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May 1, 2009

Heinz selects Sterling Commerce for managing its logistics operations

Implemented freight payment module of Sterling TMS that automates the freight invoicing and payment processes

By CBR Staff Writer

Sterling Commerce, an AT&T company, has announced that HJ Heinz Company has transformed its logistics operations with Sterling Commerce business integration and supply chain execution applications.

According to Sterling Commerce, Heinz now manages its complex logistics network of more than 1,200 suppliers shipping to more than 20 US plant locations and then on to hundreds of customers from end-to-end.

Heinz has implemented components of Sterling Business Integration Suite and Sterling Transportation Management System (TMS) from Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite as the foundation for its logistics operations implementation. In 2006, its inbound logistics operations were managed by Heinz’ suppliers and carriers. The company recently implemented the freight payment module of Sterling TMS, a final step that completes the end-to-end process by automating the freight invoicing and payment processes with its carriers.

David White, manager of dry warehousing for Heinz, said: Gaining control over our inbound logistics has been ‘game changing’ for Heinz. Connectivity was the key. We started to gain a clearer view into the way our network works, and saw the easiest and greatest opportunities for making the network more efficient with minimal service interruption. From there, Sterling TMS provided us with complete control over our inbound freight, enabling us to take advantage of cost-savings opportunities more efficiently.

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