning capability enables key operations and planning stakeholders to collaborate and develop an optimized forecast based upon input from sales, marketing, operations, finance and others. By enabling the development of a collaborative forecast, Bosch expects to help reduce inventory levels, increase inventory turns, reduce scrap costs, and improve customer service.
"We selected and implemented Manugistics' collaborative solution after a highly competitive evaluation process" said Tim Williams, director of continuous improvement for Bosch. "Manugistics' expertise in the service parts industry and reputation for focusing on customer satisfaction were key to the selection process. We expect that Manugistics quick implementation - within 6 months - will help speed Bosch's return on investment."
Thad Dungan, Manugistics' director of solutions consulting, commented: "We are excited that Robert Bosch Automotive Aftermarket - North America, a Division of Robert Bosch Corporation, a company well-known known for its innovation, selected Manugistics' collaborative planning solution. We count six of the top ten FORTUNE 500(r) automotive companies as our clients, and our recent selection as an AutomotiveNews PACE Awards finalist is further evidence that our solutions are a preferred technology choice for automotive industry leaders."
Robert Bosch Corporation, the wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is responsible for North American operations.