Kehe Food Distributors Chooses RedPrairie Supply Chain Suite for Warehouse, Transportation, and Labor Efficiencies


Milwaukee, WI - RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, today announced that Kehe Food Distributors has purchased RedPrairie's E2e(TM) Supply Chain Suite, including Warehouse, Transportation and Labor Management Solutions. Kehe distributes specialty foods to over 9,000 grocery stores in 47 states. The RedPrairie Solutions will replace its custom legacy systems, providing better overall inventory control, freight savings and labor management.

Kehe plans to implement the RedPrairie solutions at their main distribution center located in Illinois as well as their forward distribution centers (DCs). The supply chain suite will help Kehe maintain complete visibility to and control of its products throughout the entire supply chain. Kehe plans to gain improvements in lot and date control, truck loading, productivity and freight savings.

"Even though we have a high degree of automation in our distribution centers, we want improved product visibility and accountability in order to stay at the forefront in our industry. The RedPrairie solution will solidify Kehe's position in the industry as a technology and customer service leader," said Scott Cousins, CIO for Kehe Food Distributors.

John Jazwiec, RedPrairie President and CEO says, "By purchasing the entire supply chain suite, Kehe will optimize the functions in each of their supply chain areas, and will synchronize the flow of products and information between them. RedPrairie has helped other leading food distributors get better at mitigating risk and improving efficiency and throughput without sacrificing quality."

"We are looking at considerable savings in all segments of our supply chain network. Load optimization and transportation planning with these new tools will significantly improve our ability to respond to our customers," said Bill Gianaras, VP of operations for Kehe.

RedPrairie's E2e Solutions for Food & Beverage help companies deliver products in their best possible condition and at the lowest possible cost. The E2e supply chain execution solutions help customers apply preferred methods (i.e. the best way to perform each task), standards and real-time monitoring and feedback to encourage efficiency and throughput improvements. In a people-intensive industry that works on very low margins, the Workforce Management capabilities improve efficiency. To improve throughput, RedPrairie offers variable aging based on location or zone (frozen, refrigerated or ambient), country-of-origin tracking, customer-specified packaging, labeling and handling, and temperature-based zone loading and monitoring.

About Kehe Food Distributors

Originally founded in 1952, Kehe supplies organic, natural, ethnic, and other specialty food products to more than 9,000 grocery stores in 47 states, including Albertson's, Kroger and H.E.B. Kehe's ethnic offerings include African American, Asian/Oriental, Eastern European, Hispanic, Indian, Italian, Organic, and Kosher food products.

About RedPrairie Corporation

RedPrairie is a world leading consumer driven optimization company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 10 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 25,000 sites worldwide for many of the world's largest companies.

RedPrairie's E2e(TM) solutions synchronize people and products throughout the customer buying cycle to ensure goods reach the right place at the right time. At the point of sale, this means consumers have access to desired products and that the store is staffed with the right people to help them make their purchases. In the production cycle, it means suppliers and manufacturers time and synchronize shipments and production based on demand signals from the retailer. And in the back room of the store, it means having the least amount of inventory, solving the "last yard" problem of the retail supply chain.

With 20 global service sites and standard service methods that have been validated over the last 30 years, RedPrairie provides unparalleled service and support. For additional information, call 1.877.733.7724, or access www.RedPrairie.com.

RedPrairie is a registered trademark of RedPrairie Corporation. E2e is a trademark of RedPrairie Corporation. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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