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    Wawa Improves Connectivity

    Chain partners with Catalyst to implement a complete wireless data collection solution.

    WAWA, Pa. -- Wawa Inc. recently partnered with Catalyst International to implement a complete wireless data collection solution, utilizing SAPConsole, across its entire store network of more than 550 locations in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

    Wawa, an SAP for Retail client, wanted to leverage its existing SAP investment and migrate from a legacy store inventory solution, which limited its visibility and control, to a native SAP-based solution that would provide real-time connectivity to its core SAP system. After a thorough vendor evaluation process, the chain selected Milwaukee-based Catalyst as its partner based on Catalyst's extensive experience in the SAP Logistics Execution marketplace.

    A key result of the implementation is that Wawa now has access to key operational metrics that will enable more than 16,000 of the company's associates across five states to make more informed decisions around inventory, item replenishment and order fulfillment.

    The hand-held solution included over a dozen wireless-enabled transactions tailored for Wawa from Catalyst's extensive library of transaction templates. The initial installation was completed in September 2006, according to the news release.

    "The ability to perform many of the critical inventory transactions on an easy-to-use handheld device will be an invaluable tool to our store associates," said Michael Kinzly, Wawa project director. "Additionally, Catalyst has proven to be an excellent partner, particularly due to their specific SAP knowledge and with a number of different templates and best practices that have helped to ensure an on-time, on-budget, and successful implementation."

    "We are appreciative of the opportunity to help Wawa leverage its SAP investment and achieve its goals of increasing visibility and control within their supply chain," added Michael Eleftheriou, president and CEO of Catalyst. "We look forward to partnering with Wawa in the near future as they continue to rollout the solution and to support them in their continued efforts in optimizing their supply chain."

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