AEI Corporation Streamlines Business Processes with Infor

Outdoor Heating and Grill Distributor Gets Cooking with Infor ERP A+ and Infor eStorefront

Atlanta, GA, October 10, 2007 --( Infor today announced that AEI Corporation, a provider of innovative outdoor cooking and heating products, has selected Infor ERP A+, the company’s flagship System i-based distribution solution, and Infor eStorefront, a comprehensive e-commerce solution. AEI is upgrading to A+ from its current Infor ERP system, DMAS, to better support the company’s expected growth. The new combined solution will provide feature-rich functionality, including electronic data interchange capabilities, which will help AEI more accurately manage its orders and inventory, and improve customer service.

Infor ERP A+ will enable AEI to run efficient, end-to-end operations, which it expects will enhance customer service, optimize inventory levels, and improve profitability. From order entry and sales analysis to electronic payments, A+ will provide the company with built-in business-specific functionality to improve its business processes and gain a competitive advantage in today’s challenging distribution industry. Additionally, AEI will benefit from eStorefront, which grants customers 24-hour access to its catalogues, stock levels, and up-to-the-minute pricing information, ensuring they have access to current information to make purchase decisions in real-time.

“We have been using our DMAS solution for more than 20 years, and with our consistent year-over-year growth we needed a solution that would not only support the requirements of our current organization but would adapt as our business needs change,” said Fred Speicher, owner and vice president of administration, AEI Corporation. “Infor ERP A+ was the perfect choice because of its similarity to our previous system, coupled with new features and robust functionality to support increasing industry and customer demand.”

Infor ERP A+ will provide AEI Corporation with a holistic view of its customers’ demands, enabling the company to serve customers more effectively, with fewer errors, and drive additional sales. The company expects to experience an immediate return on investment with quicker payment processes and the creation of a paperless environment, which is expected to dramatically reduce operational costs.

“Distributors today face the tough challenge of sourcing and selling globally coupled with the need to increase sales and improve profitability – all while maintaining high levels of customer service,” said Andrew McGlasson, director of industry and product marketing for Infor’s Distribution and Supply Chain Group. “Companies like AEI Corporation, with a rich history of service and innovation, must seek new ways to meet changing demand, and Infor ERP A+ provides them with a flexible, cost-effective solution that optimizes control across the organization.”

Infor ERP A+ is a feature-rich solution that is integrated with Microsoft Office. Its functionality and automation of core business processes provide a foundation which improves business performance and profitability while maintaining service levels and increased customer value. Infor ERP A+ covers the core process flows from order entry and order management, to sales analysis and accounts receivable, to inventory control and purchasing.

About AEI Corporation
Established in 1966, AEI Corporation carries one of the nation’s largest selections of outdoor propane, natural gas, grill parts and accessories, and outdoor natural gas, propane, and electric heaters and lighting. Headquartered in Irvine, California, AEI Corporation serves demanding retail and commercial customers in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico. The company also ships some products nationwide and exports outdoor cooking and outdoor comfort heating products to Mexico and Canada.

About Infor
Infor delivers business-specific software to enterprising organizations. With experience built in, Infor’s solutions enable businesses of all sizes to be more enterprising and adapt to the rapid changes of a global marketplace. With more than 70,000 customers, Infor is changing what businesses expect from an enterprise software provider. For additional information, visit

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