xpedx Adds Radio Frequency-Enabled Information Technology at Top U.S. Distribution Centers

CINCINNATI, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- xpedx(R) today said it has begun upgrading its U.S. distribution network with a radio frequency (RF)-enabled warehouse management system that will bring important new advantages and expanded services to xpedx customers worldwide.

CINCINNATI, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — xpedx(R) today said it has begun upgrading its U.S. distribution network with a radio frequency (RF)-enabled warehouse management system that will bring important new advantages and expanded services to xpedx customers worldwide.

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xpedx has contracted with RedPrairie(R), a global provider of supply chain management software, to provide the new information technology and related services that will be used across the xpedx distribution network.

Upon implementation, xpedx customers will see benefits including increased supply chain productivity, activity-based costing and other measurement tools, order accuracy and quicker order turnaround, shorter travel time and real-time inventory tracking.

xpedx said the new warehouse management system will also enable it to expand delivery of high-demand kitting, fulfillment and inventory consignment services.

"Our goal is repeatable logistics excellence — delivering the perfect order at the right time, every single time," said Art Douville, executive vice president of operations for xpedx. "This new warehouse management system will give xpedx and its customers unprecedented visibility and control over products throughout the supply chain."

xpedx said the RedPrairie technology will deliver new efficiencies and productivity advantages companywide and across the more than 100,000 SKUs it actively manages every day in its North American distribution network.

About RedPrairie Corporation

RedPrairie is a world leading consumer driven optimization company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 15 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 32,000 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.

About xpedx

Cincinnati-based xpedx, an International Paper company (NYSE: IP), is one of the largest distributors in North America with more than $7.3 billion in 2007 annual sales and 265 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It is a major supplier of equipment and supplies to commercial printers, manufacturers, facility owners/managers, retailers, global transportation companies and many other companies. xpedx does business with the majority of the Fortune 500.

xpedx also provides the full scope of third-party logistics services under its xpedx Supply Chain Services business, which provides asset and order management, business integration, warehousing and distribution, transportation management, reverse logistics, ocean freight services, customs brokerage, supplier relationship management and performance measurement.

The company's reach extends internationally through its alliance with Paris-based Geodis, one of the world's largest third-party logistics providers, and with Paris-based Antalis, a global supplier of paper and packaging products.

xpedx has one of the largest business to business e-commerce systems in North America anchored by xpedx.com, which last year handled more than 5.8 million transactions online worldwide.

Other xpedx businesses include Cincinnati-based Saalfeld(R) Redistribution; xpedx Printing Technologies, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Ryobi-branded offset printing presses; Chicago-based xpedx Stores, a network of more than 150 retail paper and graphics stores and publishing industry suppliers Bulkley Dunton Publishing Group(R) and Strategic Paper Group. For more information about xpedx, visit www.xpedx.com.

Note: xpedx is a registered trademark of International Paper Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACTS: Frank DeLost, director of supply chain logistics, 513-965-2912; Jeff Neely, director of sales, xpedx Supply Chain Services, 888-234-6323; Lisa Jonas, xpedx business communications, 513-965-2938; Press/Analysts: Erik Godchaux, Media Strategy Group, 608-256-4540

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