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Autozone Expands Partnership with RELEX Solutions to Optimize Efficiency Across North and South American DC Supply Chain

Dec 6, 2023 2 min

After witnessing successful implementations in the U.S. and Mexico, AutoZone extends its collaboration with RELEX Solutions to strengthen distribution center operations in Brazil, aiming for enhanced scalability and operational efficiency.

AutoZone, Inc., the leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the Americas, today announced the expansion of their partnership with RELEX Solutions, provider of unified supply chain and retail planning solutions.  

AutoZone began upgrading their distribution center (DC) capabilities in 2019 with the highly configurable forecasting and replenishment capabilities provided by RELEX. Based on the successful implementation and results across the U.S. and Mexico, AutoZone has now decided to implement RELEX to support their DC operations in Brazil. This expansion is a part of AutoZone’s efforts to streamline their company-wide supply chain processes and enhance operational efficiency and scalability. 

RELEX enables AutoZone to enhance demand forecasting and reduce inventory levels to drive sales by improving in-stock availability and service levels at DCs. The solution also targets cost savings by improving the flow of goods through distribution centers.  

Brazil poses some unique challenges due to the independent sourcing practices and varied makes and models of cars in the South American market. AutoZone’s existing supply chain system in Brazil was highly manual and independent of the systems used in the US and Mexico. RELEX will accommodate and support AutoZone’s operations in Brazil, while leveraging the existing solution used in the US and Mexico, an approach in line with the business and IT objectives of AutoZone. 

“We are fully committed to driving planning and ordering efficiency across our teams,” said Michelle Borninkhof, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Customer Satisfaction, AutoZone. “RELEX provides solutions with tremendous flexibility, enabling faster decision-making and enhancing our exception management. With their support, we are confident in our ability to optimize our end-to-end supply chain across our global operations.” 

“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our partnership with AutoZone,” says Keith Adams, Senior Vice President of North America, RELEX Solutions. “This critical step highlights the value we bring in driving tangible business benefits while ensuring scalability and adaptability for evolving market demands. We are proud to support AutoZone in their pursuit of an optimized and future-ready supply chain, and we look forward to a continued successful collaboration.”