ATLANTA — August 24, 2009 — From drapes, comforters, towels and sheets to various household items, leading Home Fashion Retailer Anna's Linens markets home fashion merchandise to customers throughout its 260 stores in the United States. Extended Enterprise Management (EEM) from Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) has enabled Anna's to automate its manual processes, improve/gain real-time visibility into inventory across its supply chain as well as manage data and communications to support 750K purchase orders and invoices annually. In addition, EEM provides real-time communication with more than 100 of Anna's Linen's key vendors and partners.
"EEM enables us to handle the flow of data, visibility, communications, and vendor compliance management between all four points in our supply chain: Store Support Center, vendors, distribution centers (DCs) and retail stores," said Miles Tedder, vice president, supply chain for Anna's Linens. "We put more supply chain functionality in place in 12-18 months than most companies deploy in four or five years—a necessary step for our company's future growth plans."
Manhattan Associates' EEM, designed to connect companies with trading partners and customers, has enabled Anna's to capitalize on opportunistic buys from retail closings and present affordable products to its customers. EEM provides Anna's with the overarching visibility and immediate event management capabilities required to immediately interpret global trends and gain real-time insight into the pulse of its supply chain ecosystem.
"We're leveraging Extended Enterprise Management to our advantage with vendors, who have reported that it's one of the quickest, simplest and most efficient portals they've used." said Tedder. "Now even our non-EDI capable vendors can accept orders, process orders, print labels and even invoice us electronically."
About Anna's Linens, Inc.
Anna's Linens has been furnishing homes since it opened its first store in Los Angeles, CA in 1988. Now Anna's has over 260 locations in 18 states with plans to continue their growth into other new markets. Anna's Linens offers uncompromising value in quality priced home retailing. The broad assortment features bedding, bath, window treatments and other home décor. For more information please visit www.annaslinens.com.
About Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Manhattan Associates® continues to deliver on its 19-year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimization core to their strategic market leadership. The company's supply chain innovations include: Manhattan SCOPE®, a portfolio of software solutions and technology that leverages a Supply Chain Process Platform to help organizations optimise their supply chains from planning through execution; Manhattan ILS™, a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft® .NET technology; and Manhattan Carrier™, a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.