RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA and ARDEN HILLS, MINNESOTA - XS, Inc. and Winfield Solutions, LLC , a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O'Lakes, Inc., announced plans to enter into a long-term data management and services agreement as a part of a large-scale upgrade of Land O'Lakes' systems infrastructure. The internet-based XS software will enable Winfield to extend the functionality of its Oracle(R)-based ERP systems to meet the needs of its rapidly growing marketing programs, grower data management and seed reporting activities. "We've carefully selected XS to create a fully-managed solution that will best serve our customers for the foreseeable future" states Barry Libenson, CIO of Land O'Lakes. "XS has been a reliable partner for many years and has demonstrated that they bring a unique combination of IT know-how and agronomic expertise to the table. They were uniquely positioned to support our ambitious plans moving forward" adds Mike Macrie, Sr. Director of Information Technology at Winfield.


Winfield serves thousands of co-op retailers, many of whom participate in the successful Emerald Extras marketing program and dozens of similar marketing programs. Through its partnership with XS, Winfield's Agrimine(R) system also provides reporting and advanced analytics which help retailers better understand and serve their customers. "Integrating our order entry, marketing programs, and reporting systems will further provide our customers with more tools, insights, and incentives to help them win in the field with their growers. " states Mitch Eviston, Vice President of Marketing for Winfield.


"XS has been deeply involved with data management for the cooperative system since 2002. We're excited to have the opportunity to further develop the Winfield relationship into the next decade" states Thad Armbruster, Principal at XS, Inc. "We are committed to providing the service levels and best-in-class technology necessary to help Winfield maintain its leadership position in American agriculture".


SOURCE: AgPR