ToolsGroup and LLamasoft Ally for Supply Chain Optimization and Planning

BOSTON and ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ToolsGroup and LLamasoft today announced a new strategic alliance to bring their complementary best-in-class supply chain optimization and planning solutions to the market. 

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Both companies are seen as innovators and leaders in their respective fields, with LLamasoft focusing on supply chain design and ToolsGroup on supply chain planning. This new alliance will help both companies provide their customers with a wider range of solutions to fit their specific supply chain optimization requirements and provide clients an increased ability to operationalize Sales Inventory and Operations Planning (SI&OP) decisions.

One joint customer who is already deploying both companies' software at a single client site is Optilon, a partner in Scandinavia to both ToolsGroup and LLamasoft. "We are working together with both solutions providers to drive a holistic supply chain planning and optimization approach for our customer," said Optilon CEO Richard Barkevall.

"Many global companies have deployed both LLamasoft and ToolsGroup solutions side-by-side for years," stated Pat Smith, General Manager – North America, ToolsGroup. "By aligning ourselves with LLamasoft, we can offer our clients truly complementary capabilities to enable a best-in-breed design and planning solution."

Jason Brewer, LLamasoft's Director of Global Alliances added, "ToolsGroup's planning capabilities in the areas of demand analytics and inventory management are impressive, and their approach to innovation and product excellence matches LLamasoft's culture extremely well.  We are very excited to be collaborating with ToolsGroup to help promote cutting-edge supply chain optimization solutions to our customers and prospects."

The alliance was announced at ToolsGroup's North American User Forum in Boston, attended by executives from the consumer goods, apparel, medical equipment, internet retailing and other manufacturing, retail and distribution industries.

About LLamasoft
LLamasoft provides software and expertise to design and improve supply chain network operations. Supply Chain Guru® is the leading supply chain design application available in the market today.  It enables companies to model, optimize and simulate their supply chain operations, leading to major improvements in transportation, inventory, sourcing, and production. For more information, visit www.llamasoft.com or contact info@llamasoft.com.

About ToolsGroup
ToolsGroup (www.toolsgroup.com) is a global provider of Powerfully Simple supply chain planning software. Our customers overcome volatile demand and challenging supply chains to generate accurate forecasts and outstanding customer-service levels with less global inventory.  Reliable behind-the-screen technology and scalable statistical models enable highly intelligent data-driven decision making. ToolsGroup's solutions span key supply chain planning areas such as Demand Forecasting, S&OP, Demand Sensing, Promotion Forecasting and Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization.

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