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Laboratoires Pierre Fabre Relies on Manhattan Associates to Increase Supply Chain Competitiveness

PARIS and ATLANTA, April 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global supply chain optimization provider, Manhattan Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq:MANH), today announced that global pharmaceutical company Laboratoires Pierre Fabre has selected multiple components from the Manhattan SCOPE® supply chain solutions portfolio to support its expected business growth. Laboratoires Pierre Fabre is deploying Manhattan's Warehouse Management, Labor Management and Extended Enterprise Management (EEM) solutions to improve its supply chain efficiency and enhance its overall competitiveness in France and around the world.

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Laboratoires Pierre Fabre, the second largest independent French pharmaceutical company, has 42 branches, markets its products in more than 130 countries and employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide. Pierre Fabre's activities cover all aspects of healthcare - from prescription medicines and family health products to natural healthcare and dermo-cosmetics.

Christophe Ettviller, logistics director at Laboratoires Pierre Fabre SA, said, "With three separate and diverse operating divisions, multiple product brands and a global footprint, Laboratoires Pierre Fabre's supply chain must manage a significant degree of complexity and continually adapt to an ever-changing market environment. Within that context, it was imperative for us to standardize our supply chain processes so we could in turn enhance the service experience for our customers and maximize operational efficiency."

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most demanding in terms of logistics, with unique requirements such as expiry dates of products, batch management and the need for traceability in the form of an audit trail. The supply chain network needs to facilitate an improved logistics operation throughout Laboratoires Pierre Fabre's global business, as well as ensure safety and product compliance.

The implementation project is already underway at Laboratoires Pierre Fabre's 130,000 sq. ft. Ussel warehouse in Corrèze and will soon progress to a second, 860,000 sq. ft Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique warehouse based in Muret in Haute-Garonne.

Henri Seroux, managing director at Manhattan Associates France, commented, "This customer success reinforces our reputation as being able to offer the most comprehensive supply chain solutions available for addressing the complex issues associated with the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry."

The Manhattan SCOPE solution components that will be deployed as part of this project will leverage Manhattan's Supply Chain Process Platform to deliver cross-application optimization and integration. This means Pierre Fabre group will be able to run its supply chain operations with less cost and effort while leveraging best-of-breed supply chain software to improve performance and efficiency.

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About Laboratoires Pierre Fabre

Pierre Fabre, the second largest independent pharmaceutical group in France, achieved a turnover of 1.9 billion Euros in 2011, with international sales accounting for 52 percent. Pierre Fabre has branches in 42 countries and markets its products in over 130 countries. Their activities cover all aspects of healthcare, from prescription drugs and family health products to dermo-cosmetics. The Pierre Fabre Laboratories employ some 10,000 people worldwide, 1,300 of whom are dedicated to R&D. In 2011, the group allocated 20 percent of its Pharmaceuticals business revenues to R&D, focusing on three main areas: oncology, dermatology and neuro-psychiatry.

With strong brands such as Avène, A-Derma, Ducray, Galénic, Klorane, Naturactive, René Furterer and Pierre Fabre Oral Care, Laboratoires Pierre Fabre is French market n°1 on dermo-cosmetics, hair and dental products sold in pharmacies and drugstores. Sold in more than 100 countries, Avene is the leading brand for dermo-cosmetics in Europe, Japan and China. In the field of medicine, Pierre Fabre focuses on four main branches: oncology, dermatology, women's health and neuro-psychiatry.

Pierre Fabre already realizes more than 85 percent of its turnover in oncology internationally.

In 2012, Pierre Fabre became the first pharmaceutical company to be accredited with AFAQ 2600, a certification delivered by AFNOR assessing corporate social responsibility.

To learn more about Pierre Fabre: www.pierre-fabre.com

About Manhattan Associates, Inc.

Manhattan Associates continues to deliver on its 23-year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimization 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 organizations optimize 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.

CONTACT: Maite Hayet & Christel Sandi LEWIS PR Tel: +33 1 55 31 98 01 / 98 13 manhattanfrance@lewispr.com Yamina Tassin Manhattan Associates Tel: +33 (1) 76 70 53 82 ytassin@manh.comSource:Manhattan Associates