Automotive Third-Party Logistics Provider Selects FlexNe From Apriso

LONG BEACH, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 7, 2005— Supplier City, a provider of third-party logistics (3PL) services to automotive suppliers, has selected FlexNet(TM) from Apriso(R) Corporation, the global leader in real-time solutions for supply network operations. Supplier City will use the software program to automate customer-specific processes, adjust them as needed by the customer, provide benchmarking, and satisfy other key 3PL requirements.

Located in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Supplier City manages and stores inventory, handles customs and importation, and satisfies transportation needs for Tier 2 and 3 automotive suppliers that outsource their warehouse and manufacturing operations.

Recently, the local Ford Motor Company plant increased production output, driving many of its Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to open operations close to Ford's plant. The sudden influx of new suppliers -- each with its own set of complex 3PL requirements -- created a potential windfall opportunity Supplier City was not equipped to handle.

The company required a technology platform that would enable them to meet customer requirements and win new business, putting them on an equal competitive footing with the global 3PL providers that were moving into their market. The platform had to support inbound/outbound logistics; manage, control, and automate inventory processes; and automate contract manufacturing for semi-finished goods with serialized tracking and project costing controls.

Supplier City found its answer in FlexNet: a dynamic, Web-based suite of applications that can be tailored to almost any manufacturing or supply chain scenario. FlexNet integrates essential elements of a company's extended value chain -- including people, material, machines, and processes -- with those of their suppliers, transferring real-time data, signals, key performance indicators, or business intelligence to any location in the world for any operational purpose.

FlexNet will allow Supplier City to track and trace materials, build kits, replenish stock, and schedule deliveries onto trucks, while at the same time notifying the customer of material movements and time and use of space. This wide, real-time visibility of logistics-related activity brings equal benefit to all parties: Supply City will be able to turn its customers' inventory more quickly, resulting in lower overhead costs and faster cash flow for each.

"The unique demands our customers place on us require a technology platform with a high degree of flexibility," said Enrique Mazon C, general director, Supplier City. "After considering a number of different solutions, we chose FlexNet to help us manage the diverse, very specific services we provide for our customers. With the software, we can remain competitive by offering services that meet our customers' needs more closely than our competitors can."

Apriso's past and current automotive customers include Saint-Gobain, the world's largest supplier of automotive glass; Valeo; Lear; and Volkswagen.

Pricing and Availability

FlexNet is sold directly by Apriso and through certified resellers. Pricing is based upon the number of modules purchased and company size. For further information, call 888-400-7587.

About Apriso Corporation

Apriso is the leader in delivering real-time solutions for Supply Network Operations. This new class of enterprise software enables global operations to define, operate, and monitor supply, production, and distribution processes in real time, globally. Apriso's software, known as FlexNet(R), is a dynamic, Web-services-based suite of applications that synchronizes the execution of real-time manufacturing and supply chain operations across supply networks.

Apriso operates in 9 countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The company has more than 140 customers and over 350 installations worldwide. Its rapidly growing customer base includes such high-profile, global companies as General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, Microsoft, Merck, Lockheed Martin, ITT, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, International Paper, Rubbermaid, Matsushita Avionics Systems, Saint-Gobain, Pechiney, and British American Tobacco. For more information, visit the Apriso Web site at

Apriso is a registered trademark of Apriso Corporation. FlexNet is a trademark of Apriso Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Apriso Corporation
Gerry Ansel, 562-951-9068

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