Landmark credits Solid Innovation's store profiling data as essential to the company's expansion.
Chicago, Ill. -- October 13, 2003 -- Solid Innovation®, Inc., a leading provider of mobile route accounting solutions to the DSD (direct store distribution) wholesale distribution industry, today announced at the NACS Show 2003 that its largest customer, Landmark Novelties, has added Speedway SuperAmerica's Illinois and Wisconsin stores to its growing network of valued clients using Solid Innovation technologies. The addition of Speedway SuperAmerica is the latest in a string of new business wins for Solid Innovation customers.
Greg Gartner, Champion of Continuous Improvement for Landmark Novelties, credits Solid Innovation's ability to provide visibility into every aspect of the distribution business as one fundamental reason that Landmark has grown so rapidly. "We are pleased that Speedway SuperAmerica has selected Landmark to supply their specialty merchandise. By employing Solid Innovation solutions we were able to customize a product mix for Speedway SuperAmerica that will expand their in-store sales." Gartner also points out that, "Solid Innovation has helped us improve our service to our existing accounts. By generating invoices more accurately and quickly, we have reduced our accounts receivable from 70 to 17 days, which has had a positive impact on our bottom line."
Established in 1999, Landmark Novelties is a rapidly growing distributor of specialty merchandise, with annual sales in excess of $12 million. Landmark's broad variety of product offerings and reliance on Solid Innovation distribution solutions for customized management information is enabling the distribution company to outpace their competition. Landmark is using Solid Innovation's Mobile Sales route solution with its handheld PDA technology in the field to manage invoicing and inventory transactions. In addition, Landmark incorporates management information from Solid Innovation accounting solutions, enabling the distribution company to acquire new customers such as Speedway SuperAmerica and better service existing accounts. Solid Innovation Founder and President, Craig Fisher, said, "We are delighted that Solid Innovation has enabled Landmark to expand its customer base to include Speedway SuperAmerica. We are focused on delivering innovative tools, like Solid Route Accounting™ - Integration Edition, that decrease accounts receivable times, increase sales delivery efficiency, and contribute to the bottom line for distributors." He continued, "Solid Innovation offers robust technologies that enable distributors to move from manual to automated processes, speeding route sales calls by as much as 60 percent and generating an ROI in as little as three months."
About Landmark Novelties, Inc.
Landmark Novelties, Inc. is a specialty merchandise wholesale supplier to convenience stores and specialty retailers. Established in 1999, Landmark has expanded rapidly and now markets to over 1,700 retail outlets. The company will gross over $12 million in 2003 and expects to grow by 30% in 2004. Landmark is owned by seven senior executives who control day-to-day operations.
About Speedway SuperAmerica, LLC
Speedway SuperAmerica, LLC, is a gasoline-convenience store company with headquarters in Enon, Ohio. The parent company of Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, is Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, which is 62% owned by Marathon Oil Company and 38% owned by Ashland Inc. Speedway SuperAmerica has a large concentration of stores throughout the Midwest. The company's strategy is to expand and improve facilities predominately within this marketing area.
About Solid Innovation, Inc.
Solid Innovation, Inc. is at the forefront of DSD Route Accounting solutions for the supply chain distribution industry, including candy, tobacco, food service, and convenience store supply. Since 1986, Solid Innovation has combined its industry and product expertise to innovate and deliver high-quality mobile route accounting solutions to small and medium-sized distributors. In 1999, Solid Innovation introduced Solid Route Accounting™ - Enterprise Edition, its 3rd generation mobile solution, formerly known as PalmX Route Salesman, specifically designed to speed route sales staff through their workday while providing accurate pricing, transaction, and inventory control. For more information, visit www.solid-innovation.com or call (888) 667-3769.
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