International Jewelry Manufacturer and Distributor integrates Atlas Planning Suite’s Inventory Management with Great Plains ERP system.

(Chicago, IL. February 1, 2005) John Galt Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions in the inventory management, demand management and sales and operations planning market space, announced today that The Bell Group has completed its implementation of the Inventory Management Module and Demand Management Engine, key modules of John Galt’s Atlas Planning Suite.

The Bell Group wanted to better manage backorders, inventory levels, and customer service by providing business analysts purchasing and manufacturing information in the same day, keeping the business synchronized. The result was replacing their COBOL-based demand planning system with state-of-the-art technology that could integrate with their Microsoft Great Plains ERP system. The Atlas Planning Suite’s Demand Management Engine produces the demand forecast and provides a workspace for planners to share adjustments for consensus planning. The forecast is then fed into the Inventory Management Module to optimize inventory planning, and replenishment while maintaining order fill rates and safety stock levels. Ted Anderson, a business analyst with The Bell Group, comments on the implementation: “We are now able to bring the manufacturing and distribution sides of our business together, working on the same set of numbers. Our next step in the project will be to integrate the Atlas Planning Suite with our e-commerce site, roll those orders into Atlas Planning Suite for demand planning and inventory optimization, and integrate with Great Plains for execution. This will enable us to implement a consensus Sales and Operations Planning process into our business.”

“Atlas Planning Suite is a powerful inventory management tool that performs “what-if” analysis, and manages inventory positions by exception,” said Anne Omrod, president and CEO of John Galt Solutions. “The Bell Group wanted to build a demand-driven supply network, and we are excited that Atlas Planning Suite is the foundation for that process.”

The Bell Group is a family-owned, Albuquerque-based industrial distributor serving the jewelry industry. Beginning as a small store-front retailer, the company has been in business for 61 years and has grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with more than 500 employees and over 150,000 customers in 80 different countries. The Bell Group sells through catalogs that are published seasonally, each catalog covering a different aspect of the industry—Tools, Display, Packaging, Gems and Findings. Today The Bell Group is recognized as a highly innovative self-managing organization with high levels of employee loyalty.

About John Galt Solutions
John Galt Solutions, Inc., a privately held company, provides leading-edge demand planning, collaborative and forecasting solutions. It strives to improve mid-size businesses’ demand planning and collaborative processes through accurate, innovative solutions and customer partnerships. John Galt Solutions, Inc. provides a broad family of ForecastX ä products and services that meet the needs of any company at every level of growth, including companies such as Fidelity Investments, Hasbro Games, Syngenta Crop Protection and Huhtamaki. For more information visit


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