SCOTTSDALE and ATLANTA - May 16, 2005 - Manhattan Associates®, Inc. (Nasdaq: MANH), the global leader in providing supply chain execution and optimization solutions, announced today that it has implemented its Distributed Order Management solution for Party City Corporation, the specialty retailer of party supplies. Party City adopted the Distributed Order Management solution as part of an expanded supply chain initiative focused on serving its 257 franchise stores. The Manhattan Associates order fulfillment engine is now accepting and processing purchase orders from franchise stores in the Party City network.
"We were looking for an order management solution capable of managing the entire purchase order cycle for our franchisees-including acceptance, order fulfillment, shipping confirmation and invoicing," stated Miles Tedder, Party City`s vice president of logistics. "We wanted the solution to be flexible enough to address the specific requirements of our business and franchisees, and scalable enough to meet future needs. Manhattan Associates not only offered a strategic approach to supply chain management-reflected in its Integrated Logistics Solutions™-that was consistent with our supply chain transformation, but also was also able to complete the implementation on a demanding schedule."
As a component of Manhattan Associates` Integrated Logistics Solutions, Distributed Order Management extends supply chain execution and optimization capabilities to include the capture of customer sales orders with rules-driven order routing and intelligent sourcing and allocation. The solution also provides automated purchase order recommendations, a single view into global inventory visibility and real-time cross docking reallocation based on the latest demand. Its tight integration with other components of Manhattan Associates` Integrated Logistics Solutions enables additional capabilities-such as supplier purchase order generation through the Trading Partner Management solution and total visibility across the supply chain.
"We are pleased that Manhattan Associates was able to help Party City realize its objectives for a single, synchronized supply chain process for its franchise stores," said Jeff Mitchell, Manhattan Associates` executive vice president, Americas. "Manhattan Associates` Distributed Order Management solution is built to be best-of-breed as a stand-alone solution but also to work with the other components of Integrated Logistics Solutions for greater synchronized movement of goods and dynamic updates across the entire supply chain. The result is increased efficiency, productivity and visibility and-most importantly-improved customer service and fulfillment."
About Party City Corporation
Party City Corporation is America`s largest party goods chain. Party City currently operates 247 Company-owned stores and has 257 franchise stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Party City, visit the Company`s website at http://www.partycity.com.
About Manhattan Associates
Manhattan Associates, Inc., is the global leader in providing supply chain execution and optimisation solutions. It enables operational excellence through its warehouse, transportation, distributed order management, reverse logistics and trading partner management applications, as well as its RFID, performance management and event management capabilities. These Integrated Logistics Solutions™ leverage state-of-the-art technologies, innovative practices and our domain expertise to enhance performance, profitability and competitive advantage. Manhattan Associates has licensed more than 900 customers representing more than 1,600 facilities worldwide, which include some of the world`s leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers. For more information about Manhattan Associates, visit www.manh.com