Publix, looking for more efficiency in its transportation system, has signed a multi-year contract with Charlotte-based Elogex, a developer of network-based logistics solutions.

“In order to be competitive in retail, transportation efficiency is a must,” said Lee Branson, a spokesman for Publix. “This requires us to shorten lead times, increase service levels and reduce stockouts. We expect Elogex to help us reach increasing levels of supply chain performance and cost competitiveness.”

Publix said it would use Elogex software to link its operations with carriers and manufacturers. Publix has 755 stories in five states.