Leading Accessories Manufacturer Joins MAGIConline(TM) Marketplace
RICHMOND, Calif., Feb. 19 / -- QRS Corporation (Nasdaq: QRSI), the market leader in supply chain technology for the retail industry, and MAGIC International, a subsidiary of Advanstar Communications and the world`s largest organizer of tradeshows for the fashion and apparel industry, announced today that Ben Berger LLC, a leading provider of a leading provider of slippers, socks and cold weather goods, will use its MAGIConline(TM) Showroom Powered by QRS to showcase it product lines. The online showroom will help Ben Berger drive sales in existing channels, increase global market share and facilitate the order management and replenishment process.
Ben Berger, which markets a branded program for department stores and a private-label program for discount, wholesale and national specialty retailers, will use MAGIConline(TM) Showrooms Powered by QRS to merchandise its products to retailers in a controlled and secure environment. In addition to driving sales and increasing market share, the Ben Berger showroom at MAGIConline(TM) Powered by QRS will enhance the vendor`s internal communications by providing sales representatives in the field with real-time product availability.
"Improving communications with both our existing trading partners and potential new customers, as well as with employees, is vital for companies such as ours," said Michael Berger, CEO of Ben Berger. "With MAGIConline(TM) Powered by QRS, we are able to offer an efficient way to access, browse, shop, order and replenish our products online, anytime. Our online showroom will help us manage inventory in real-time, access new markets and intelligently cross-sell and up-sell new lines. This unique way of doing business will allow us to stay flexible and innovative, which is how we`ve succeeded in the retail sector for so many years."
MAGIConline(TM) Powered by QRS combines the strengths of two industry leaders, MAGIC International and QRS. MAGIC International is the host of the largest and most comprehensive marketplace for men`s, women`s and children`s apparel and accessories; the show spans more than a million square feet of exhibit space and features more than 3,200 exhibitors. QRS helps companies manage their supply chain for superior profit, maximum efficiency and competitive advantage. Together these companies have created the ideal year-round extension of the MAGIC trade show experience to help buyers and sellers increase sales, facilitate communication, save money, and market products and services faster and more effectively.
"The fast-moving world of fashion requires immediate access to product lines and accurate price and inventory data delivered through multiple channels. MAGIConline(TM) Powered by QRS provides vendors and retailers the tool they need to compete in today`s demanding market," said Liz Fetter, president and CEO of QRS.
MAGIConline(TM) Showrooms Powered by QRS can be viewed at www.magiconline.com and will be featured at the MAGIConline(TM) Powered by QRS booth at the 2002 Fall MAGIC International Conference and Expo.
About Ben Berger
Ben Berger, LLC, now in 71st year, is led by Michael Berger, a third-generation Berger, and Jeff Ring, a 26 year veteran of the firm. Originally specializing in women`s pigskin gloves, the company expanded over the years to include knit accessories, and later socks and slippers. Today, distributed in over 15,000 doors in the US and Canada selling international brands such as Laura Ashley, Seventeen and August Silk, Ben Berger is dedicated to delivering high-quality branded and private label products.
About MAGIC International
MAGIC International, a subsidiary of Advanstar Communications, is the world`s largest and most widely recognized organizer of trade shows for the apparel industry producing the MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas featuring MAGIC, WWDMAGIC, MAGIC kids and the edge. On the East Coast, MAGIC International produces Femme, the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition, and I-TexStyle in New York City. For more information on MAGIC International, visit www.magiconline.com
QRS is a market leader in supply chain technology for the retail industry. QRS software applications and services help the world`s top retailers and manufacturers achieve superior profit, maximum efficiency and competitive advantage. Since 1988 QRS has led the way in supply chain technology with tools that now include Tradeweave brand messaging, catalog, sourcing, merchandising and showroom. QRS has the world`s largest retail product catalog and the world`s largest online retail trading community. Learn more about QRS Corporation at www.qrs.com.
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