Leisure Arts Achieves Immediate ROI With Manhattan Associates' PkMS

Improvements in Inventory Accuracy and Availability

Increase Company's Speed-to-Market



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Manhattan Associates

    ATLANTA, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Manhattan Associates (Nasdaq: MANH), a
 global leader in providing supply chain execution and collaborative commerce
 solutions, today announced that Leisure Arts achieved up to 50% reduction in
 shipping time during the first quarter of 2001, approximately one month after
 going live with Manhattan Associates' advanced warehouse management system
 PkMS(R).
     Leisure Arts, a subsidiary of AOL/Time Warner, is the leading needlework
 and craft publisher and distributor of arts and crafts manuals and magazines.
 In addition to its own books, Leisure Arts distributes best-selling
 publications including Martha Stewart Living(TM), Southern Living(TM),
 Sunset(TM) and Cooking Light(TM).
     PkMS has provided an immediate return on investment (ROI) in Leisure Arts'
 250,000 square foot distribution center in Little Rock, Arkansas, where it
 manages all wholesale and retail fulfillment.  "We used to ship around 15,000
 lines per day and struggled to accomplish that with the old system," said
 Hermine Linz, director of IT for Leisure Arts.  "Now, our shipping volume is
 up between 15%-43% per day, depending on the daily order mix.  Even with this
 increase, it takes us less time and fewer people to process our orders.
 Definitely, for us, the three biggest benefits of PkMS have been inventory
 accuracy, inventory availability and the increased speed-to-market that the
 improved inventory accuracy gives us."
     Leisure Arts and Manhattan Associates adopted a phased approach to the
 implementation, installing outbound functionality before moving to the second
 phase of inbound functionality.  This phased approach reduced project risk and
 enabled Leisure Arts to become easily familiar with PkMS by specific
 functional area.  "The Leisure Arts team worked closely with ours to take
 ownership of the project, ensuring its success," said Rick Franke, senior
 director of consulting services for Manhattan Associates.  "That, combined
 with our phased approach to the implementation, allowed all parties to
 establish a level of comfort with all aspects of the system -- a very
 manageable way to install a warehouse management system."
     Leisure Arts also plans to implement SlotInfo(TM), Manhattan Associates'
 pick layout optimization software.  SlotInfo optimizes the placement of items
 in the pickline on a continuous basis, resulting in reduced labor costs, fewer
 workers' compensation claims and greater throughput.
 
     About Leisure Arts
     Leisure Arts publishes and markets lifestyle books and instructional
 materials through the craft, home & garden and book trade channels.  The
 company's headquarters and distribution center are located in Little Rock,
 Arkansas.  Leisure Arts is a global distributor with customers in all 50
 states, Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico, South America and Asia.  For more
 information, please visit www.business.leisurearts.com .
 
     About Manhattan Associates
     Manhattan Associates, Inc. is a global leader in providing supply chain
 execution and collaborative commerce solutions. These solutions leverage
 state-of-the-art technologies, innovative practices and the company's domain
 expertise to enhance performance, profitability and competitive advantage.
 Manhattan Associates has licensed more than 800 customers representing 1,100
 facilities worldwide, which include some of the world's leading manufacturers,
 suppliers and retailers.  For more information about Manhattan Associates
 telephone 770.955.7070 or visit www.manh.com .
 
 

SOURCE Manhattan Associates
    ATLANTA, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Manhattan Associates (Nasdaq: MANH), a
 global leader in providing supply chain execution and collaborative commerce
 solutions, today announced that Leisure Arts achieved up to 50% reduction in
 shipping time during the first quarter of 2001, approximately one month after
 going live with Manhattan Associates' advanced warehouse management system
 PkMS(R).
     Leisure Arts, a subsidiary of AOL/Time Warner, is the leading needlework
 and craft publisher and distributor of arts and crafts manuals and magazines.
 In addition to its own books, Leisure Arts distributes best-selling
 publications including Martha Stewart Living(TM), Southern Living(TM),
 Sunset(TM) and Cooking Light(TM).
     PkMS has provided an immediate return on investment (ROI) in Leisure Arts'
 250,000 square foot distribution center in Little Rock, Arkansas, where it
 manages all wholesale and retail fulfillment.  "We used to ship around 15,000
 lines per day and struggled to accomplish that with the old system," said
 Hermine Linz, director of IT for Leisure Arts.  "Now, our shipping volume is
 up between 15%-43% per day, depending on the daily order mix.  Even with this
 increase, it takes us less time and fewer people to process our orders.
 Definitely, for us, the three biggest benefits of PkMS have been inventory
 accuracy, inventory availability and the increased speed-to-market that the
 improved inventory accuracy gives us."
     Leisure Arts and Manhattan Associates adopted a phased approach to the
 implementation, installing outbound functionality before moving to the second
 phase of inbound functionality.  This phased approach reduced project risk and
 enabled Leisure Arts to become easily familiar with PkMS by specific
 functional area.  "The Leisure Arts team worked closely with ours to take
 ownership of the project, ensuring its success," said Rick Franke, senior
 director of consulting services for Manhattan Associates.  "That, combined
 with our phased approach to the implementation, allowed all parties to
 establish a level of comfort with all aspects of the system -- a very
 manageable way to install a warehouse management system."
     Leisure Arts also plans to implement SlotInfo(TM), Manhattan Associates'
 pick layout optimization software.  SlotInfo optimizes the placement of items
 in the pickline on a continuous basis, resulting in reduced labor costs, fewer
 workers' compensation claims and greater throughput.
 
     About Leisure Arts
     Leisure Arts publishes and markets lifestyle books and instructional
 materials through the craft, home & garden and book trade channels.  The
 company's headquarters and distribution center are located in Little Rock,
 Arkansas.  Leisure Arts is a global distributor with customers in all 50
 states, Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico, South America and Asia.  For more
 information, please visit www.business.leisurearts.com .
 
     About Manhattan Associates
     Manhattan Associates, Inc. is a global leader in providing supply chain
 execution and collaborative commerce solutions. These solutions leverage
 state-of-the-art technologies, innovative practices and the company's domain
 expertise to enhance performance, profitability and competitive advantage.
 Manhattan Associates has licensed more than 800 customers representing 1,100
 facilities worldwide, which include some of the world's leading manufacturers,
 suppliers and retailers.  For more information about Manhattan Associates
 telephone 770.955.7070 or visit www.manh.com .
 
 SOURCE  Manhattan Associates