School Specialty Announces the Upcoming Build-Out of Its Mansfield, OH Distribution Center to Enhance Customer Service and

School Specialty Announces the Upcoming Build-Out of Its Mansfield, OH
Distribution Center to Enhance Customer Service and Delivery Functions and
Support Business Growth

Company to Maintain Its Distribution Center in Greenville, and Make Mansfield
Its Primary Warehouse and Distribution Center Going Forward, Given Proximity
to Customer and Supplier Base

MANSFIELD, Ohio and GREENVILLE, Wis., Feb. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School
Specialty Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) ("SSI" or "the Company"), a leading distributor of
supplies, furniture and both supplemental and curriculum products to the
education marketplace, today announced that it will be expanding its
distribution center in Mansfield, OH, making it the primary warehouse and
distribution hub, serving the Company's nationwide customer base. As part of
the announcement, the Company disclosed today that it would be hiring up to an
additional 550 seasonal workers to support its peak-season (July-September)
requirements, as well as approximately 30 full-time employees in the local
Mansfield area.

As part of this build-out and in conjunction with the Company's Process
Improvement initiatives, School Specialty is currently consolidating
distribution operations in order to enhance operational efficiencies and
improve customer fulfillment rates. The Company had recently closed two of its
distribution centers in Salina, KS and Fresno, CA, and successfully
transitioned inventory to both its Greenville, WI and Mansfield, OH locations.
School Specialty is now in the process of reconfiguring its warehouses and
implementing lean principles, as it looks to build best-in-class practices
throughout its manufacturing, operations, and supply chain management function
areas. The Company's primary distribution facility is located at 100 Paragon
Parkway in Mansfield, OH and SSI has leased a new, 162,000 square foot offsite
facility where it will stock educational supplies and furniture in advance of
the upcoming peak-season.

"A large number of our customer orders are derived on the East Coast, as are
many of our key suppliers, and by transitioning to these two centers, we will
have more control over inventory management, logistics and customer
shipments," said Jim Henderson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We have
transitioned inventory accordingly and have made significant progress in
consolidating and re-configuring our facilities to reduce splits and
backorders and lower transportation costs, and most important, ensure seamless
and quick shipments to our customers. I am a firm believer in running a
business based on customer needs and then exceeding them, and these changes in
our distribution centers and others in our operations will help us produce and
deliver products for our customers on-time as we seek 100% customer
satisfaction."

The Company recently hired Rick Smith, formerly of United Stationers and UPS,
as its new Director of Distribution Center Operations in Mansfield, OH. Rick
will oversee best-in-class programs for quality management, distribution
center alignment, inventory management, sales and budget planning, supply
chain management, and customer loyalty and care, among other operational
processes.

"We are pleased that School Specialty has made Mansfield its home over the
last 20 years. Our partnership is an exemplary model of how we are striving to
build and diversify our economy by collaborating with organizations that
create jobs and bring investments into the area; not to mention, contribute to
the educational and cultural enrichment of the community," said Bridget
McDaniel, Executive Director of the Richland Community Development Group
(RCDG) and Business/Economic Development Chair for the Richland Area Chamber
of Commerce. "Working with an innovative company such as School Specialty to
expand business in Mansfield is vital to executing our economic growth
initiatives. We look forward to many more years of mutual cooperation and
success."

Crucial to the consolidation of operations into the Mansfield Distribution
Center is SSI's implementation of system enhancements that will ensure both
the Mansfield and Greenville facilities are communicating effectively and have
insights into inventory, fill rates and customer delivery schedules.
Initiatives to increase both inbound and outbound processing of customer
orders are underway and the Company has invested in a complete re-alignment
that is expected to double capacity and increase speed; set new standards for
efficiency and create best work practices; with the end-goal to ultimately
improve overall customer satisfaction. Inventory management is critical to
this and ties directly to SSI's Rationalization programs aimed at
re-configuring SKU mapping within both distribution centers.

Mr. Henderson concluded, "School Specialty remains committed to the Mansfield
community. The Company has been a part of the Mansfield fabric for nearly two
decades and we hope to be here for a long time to come. We're grateful for the
opportunity to contribute to the area's economic and social development and
would like to thank the local government, chamber of commerce and related
personnel for their continued support as we build our presence in the area."

About School Specialty, Inc.

School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary
products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company
designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school
supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources.
Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the
scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school
administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.
For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.

CONTACT: Company Contact:
         Glenn Wiener
         GW Communications (for SSI)
         IR@SchoolSpecialty.com
         Tel: 212-786-6011
        
         Dionne Manchester
         GW Communications (for SSI)
         Dionne@GWCco.com
         Tel: 212-786-6068

School Specialty, Inc.
 
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