Nike Partners with LLamasoft for Sustainable Supply Chain Innovation

  Nike Partners with LLamasoft for Sustainable Supply Chain Innovation

Business Wire

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- October 23, 2012

NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) has entered a strategic partnership with LLamasoft,
Inc., to co-develop supply chain solutions that offer both logistics and
environmental benefits. Nike has been a customer of Michigan-based LLamasoft
for two years. Today’s announcement of a formal commercial relationship, in
addition to a minority investment from NIKE, signals the intent to leverage
the strengths of both companies to co-develop new solutions for international
supply chain efficiency.

“Innovation and sustainability are core to Nike Inc.’s operations and this new
partnership with LLamasoft represents unique opportunities in both of these
areas,” says Hans Van Alebeek, Nike’s Vice President of Global Operations &
Technology. ”Through working with LLamasoft as a customer, we recognized the
potential to collaborate on innovative supply chain solutions that offer real
time logistics benefits and the potential to positively impact our efforts
around carbon reduction.”

Supply chain design is a vital business process for companies with a global
footprint, as organizations work to balance factors including cost, service
and environmental impact in an unpredictable global marketplace. By leveraging
the LLamasoft software platform, Nike expects to drive efficiencies through
its supply chain and significantly reduce the associated carbon footprint.

Donald Hicks, CEO of LLamasoft, said the relationship with Nike will enable
the company to accelerate the development of new technology. “This partnership
allows us to build on our work with Nike faster and more collaboratively than
ever before. We admire Nike’s leadership and we’re excited to work together to
define new levels of performance in global supply chain design.”

About NIKE, Inc.

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer,
marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment
and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly
owned NIKE subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and
distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which
designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and
coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer)
brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes
action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more
information, visit and follow @NIKE. To learn more about
NIKE’s commitment to sustainability, visit

About LLamasoft

LLamasoft supply chain design software helps organizations worldwide design
and improve their supply chain operations. We enable companies to model,
optimize and simulate their supply chain network, leading to major
improvements in cost, service, sustainability, and risk mitigation, with
unparalleled supply chain design and predictive analytics solutions.
Headquartered in Ann Arbor Michigan, LLamasoft is a leader in Supply Chain
excellence and innovation, advancing technology focused on continuous
improvement of enterprise supply chains for the world’s largest organizations
across a wide range of industries.


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