updated 11/30/2010 5:45:25 AM ET 2010-11-30T10:45:25

SHANGHAI, China and ATLANTA, Nov. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QKL Stores Inc., a leading regional supermarket chain in Northeast China, has completed the successful deployment of Manhattan Associates ' (Nasdaq:MANH) logistics execution system, Manhattan SCALE™ : Supply Chain Architected for Logistics Execution, at its new 211,000 square foot regional distribution center (RDC) in Harbin, Heilongjiang.

The successful implementation of Manhattan SCALE has enabled QKL Stores to increase picking options within the facility (by pallet, carton, split case) and introduce accelerated distribution techniques such as cross-docking and flow-through. Simplified Chinese language support also now ensures data integrity within QKL Stores' local workforce.

As a result, the business has experienced widespread benefits including enhanced distribution capabilities, improved inventory accuracy, reduced inventory-carrying costs and higher productivity within the DC, while from an overall supply chain technology perspective, QKL has reduced the total cost of system ownership. In addition, the company has also streamlined its transportation operations, significantly leveraging the Manhattan SCALE system.

"Building and implementing this world-class distribution infrastructure has enabled us to grow our business significantly and improve the efficiency of product delivery, helping us raise the bar on service quality," said Alan Stewart, chief operations officer, QKL Stores Inc. "We're now able to work directly with manufacturers, knowing we can accommodate large volumes of any particular product."

"The results speak for themselves, and prove we made the right decision to work with Manhattan Associates," continued Stewart. "They have demonstrated time and again that they clearly understand the ambitions of a fast growing company like QKL Stores."

To read the entire release, please visit http://www.manh.com/news/qkl-stores-expands-grocery-retailing-business-china-manhattan-scale .

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About QKL Stores Inc.

Based in DaQing, China, QKL Stores Inc. is a leading regional supermarket chain operating in Northeast China. QKL Stores sells a broad selection of merchandise, including groceries, fresh food, and non-food items, through its retail supermarkets, hypermarket stores, and department stores. For more information, please visit www.qkl.cn .

About Manhattan Associates, Inc.

Manhattan Associates continues to deliver on its 20-year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimisation core to their strategic market leadership. The company's supply chain innovations include: Manhattan SCOPE®, a portfolio of software solutions and technology that leverages a Supply Chain Process Platform to help organisations optimise their supply chains from planning through execution; Manhattan SCALE™, a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft .NET technology; and Manhattan Carrier™, a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry. For more information, please visit www.manh.com .

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