Proven Grocery Store Specific Solution, Retail Vision Secure Win
ST. PAUL, Minn--July 2, 2003--Lawson Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWSN) today announced that Pathmark Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTMK), a leading East coast supermarket chain with 143 stores located throughout New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, has signed a long-term contract for Lawson`s Retail Enterprise Solution, including Retail Operations, Smart Notification and Enterprise Performance Management.
Pathmark will use the Lawson solution to create a single framework that will support merchandising, streamline pricing and new items, and provide users with an exception-based management system.
Pathmark cited Lawson`s superior technology, scalability and vision as reasons for the selection. Art Whitney, executive vice president of Merchandising and Logistics for Pathmark Stores, said, "Lawson`s new software system will enhance our ability to source items from different methods of distribution and will provide a quick response to Pathmark`s business needs. Pathmark`s commitment to Lawson will result in an efficient use of data and enable us to meet our reporting requirements."
Lawson Retail Operations is flexible, scalable and easy to use. Along with Lawson`s Financials Suite that was implemented at Pathmark in 2001, Lawson`s Retail Operations applications will provide the organization with a comprehensive, integrated solution across all merchandising and financial applications that will promote a `single version of the truth` across all operational reporting. Lawson`s Enterprise Performance Management Suite and Smart Notification will provide a common platform for reporting, analysis and proactive alerting for Lawson and all other mission critical systems.
"By implementing Lawson`s Retail Operations Suite of applications, Pathmark will have a flexible and scalable solution that will enable the organization to adapt and quickly respond to the changing consumer while maintaining a low cost, efficient and effective operational environment," said Carol Mackenzie, retail market director at Lawson. "Lawson Merchandising can help high-volume retailers increase net profitability by managing their costs, improving their operational efficiency, and supporting their revenue growth. Our partnership with an industry leader like Pathmark validates Lawson`s position as a technological leader committed to serving the retail industry."
Pathmark operates in the densely populated New York - New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan areas that represent approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population. Lawson Retail Enterprise was developed specifically for high-volume retailers to improve net profitability by helping them to increase revenues, reduce costs and more effectively deploy their workforce. The Lawson Retail Enterprise integrates Enterprise Operations, Retail Operations and Enterprise Visibility into a single set of solutions that encompass merchandising, supply chain, store operations, financials, human resources, procurement and enterprise performance management.
Lawson`s industry-focused software solutions enable retailers to integrate the systems they use to run and grow their businesses. Lawson customers include five of the top 10 U.S.-based retailers, eight of the top 20 apparel retailers, seven of the top 25 grocery chains, 23 of the top 100 restaurant chains and 20 of the top 100 specialty chains.
About Lawson Software
Lawson Software provides business process software solutions that help services organizations in the healthcare, retail, professional services, public sector, financial services and other strategic markets achieve competitive advantage. Lawson`s solutions include enterprise performance management, distribution, financials, human resources, procurement, merchandising and services automation. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Lawson has offices and affiliates serving North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Additional information about Lawson is available at www.lawson.com.
Pathmark (www.pathmark.com) is a major supermarket company in the New York - New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and operates 143 stores.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements contain statements of intent, belief or current expectations of Lawson Software, Inc., and its management. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company is not obligated to update forward-looking statements based on circumstances or events which occur in the future. In addition to factors discussed above, risks and uncertainties that may cause such differences include but are not limited to: a decline in general economic conditions; uncertainties in the software industry; global military conflicts; terrorist attacks in the United States, and any future events in response to these developments; changes in conditions in the company`s targeted service industries; increased competition and other risk factors listed in the company`s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as included in other documents the company files from time to time with the Commission.
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