Two more retailers choose the hosted version of NSB`s proven retail solutions to update and streamline their businesses
Montreal, Canada, January 5, 2006 - NSB announces that retailers Windsor Fashions and Metropark have selected NSB`s Connected Retailer® Managed Services offering to replace their retail systems. NSB will host the fully integrated suite of retail solutions and deliver them to the retailers` stores and head office via high-speed, persistent networks. The Managed Services offering includes the Connected Retailer Store, Merchandising, Sales Analytics, and CRM solutions, plus Microsoft® Great Plains Financials.
Longtime NSB client Windsor Fashions focuses on apparel for junior and contemporary women. The company currently runs legacy versions of the NSB solutions to support 36 stores in 10 US states, and they are looking forward to the upgrades. According to President Leon Zekaria, "Windsor will become a better company through the use of NSB`s latest, cutting-edge solutions. Their Managed Services offering gives us technology and process advantages enjoyed by our much larger competitors, and reinforces NSB`s role as an industry leader."
Metropark, a new client, is a mall-based, specialty lifestyle retailer inspired by the fusion of fashion, music, and art. Metropark offers multi-brand apparel and accessories for image-conscious men and women in their 20s and 30s. The 2004 creation of Orv Madden, founder of the Hot Topic chain, Metropark currently has locations in California, Nevada, Texas and Minnesota. Madden describes the Managed Services offering as "a way to focus on our retail business without investing in and building an internal IT infrastructure. We let the retail technology experts working within NSB act as an extension of our staff and provide us with the latest retail solutions that will help us grow our business."
"These two new partnerships for our Managed Services offering further confirm our strategy for meeting the needs of smaller retailers," says David Henning, Senior VP of the Enterprise Business Unit for the NSB Group. "Our all-in-one software, hardware, and support package will enable them to focus on running the day-to-day operations of their business, instead of their retail IT systems. Managed Services lets retailers like Windsor Fashions and Metropark benefit from the latest technology while lowering their capital costs, TCO, and risks."
Connected Retailer Managed Services is a turnkey solution that gives small- to mid-sized retailers the competitive advantages of "big retailer" IT, while dramatically reducing their on-site infrastructure and related requirements. For a fixed quarterly fee (plus a one-time setup charge), NSB provides the Connected Retailer Store, Merchandising, Sales Analytics, and CRM solutions, along with the option of Microsoft Great Plains Financials. NSB also provides the hardware, implementation, training, round-the-clock system monitoring, data backups, disaster recovery plan plus 24/7 support by phone or online. The offering is ideal for retailers who want to budget their costs and break free from costly, outdated, or poorly integrated systems.
Both Windsor Fashions and Metropark plan to go live on the new Connected Retailer Managed Services Solution in the first half of 2006.
About Windsor Fashions
Windsor is a very unique company, for over 5 decades it has dressed the young women of America. Throughout all the cultural and fashion changes, Windsor, owned by the same family, has stayed true to its values and mission.
The company was founded in the early 1950s by Maurice and his brother Albert Zekaria. The Brothers got the idea of the Windsor name from a postcard received from Windsor Castle in England. At the time the Windsor royal family was a news sensation because Prince Edward was willing to give up the throne of England by going forward with his forbidden marriage to an American commoner. This romantic story was the inspiration behind their brand which till this day remains all about romance and "dressing up". For more information on Windsor Fashions, visit their website at www.windsorstore.com.
Metropark is a rapidly expanding, highly differentiated mall-based retailer that combines the converging core lifestyle elements of fashion, music and art to appeal to young tastemaker adults. The store offers a high-energy shopping experience that is part store, part club; featuring a carefully edited assortment of fashion designers that typically are only found in the small street boutiques of major metropolitan fashion centers. Customers enjoy upbeat music videos viewable on large plasma screens throughout the store as well as live DJ performances on weekends, art exhibits and fashion shows. Metropark currently operates stores in ten premier regional malls, including Glendale Galleria (Glendale, CA); Galleria at Tyler (Riverside, CA); The Oaks (Thousand Oaks, CA), Valley Fair (Santa Clara, CA), Oakridge (San Jose, CA), Mall of America (Minneapolis, MN), The Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine, CA), Barton Creek Square (Austin, TX), Fashion Show (Las Vegas, NV) and Fashion Fair (Fresno, CA). For more information and future store openings, visit the company`s web site at www.metroparkusa.com.
About NSB Group
NSB Group is a total solutions provider for retailers of apparel, footwear, and specialty merchandise. Backed by more than 30 years of success, we work as partners with our clients to map clear paths from where they are to where they`d like to be, and we equip them to get there.
NSB`s acclaimed Connected Retailer® suite includes Planning, Merchandising, Sourcing and Product Development, CRM, Sales Analytics, Store Operations, and POS, plus hardware and comprehensive client services - from consulting and development to implementation, training, and 24/7 support. The Connected Retailer® can be implemented at the client or, through our Managed Services offering, hosted by NSB. For more information about the NSB Group and our Connected Retailer® solutions, visit our website at www.nsbgroup.com.
2006 NSB Retail Solutions Inc. Connected Retailer, NSB, NSB logos, and certain other marks are trademarks or service marks of NSB Retail Solutions Inc. or another NSB company. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
For more information
Candice DeLuca, Public Relations Manager
Phone: (614) 840-1448
Fax: (514) 426-0824.