September 17, 2007


Ability to Scale Software to Support Rapid Supply Chain Growth a Key Factor

CHICAGO – September 17, 2007 –John Galt Solutions, the leading provider of affordable planning solutions for the consumer-driven supply chain, today announced that Burt’s Bees, a leading manufacturer of earth-friendly natural personal-care products, has selected the Atlas Planning Suite for their forecasting needs.

Burt's Bees produces its world famous lip balm, skin care, natural remedies, and over 150 other personal care products from natural ingredients such as beeswax, therapeutic herbs and botanical oils. Initially these products were only sold in drug stores, boutiques, and health foods stores throughout North America. But now, with the dramatic rise in popularity of its products, the Burt’s Bees supply chain has also grown rapidly, doubling in size over the last 3 years.

“Today our customers range from mass merchandisers like Target to small boutiques, so forecasting has become even more complex,” commented Mike Robertson, director of financial analysis and planning for Burt’s Bees.  “We have been very satisfied with the results from John Galt’s entry level forecasting tool, the ForecastX Wizard, during the last two years, as well as their vision for growing the demand planning process in our organization.”

“Our proprietary Walk, Drive, Fly methodology is designed to support rapidly growing companies like Burt’s Bees,” stated Anne Omrod, John Galt CEO.  Initially companies ‘Walk’ with the ForecastX Wizard and Microsoft Excel, streamlining their internal planning process; then they ‘Drive’ faster with the Atlas Planning Suite, analyzing trends, automating exception management and including customer input; finally they can ‘Fly’ by adding Point-of-Sale (POS) forecasting to develop a demand-driven supply chain.

“After reviewing several alternatives, we selected John Galt’s Atlas Planning solution due to its apparent comprehensive ability to accommodate the entire forecasting process including promotional events and point-of-sale (POS) data,” remarked Robertson.

“The Atlas Planning suite appears to meet all of our requirements and offers a clean, intuitive user interface.  We are looking forward to moving the application into production and delivering value to our supply chain.” concluded Max Gravitt, senior manager of business applications.  Companies using the Atlas Planning suite can rapidly increase forecast accuracy and maximize supply chain performance within a few weeks since each module is designed to be implemented quickly without a large scale consulting effort.

About John Galt Solutions
John Galt Solutions helps increase forecast accuracy and optimize inventory levels in consumer-driven supply chains. With the ForecastX Wizard and the Atlas Planning Suite, we provide a wide range of affordable, easy to implement, supply chain planning solutions designed for growing mid-market companies. Over 5,000 customers have benefited from our deep industry expertise and innovative technologies. Industry leaders such as Bayer Crop Science, DuPont, Fidelity Investments, Hasbro Games, Huhtamaki, Sealy, Syngenta Crop Protection, and The Container Store have improved their bottom line through increased revenues and inventory cost reductions. To learn more please visitwww.JohnGalt.com or call 312.701.9026.

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