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SAN DIEGO - Shaw's Supermarkets Inc. has licensed the i2 Supply Chain Strategist planning and optimization tool from the i2 Supply Chain Management suite of applications. The company says it has already recognized significant efficiencies using the i2 technology during a pilot program.
"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. 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."
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.