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Selects 3M to Sustain Continuous Process Improvement and Optimisation. HighJump Warehouse Advantage from 3M chosen for low total cost of ownership, adaptability and value-added support offerings

Bracknell, UK, 18 March 2008 – 3M Supply Chain Solutions, the international operating arm of HighJump Software and a division of diversified technology company 3M, today announced that Premier Decorations, the UK's leading importer of Christmas decorations, summer outdoor living and Halloween products, has selected HighJump Warehouse Advantage for its Distribution Warehouse in Wrexham. 3M will provide the highest level of support to meet Premier's arrival of incoming products in preparation for the Christmas period.

Commenting, Ron Athwal, Logistics Operations Manager of Premier Decorations, said, “We started the search for a new warehouse management system (WMS ) in March 2007 after deciding we could find a more cost-effective alternative to our 3PL WMS contract. We wanted a system that would enable us to insource our distribution operations as well as meet and build upon the performance parameters expected in our state-of-the-art warehouse and logistics facility. During our evaluation process, HighJump Warehouse Advantage emerged as a clear winner for the lowest total cost of ownership over its lifetime. 3M's stability was also important as was its long-standing commitment to Microsoft technologies to ensure consistency throughout our supply chain.”

Premier Decorations is a small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) selling directly to retailers across a variety of segments. These include high street shops, 'do-it-yourself' stores, garden centres, department stores and wholesalers, as well as mail order companies and specialist outlets in the UK. The 265,000 sq. ft. distribution centre (DC) in Wrexham stocks approximately 8500 products.

The company prides itself on delivering the highest quality products and services to meet the rapidly changing needs and expectations of its customers. This means that the correctly specified product must be delivered to the designated place, at the right time. To ensure this quality management procedure, Premier already utilises an advanced voice-directed operation for picking and replenishment. The use of voice recognition for directing warehouse activities has enabled Premier to boost speed, accuracy and productivity levels in the DC, thus benefiting Premier's customers.

“The integration of voice in our WMS makes this an exciting project,” said Leo Valentin, General Manager EMEA for 3M's Supply Chain Solutions division. “In the future, Premier plans to further improve and integrate the voice system into new and uncommon voice-directed applications. 3M will be on hand to support these changes as well as the introduction of other sophisticated functionality to warehouse processes in the future.”

“This project also demonstrates 3M's ability to scale to meet the needs of fast-growing enterprises. Our WMS is able to give Premier a quick-win route to substantial operating efficiencies and access to a level of service and support often reserved for larger enterprises,” continued Leo.

For more information please visit www.3Msupplychainsolutions.com/uk.

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