JRG Announces Enhanced On-Demand Supply Chain Planning Suite 4.0 For Demand-Driven Manufacturing

SAN MATEO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 26, 2005— JRG, provider of the first on-demand supply chain planning solution for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry, today announced the JRG Supply Chain Planning Suite 4.0, enabling demand-driven manufacturing with continuous synchronization between customers' headquarters and factories. With JRG 4.0, CPG manufacturers will be able to more easily and deeply leverage the innovative capabilities of JRG Factory Scheduler, Performance Manager and Enterprise Planner to reduce out-of-stocks, increase perfect order performance, lower inventories and reduce operating expenses.

In order to succeed in today's competitive global market, manufacturers need a demand-driven supply chain enabling them to build-to-consumption. JRG SCP 4.0 enables CPG manufacturers to plan, schedule and adapt to retail demand in real-time, reducing out-of-stocks, increasing perfect order performance, lowering inventories and reducing operating expenses. JRG is delivered on-demand, eliminating the huge time and money required by traditional enterprise software implementations as well as maintenance and upgrades.

"At Weetabix Canada we needed a better way to build-to-order, thereby reducing inventory, in an effort to stave off or forestall additional warehouse space," said Paul Whitehead, Plant Manager, Weetabix of Canada. "JRG's on-demand solution gave us the technology we needed to manage our entire supply chain, enabling collaboration between headquarters and plants so that we could better handle demand, improve planning and scheduling, scale to the company's increased production needs and align the overall supply chain with enterprise-level objectives."

With JRG 4.0, manufacturers will be able to further leverage the innovative capabilities of Factory Scheduler and Performance Manager to create a manufacturing culture of customer responsiveness, corporate accountability, and enterprise collaboration. Factory Scheduler can be used for detailed scheduling and performance management within a company's plant. Enterprise Planner is used by a company's headquarters to manage production planning across a network of plants.

JRG SCP 4.0 delivers innovative enhancements in these major areas:

-- New user interface and usability enhancements for greater ease of use

-- Custom links for further flexibility

-- New sequencing and scheduling options, including sequencing by demand, supply, or both

-- Pack Off Advisor enhancements

-- Enhanced reporting support for Production Task Data, Alternate Units of Measure, Inventory, BOMs and Demand Attributes

-- Single-factory Performance Manager capabilities integrated in Factory Scheduler, including configurable reporting with email distribution

-- Automatic single sign-on to Performance Manager

-- Configurable reporting enhancements in Performance Manager

-- Workflow tasks in Performance Manager to make performance reports more actionable

"Today's manufacturers need to become agile and lean, able to act and react quickly and dynamically across all aspects of the supply chain in order to fill orders fast, as they come in," said Jonathon Knight, CEO and co-founder at JRG. "JRG's on-demand Supply Chain Planning Suite 4.0 offers our customers a set of new features that will better enable them to proactively and quickly manage their supply chain as well as offer greater insight, synchronization and collaboration between enterprise level business goals and multi-factory production."

About JRG On-Demand Supply Chain Planning Suite

JRG on-demand, multi-factory Supply Chain Planning Suite 4.0 helps manufacturers connect their factories directly to retailers to schedule and re-schedule production daily based on retailer demand. The suite delivers forward-looking, performance management to anticipate supply chain disruption before it occurs, as well as team planning to eliminate organizational silos and create a faster, more responsive organization. Suite components include:

-- JRG Factory Scheduler(TM) - A graphical production scheduling system that updates the factory schedule weekly, daily, or hourly. The system takes demand as an input, and balances forecasts or actual orders against available material, labor, and capacity.

-- JRG Enterprise Planner(TM) - A supply chain planning tool that enables a manufacturer to continuously adjust production plans across a supply network of factories to meet rapidly changing demand from its customers.

-- JRG Performance Manager(TM) - A management tool that sets forward-looking factory performance objectives and monitors performance against those metrics. The objectives become input into Factory Scheduler - integrating management objectives directly into the production scheduling process.

Pricing & Availability

JRG on-demand Supply Chain Planning Suite 4.0 is available now for a flat monthly subscription fee at a fraction of the cost of traditional supply chain software. Implementations are completed in ten weeks or less at no additional cost to the customer. For more information, please visit http://www.jrgsystems.com/solutions.jsp.

About JRG

JRG, Inc. is the leader in providing build-to-consumption production scheduling solutions for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. The JRG product suite includes JRG Factory Scheduler, JRG Enterprise Planner and JRG Performance Manager, enabling customers to deliver on-time to Wal-Mart and other power retailers, while minimizing production and inventory carrying costs. JRG is located in San Mateo, Calif., and was founded in 2001. For more information, contact JRG by phone 1-866-574-7638, email info@jrgsystems.com or visit: www.jrgsystems.com.

The following are trademarks of JRG, Inc.: JRG, JRG logo, JRG Factory Scheduler, JRG Performance Manager, JRG Enterprise Planner, JRG Adaptive Learning, JRG Scorecard, JRG Visual Planning Board, Build-to-Consumption.



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