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Crate and Barrel streamlines supply chain

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Multichannel home furnishings specialty retailer has tapped Kewill, a leading provider of software for supply chain execution, to help it consistently manage domestic and international shipments from multiple shipping locations across North America.

Crate and Barrel will utilize Kewill's Flagship parcel shipping and Netship expense management software to streamline its supply chain and integrate a roster of carriers to ensure it selects the best available rate and service every time.

“Supply chain efficiency is a key focus as we continue to plan for further global expansion," said Steve Pater, director of transportation at Crate and Barrel. "With the Kewill Flagship and Netship software, we are confident we have found a proven solution that is scalable and flexible, enabling us to grow our business with the confidence that our costs are minimized and our shipping processes are consistently followed."

“Retailers such as Crate and Barrel who achieve increased sales with a successful multichannel strategy also experience increased complexity in their fulfillment," said Jay Waldron, Kewill SVP of Americas sales. "Our shipping management solutions provide central control and visibility for our customers as well as consistency of experience and best value for their customers, regardless of their sales channel of choice or geographical location."

Kewill develops software in the areas of freight forwarding, customs and export compliance, parcel shipping, transportation and warehousing, e-commerce and B2B integration. The company, established in 1972, has more than 7,000 customers around the world, including FedEx, Ford, Nestlé, Nike, Palm, Procter & Gamble, Parker Hannifin, Overstock.com, GE Healthcare Bayer, Black & Decker, DHL, Hankyu Hanshin, Hitachi, Ingersoll Rand, Mothercare, UPS, Scott's & Co. and TNT.