In 2003, 99 Cents Only Stores purchased a 750,000-square-foot distribution center near Houston to serve its strong entrance into the Texas market. After deciding that the warehouse management system (WMS) running in its California distribution center would be unable to interface with all of the automated equipment in the new facility, 99 Cents Only Stores began the search for a new solution. Robust, standard functionality – especially in the area of receiving – and a high level of system adaptability headed the list of critical system requirements necessary to drive complex, high-volume operations. And the system had to be implemented quickly. According to Robert Adams, vice president of information systems at 99 Cents Only Stores, the ability to receive incoming goods became a focal area in the selection process. “Our business model is based on a lot of opportunistic purchases. So just as our buyers have to be flexible to quickly purchase the right items, our supply chain has to be extremely flexible to support this dynamic environment,” he said.