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Zep Inc. Completes Third Phase of SAP Enterprise Control Center 6.0 ERP Solution

2013-03-07 08:00 ET - News Release

Expect improved productivity, inventory management, delivery cycle time and business intelligence to contribute to annualized cost savings of $1.5 - $2.0 million beginning in Fiscal 2014


Company Website: http://www.zepinc.com
ATLANTA -- (Business Wire)

Zep Inc. (NYSE:ZEP), a leading consumable packaged goods company, today announced that it has completed the third phase of its Enterprise Control Center (“ECC”) 6.0 ERP Solution from SAP.

Zep Inc.’s ERP process began a number of years ago with implementations for the financial reporting and procurement value streams. In May of 2011 Zep began the third phase of the project that focused on the order entry, manufacturing, shipment, invoicing and collections processes for our North American Sales & Service business. In early December of 2012, we went live with this functionality onto SAP’s ECC 6.0 ERP solution.

Key Benefits of the SAP ECC 6.0 ERP Platform:

  • Improved order delivery cycle time to the customer
  • Improved inventory management, reducing the need for working capital
  • Improved productivity from expanded Warehouse Management System (WMS)
  • Improved productivity from implementation of standard processes
  • Access to timely and accurate information about the business
  • Enhanced product compliance management through integrated Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) functionality.

“I’m extremely proud of the ERP implementation team,” said John K. Morgan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zep Inc. “This platform greatly enhances our ability to serve our customers and improve our productivity with real-time information provided by a fully integrated system. This system will serve as the foundation for Zep, and over the next couple of years, we envision migrating our other businesses to this platform. In fact, we will begin integrating our newly acquired vehicle care business over the next couple of quarters.”

“By all measures, this has been a highly successful ERP implementation,” said Kevin M. Beattie, VP of Information Technology. “We continue to optimize the system and are encouraged by the marked improvement in our key performance indicators.”

About Zep Inc.

Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2012 net sales of $654 million, is a leading consumable packaged goods company selling a wide variety of high-performance chemicals that help professionals and prosumers clean, maintain and protect their assets. We are focused on the attractive industry dynamics of the transportation market and the industrial maintenance and repair operation (“MRO”) market which together now comprise approximately 61% of our revenue with the balance derived from sales into the facilities maintenance vertical. We market these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep®, Zep Commercial®, Zep Professional®, Enforcer®, National Chemical™, Selig™, Misty®, Next Dimension™, Petro®, i-Chem®, TimeMist®, TimeWick™, MicrobeMax®, Country Vet®, Konk®, Blue Coral®, Black Magic®, Rain-X®, Niagara National™, FC Forward Chemicals®, Rexodan®, Mykal™, and a number of private labeled brands. Founded in 1937, some of Zep's brands have been in existence since 1896. Zep Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit our website at www.zepinc.com.

Contacts:

Investor Contact:
Zep Inc.
Don De Laria
VP, Investor Relations & Communications
404-350-6266
don.delaria@zep.com

Source: Zep Inc.

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