SSA Global

SSA Global

September 21, 2005 12:31 ET

Anna's Linens Selects SSA Global Transportation Solution

CHICAGO and ORLANDO, Fla.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 21, 2005) -

SSA Transportation Execution will provide visibility into shipments, improve tracking and cut costs

At its annual Global Client Forum in Orlando, FL, SSA Global™ (NASDAQ:SSAG), a leading global provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, today announced that Anna's Linens, a national specialty-retailer with revenues surpassing $225 million, will implement SSA Transportation Execution in order to improve visibility into shipments and on-time performance with third party logistics (3PL) providers.

Anna's Linens is a specialty retailer of high quality, value priced domestic and home furnishings, including bed linens, window coverings, bath accessories and other home decor items. As of September 2005, it operated 200 stores in 14 states, and has opened 31 new stores in 2005. This growth strategy is driving the demand for expanded transportation and supply chain management capabilities.

After an internal review and assessment process, Anna's Linens conducted an external evaluation of several supply chain and transportation management solution providers, and found that SSA Global, a company well known for its mid-market expertise, offered functionally-rich solutions and a Web-based system with a lower total cost that promises quicker implementation.

"Anna's engaged in a six month process of interviewing and testing a variety of software applications and service providers, and chose SSA Global as the most effective platform for our company. SSA Global is the best match for a company our size, and they are a partner we can grow with," stated Thomas Addis, vice president of transportation and logistics, Anna's Linens. "Anna's takes pride in offering quality products at lower prices. With SSA Transportation Execution, Anna's will better control transportation costs, improve visibility into shipments and be poised to meet our expansion goals."

SSA Transportation Execution will help Anna's streamline its transportation processes in real time. Using SSA Transportation Execution, Anna's, working together with vendors and third party logistics providers will be able to automate the transportation execution framework, calibrate rates and transportation data, and improve on-time service performance. It will also provide greater visibility and control of inventory in motion across the supply chain, reducing logistics costs while improving procurement, fulfillment, and customer service.

"With SSA Transportation Execution, SSA Global offers a complete solution that manages the entire shipment lifecycle from planning and execution to settlement. As Anna's Linens continues its expansion, SSA Global will be there with the right solutions and experienced staff to support their growing demand, whether it is ERP or an extended ERP solution," concluded Jim Handy, president strategic solutions, SSA Global.

About Anna's Linens

Anna's Linens, headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, is a rapidly growing specialty retailer of quality, value priced domestics and home furnishings. The company was founded in 1987 by its current president and chief executive officer, Alan Gladstone, who named the company after his mother, Anna. Anna's Linens operates 200 stores in 14 states, with over 1700 employees. Anna's plans to open 50 new stores in 2005 and enter new markets that include Washington DC/Baltimore, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando and Milwaukee. As Anna's continues on its growth strategy it will provide further employment opportunities to individuals in these new regions. For additional information, visit the Anna's Linens website at

About SSA Global

SSA Global™ (NASDAQ: SSAG) is a leading provider of extended ERP solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, services and public organizations worldwide. In addition to core ERP applications, SSA Global offers a full range of integrated extension solutions including corporate performance management, customer relationship management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management. Headquartered in Chicago, SSA Global has 63 locations worldwide and its product offerings are used by approximately 13,000 active customers in over 90 countries. For additional information, visit the SSA Global web site at

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