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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:00PM IST (7:30AM GMT)
 
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Savi Technology Chosen to Automate Woolworths UK Retail Supply Chain
Savi Software and Automated Data Collection System Deployed to Reduce Theft and Improve Management of Conveyances
 
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Savi Technology, a provider of real-time solutions for the supply chain, has been selected to build an automated information system for real-time management and security of shipments between Woolworths UK's distribution center and retail outlets. Savi is partnering with Microlise, a leading UK-based logistics industry systems integrator, to fulfill the contract with Woolworths, one of the United Kingdom's largest retailers with 800 stores and 2.3 billion Pounds Sterling in annual sales.

The real-time information network will improve management and security of products transported by dollies, roll cages, and totes. Using Savi's web-based SmartChain(TM) software platform, which is linked with wireless tracking systems, the real-time network will reduce inventory shrinkage and improve operational efficiency, inventory management and customer service.

Rollout of the project, which initially involves distribution between Woolworths' National Distribution Center in Swindon and a selection of its retail outlets, began this month and will extend into early 2003, when results will be assessed for further system wide implementations.

In a project funded in part by the UK government "Chipping of Goods Initiative," Woolworths is deploying the Savi Asset Management System software application for Reusable Transportation Containers (RTCs), the Savi SmartChain platform, which transforms raw data into actionable information and drives automated alerts, and Savi EchoPoint Series 600 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and readers to automatically collect and transmit data related to conveyances moving between the distribution center and stores.

"Woolworths chose Savi, Microlise and IPI as their partners because of their expertise in the areas of supply chain tracking and systems integration," said Geoff O'Neill, Head of Woolworths Central Logistics for New Sales Channels. "This exciting application will provide Woolworths with real-time visibility of the whereabouts of its stock, improve operational efficiency and prevent crime within the supply chain by providing an audit trail of who picked merchandise, its current location, its destination, and everyone who handled it along the supply chain."

"Savi Technology is eager to demonstrate the value of our unique and proven real-time solution to help Woolworths gain better control and security of its supply chain assets while improving its operational efficiency, processes, visibility, and service," said Mark McGlade, Savi's managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Some 16,500 EchoPoint Series 600 active smart tags will be affixed to Woolworths conveyances. These small Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices transmit their location and status to Savi's SmartChain(TM) platform, where web-based software enables users to manage the assets and receive event-related alerts, such as tampering of containers, at their desktop computer screens.

ABOUT SAVI TECHNOLOGY

Savi Technology, founded in 1989, provides government and commercial enterprise customers with real-time supply chain asset management and security solutions. For additional information, visit www.savi.com.

Note to Editors: This is a truncated version, for the complete news release please refer to
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