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    Shaw's Selects SmartOps to Improve Forecasting, Inventory, and Replenishment Processes

    PITTSBURGH -- To support corporate-wide initiatives in enhancing total supply chain performance, Shaw's Supermarkets will implement a new solution suite developed by SmartOps Corp., a provider of enterprise-class supply chain optimization software solutions.

    PITTSBURGH -- To support corporate-wide initiatives in enhancing total supply chain performance, Shaw's Supermarkets will implement a new solution suite developed by SmartOps Corp., a provider of enterprise-class supply chain optimization software solutions.

    Shaw's will roll out the SmartOps solutions in several phases to drive improvements within key planning areas of sales forecasting through advanced management of demand uncertainty and variability, multi-location inventory planning from distribution centers to its retail stores, and optimization of replenishment decisions to reduce total costs of carrying inventory.

    "We selected SmartOps because they deliver an impressive, end-to-end solution that will facilitate Shaw's efforts to improve our inventory planning, drive down the total cost of inventory, and allow us to ensure higher product availability and service to our customers," said Brian Pijanowski, Shaw's s.v.p. of buying and merchandising.

    The suite is comprised of several SmartOps software applications that optimize key supply chain operating targets, including inventory planning and optimization, advanced forecasting, supply planning and optimization, and recommended order quantity planning.

    All of the SmartOps applications are designed to both separately and collectively reduce the inefficiencies and costs that result from supply and demand uncertainties, multi-location/multistage complexities and interdependencies, silo-based planning decisions, and aggressive customer service goals.

    The suite will leverage data from Shaw's existing legacy and warehouse management system applications to dynamically optimize planning targets and offer decision support to planners and executives across multiple departments and functional roles.

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