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April 03, 2006 08:00 ET

Empire Distributors Deploy Cube Route Visibility Solution

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2006) -

Alcohol Distributor Nets Positive ROI Through Real Time Visibility Into Delivery Operations

Cube Route today announced that Empire Distributors, Inc., a wholesale distributor of alcoholic beverages in the Southeastern United States, is using the Cube Route Visibility Solution to gain insight into its delivery operations. The solution has already delivered a positive return on investment through increased driver productivity, better vehicle utilization and more effective customer service.

The Cube Route Visibility Solution is an on demand, subscription-based logistics management solution that provides transportation and distribution organizations with a simple, affordable way to monitor and manage delivery fleets. Using the Cube Route solution, dispatchers, managers and customer service representatives have a real-time view of driver movement and order status across an entire operation. Empire has deployed the Cube Route Visibility Solution at its Atlanta location, which is the largest of seven warehouses servicing major restaurants, bars, and grocery and liquor stores in Georgia and North Carolina.

"Before Cube Route, we had limited visibility into our delivery operations," said Dyrc Mcleod, Director of Operations at Empire. "Now we can effectively manage our business and use a wealth of real time and historical information to set delivery benchmarks, ensure our drivers are accountable for their routes, and measure productivity against a plan." A primary factor in selecting Cube Route was its on demand business model: Empire had no upfront capital costs to contend with; were up and running within two weeks; and, with universal access to real-time delivery information through a Web portal, can provide support agents and sales staff with the insight required to be more productive in sales and service.

Using GPS-enabled mobile phones, Cube Route initiates visibility the moment an Empire driver departs for the first stop. As soon as the driver leaves for that stop, GPS pings are sent from the phone, automatically updating the location, speed, and direction on maps on a dedicated Web site that can be accessed anywhere through a standard web browser.

"Empire is a leader in its market and is setting standards in business performance that should be adopted by other businesses with last mile delivery needs," said Alex Walker, CEO of Cube Route. "Using our solution, Empire will be able to continually optimize their operations and achieve an even greater return on their investment."

Empire Distributors Deploy Cube Route Visibility Solution

Cube Route enables Empire to monitor actual driver performance against engineered plans, giving the transportation managers vital information to continually improve route efficiency and reduce driver overtime. Cube Route enables Empire to monitor costs right down to each delivery and determine profitability levels for every route, driver and customer. Since deploying the Cube Route solution, Empire has improved on time delivery performance, reduced the number of returns from customers, and can track customer delays. Using this information, Empire can optimize its route structure to drive even greater operational efficiencies. Empire's sales staff also benefit from Cube Route by using real time delivery information for proactive client follow up. These combined benefits have delivered a return on investment in just six months.

About Cube Route

Cube Route provides on demand logistics management solutions to help transportation and distribution organizations lower their operating costs, improve customer service and reduce operational complexity. Offered on a pay-as-you-go subscription basis, Cube Route's solution for last mile logistics is used by organizations such as Peapod, Bad Boy Furniture, Stewart Foodservice and Stephenson's Rental Services to cost effectively manage and achieve visibility into the entire delivery process. From sequencing routes for optimal efficiency and tracking drivers in real time, to analyzing and applying historical data to boost operational performance, Cube Route delivers the most value at the lowest total cost of ownership. Cube Route's innovative offering has been recognized in 'Top 100' award listings in publications such as Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Food Logistics and Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies. For additional information on Cube Route visit www.cuberoute.com or call 1-877-227-6883.

About Empire Distributors

Empire Distributors, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of wine, spirits, beer, and bar beverages in the Southeastern United States. Since 1940, Empire has been committed to providing its customers with quality products at reasonable prices with the best service in the industry. Empire measures success as a combination of the successful development of their staff, execution of their brands, and providing the best possible customer service available in the alcoholic beverage industry. Additional information is available at www.empiredist.com.

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