i2 Identifies Fresh Savings for Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

Kurt Peters

Shaw’s targets savings in transportation and distribution with i2’s Supply Chain Strategist Planning Tool


i2 Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITWO), the leading provider of dynamic value chain management solutions, today announced that Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of J. Sainsbury plc (London Stock Exchange: SBRY.L), has licensed the i2 Supply Chain Strategist planning and optimization tool from the i2 Supply Chain Management suite of applications. The supermarket chain based in New England reports that it has already recognized significant efficiencies using the i2 technology.

“After completing a pilot program using the i2 solution, we found that we could be more efficient in aligning stores and distribution centers,” said Mike Powell, senior vice president, Supply Chain, Shaw’s Supermarkets. “i2’s technology demonstrated a value for Shaw’s that more than justified our investment.”

According to the Food Marketing Institute, net profits in the retail grocery industry average 1 to 2 percent of gross sales. As a result, quick, informed decisions about inventory control are imperative to helping lower costs, and i2’s solutions are designed specifically to help tighten up the supply chain to create delivery-on-demand networks.

“In the past, we didn’t have the data or tools we needed to really understand how to align our network,” said Powell. “We knew we had to be more precise to ensure that our organization was operating at peak efficiency. We selected i2’s Supply Chain Strategist technology to provide us with the right planning tools to optimize our supply chain.”

i2 Supply Chain Strategist has been deployed by over 50 customers and has been used by those customers to identify considerable hard-dollar savings in inventory, logistics and fixed costs. i2 Supply Chain Strategist is a scenario-based strategic planning tool designed to enable an organization to analyze alternatives and make more educated decisions regarding physical plant locations, processes and distribution methods. This solution allows companies to determine the optimal combination of facilities, locations and processes, i.e. the optimum supply network to deliver the highest customer service levels at the lowest cost.

i2 has helped retailers worldwide implement technology solutions designed to provide the highest return on investment at the lowest risk. i2’s dynamic value chain management solutions are designed to help retailers increase sales and profits with reduced inventories, improve vendor performance, reduce logistics costs and increase customer loyalty.

About i2

For more than a decade, i2 has been a leader in supply chain management. i2 has extended its technology and expertise to Dynamic Value Chain Management-solutions to help companies collaborate on decision-making processes not only across functions within a single company, but across multiple companies. i2 solutions span the value chain interactions, including customer relationship management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management. Established in 1988, i2 is the only software solutions provider that measures, audits, and reports total value provided to its customers, with a mission to deliver $75 billion in value by 2005. Learn more at www.i2.com.

i2 is a registered trademark of i2 Technologies, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

About Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc./J Sainsbury plc

Shaw`s Supermarkets, Inc manages 185 Shaw`s and Star Market store locations and two distribution centers throughout the six New England states. The company serves more than four million customers each week and has nearly 30,000 associates. During the most recently completed fiscal year, total sales were nearly $4.0 billion. Shaw`s is a wholly owned subsidiary of J Sainsbury plc of London, England.

i2 Cautionary Language

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the customer’s ability to implement the i2 solutions successfully, in a timely fashion, or to achieve expected benefits. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may be much different. For a discussion of factors identified by i2 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements, please refer to i2`s recent filings with the SEC, particularly the Form 10-K/A filed August 7, 2001 and Form 10-Q filed November 14, 2001. Additionally, i2 assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statement contained in this news release.

Beth Elkin

Bernard J. Rogan
Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

Sheri Loose
Weber Shandwick Worldwide (on behalf of i2)


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