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Demand Drives Hankyu Cargo to Transform Its International Freight Forwarding Operation with SSA Global

SSA Warehouse Management will help Hankyu Cargo become more demand driven.

Chicago, January 10, 2006 – SSA Global™ (NASDAQ: SSAG), a leading global provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, today announced that Hankyu Cargo, a leading provider of international air, land and sea freight forwarding services, has successfully implemented SSA Warehouse Management at three major new customer warehouses across Europe.

Hankyu Cargo needed a comprehensive, flexible and scaleable solution to enable its transition from a traditional import/export company into a value-added partner providing its customers with a fully integrated global logistics, warehousing and transport service. After a selection process and detailed review of competitive products, Hankyu Cargo selected SSA Warehouse Management 4000 primarily because of its rich functionality, global language availability and ease-of-implementation.

SSA Warehouse Management has easily-manageable, translatable add-on packs that support full Japanese language operation – a key requirement because a significant number of Hankyu Cargo’s customers across Europe are Japanese, particularly those in the automotive and electronic sectors.

“In selecting a warehouse management system we looked for a proven solution in the 3PL (third-party logistics) industry that could be implemented quickly on a global scale and, improve supply chain agility and customer responsiveness,” said Paul McKenna, European warehouse solutions manager at Hankyu Cargo. “Implementations for SSA Warehouse Management have taken between six-to-eight months per site – an impressive achievement.”

Following the successful implementation of SSA Warehouse Management 4000 in Hankyu Cargo locations in Newcastle, Düsseldorf and Amsterdam, the company plans to implement SSA Warehouse Management in London Heathrow Airport and Frankfurt.

Going forward, the company also plans to take advantage of SSA Warehouse Management’s portal and event management capabilities, enabling Hankyu Cargo customers to access their own inventory across Europe via a secure connection to the Internet. “With these advanced capabilities, our customers will be able to manage their own supply chain remotely, responding to events and improving their inventory planning and replenishment,” concluded Paul McKenna.

About Hankyu Cargo

Hankyu Cargo is an international air, land and sea freight forwarding company. The organisation started in Osaka, Japan in 1948 and, other than the military, was the only company which was allowed to fly planes during World War II to transport supplies for armies. In 1970, Hankyu Cargo established operations in the United States and began transporting freight between the two countries. Hankyu introduced their WMS distribution services throughout Asia in 2002 and in Europe in 2004.

In addition to a freight forwarding business, the organisation has various other lines of business including a customs house broker, a travel agency for international and domestic travel, insurance agents and an authorised money changer among others. Hankyu Cargo has 2000 employees in 350 offices (includes agent partners offices) worldwide.

About SSA Global

SSA Global™ (NASDAQ: SSAG) is a leading provider of extended ERP solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, services and public organizations worldwide. In addition to core ERP applications, SSA Global offers a full range of integrated extension solutions including corporate performance management, customer relationship management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management. Headquartered in Chicago, SSA Global has over 50 locations worldwide and its product offerings are used by approximately 13,000 active customers in over 90 countries. For additional information, visit the SSA Global web site at

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