AMERICAN PAPER & PLASTICS, INC. SELECTS ACUMEN GROUP TO FOSTER FUTURE GROWTH BY IMPROVED INVENTORY MANAGEMENT & TRANSPARENCY FOR RESTAURANT & PAPER PRODUCTS DISTRIBUTOR

Los Angeles, CA – December 31, 2009American Paper and Plastics, Inc., an El Monte, California-based wholesale distributor of restaurant and paper products, has selected Acumen Group, a founding partner of Distributor’s EDGE, to deploy Infor’s SX.enterprise, a robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution with powerful warehousing capabilities to manage growth and operations across North America. SX.enterprise will provide the company with greater transparency to manage inventory and improve supply chain management, forecasting and workflow.

American Paper and Plastics selected ERP SX.enterprise because the solution’s supply chain coverage capabilities, including order management, planning and inventory visibility functions, will help the company manage its growing customer and supplier base. The Integrated Warehouse Management (IWM) module within SX.enterprise will afford American Paper and Plastics heightened visibility across its multiple warehouses and real-time data management for workflow elements including shipping, receiving and inventory adjustment.

“Our inventory is our number one asset and it is important that our ERP system improves visibility and gives us real time tools to make smart and fast business decisions. This will also allow us to leverage our buying power and give our customers the best possible price, on time and when they need it,” Johnny Johnson, American Paper and Plastics COO. “Acumen has proven itself to us, as an innovative and reliable partner to other companies in the distribution industry and with their domain experience with Infor’s SX.enterprise solution we will give our company the ability to access and manage data more easily. The solution’s flexibility and Acumen’s industry expertise ensure that the solution will be a powerful asset to American Paper and Plastics to give us the competitive advantage we have been looking for.”

After reviewing a host of possibilities with other ERP vendors, American Paper and Plastics determined that the industry specific knowledge within Acumen Group and the functionality offered by Infor’s SX.enterprise was the ideal fit for its anticipated growth and emerging business needs. The solution’s flexibility and Infor’s roadmap for future development was key to American Paper and Plastics decision to implement ERP SX.enterprise.

The decision to move from American Paper and Plastics previous software vendor Activant (StanPak) came after 12 months of internal justification and demonstrations, which Acumen came out as the unanimous decision.

“Distributors today must improve their visibility and workflow, inventory management and customer service to increase productivity and remain competitively viable,” says David Hallworth, Director of Sales at Acumen Group. “Acumen and its vendors supply such a quality end-to-end inventory management and supply visibility replenishment provides distributors with the tools necessary to manage their intricate business environments.“

About American Paper and Plastics, Inc.
APP, Inc. has built its business on a solid tradition of service and boundless loyalty to its customers. APP, Inc. helps their customers choose the right shape, size, material, design and quantity for their food packaging needs. Then, they deliver the right products, in the right quantity, at the right price to your business the very next day.

APP, Inc.’s extraordinary dedication to service, their tradition of building partnerships with their clients, and their competitive prices, have made them California’s first choice for food packaging and janitorial supplies.

For more information on American Paper and Plastics, please visit their website.

About Acumen Group
Acumen Group, a founding partner of Distributor’s EDGE, delivers integrated best-in-class solutions that address the essential challenges that distributors face in all areas of their businesses such as financials, supply chain planning, relationship management, demand management, ERP, warehouse management, business intelligence and Ecommerce.

Acumen’s mission “is to provide the distribution marketplace with comprehensive business solutions.” Acumen has worked with hundreds of distributors just like you to implement best practices in customer service, inventory management, logistics, warehouse management and fiscal consistency.

For more information on Acumen, please visit our website.