January 7, 2013, 9:16 AM

GT Nexus and TradeCard Announce Merger

Both provide—and operate—advanced business collaboration networks that the world’s leading companies rely on to better manage physical and financial supply chain processes on a global scale with thousands of trading partners.

New York, NY and Oakland, CA—January 7, 2013—GT Nexus and TradeCard today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement.   The companies are leaders and pioneers in cloud-based technology platforms that link companies together in commerce networks.  Both provide—and operate—advanced business collaboration networks that the world’s leading companies rely on to better manage physical and financial supply chain processes on a global scale with thousands of trading partners.

As cloud technology rapidly replaces licensed and installed traditional software in the corporate enterprise, global supply chain management has emerged as the next big opportunity for driving business agility and operational excellence. Merged, the combined entity instantly becomes the world’s biggest cloud information utility, with a global network of over 20,000 businesses spanning every major industry—from retail and apparel to high tech, automotive, heavy industry, consumer products, pharmaceutical, chemicals, commodities, finance and logistics.  Together, the companies will manage over $100 billion in direct supply chain trade.

“Both companies share a common technology vision that networked platforms, delivered in the cloud, is the path forward for companies that source and sell goods globally,” said Sean Feeney, CEO of TradeCard.  “The strengths of each company are highly complementary and will offer customers a complete solution, covering the entire supply chain execution lifecycle, from sourcing of goods to final delivery and payment.”

The merger brings together GT Nexus, the established leader in cloud-based logistics and global transportation control solutions for manufacturers, retailers and logistics service providers, with TradeCard, the undisputed leader in cloud-based financial supply chain and production visibility solutions for retail and consumer soft goods.

“Our customers are the biggest winners in this merger,” noted Aaron Sasson, CEO of GT Nexus.  “It’s a true merger of equals. Together, we offer a single cloud network for enabling business processes across global trade networks—an enormous and still un-tapped opportunity for the vast majority of companies who have been struggling to take their businesses to the next level with complicated ERP systems.”

The company, to be headquartered in Oakland, CA, will have global presence with a network of regional offices around the world.  TradeCard CEO Sean Feeney will be CEO of the merged company, GT Nexus CEO Aaron Sasson will be Chairman of the Board, and TradeCard Founder Kurt Cavano will be Vice Chairman.  Specifics about the company name and leadership structure will be announced when the transaction is finalized.

The merger is subject to customary closing conditions and clearance from antitrust regulatory authorities. The transaction is expected to close in early 2013.

About GT Nexus, Inc.

GT Nexus offers a cloud-based platform that the world's biggest companies use to drive efficiency and agility across the global supply chain. Leaders in manufacturing, retail and logistics services all share GT Nexus as their standard, multi-enterprise collaboration platform. Users operate against a core set of information across multiple supply chain functions to optimize the flow of goods and trade information, from order point to final payment. Customers include Xerox, Williams-Sonoma, Nestlé, DHL, Sears, Caterpillar, Kraft Foods and The Home Depot. For information, visit www.gtnexus.com.

About TradeCard, Inc.

Since 1999, TradeCard, Inc. has transformed global supply chain collaboration by boosting visibility, cash flow and margins for over 10,000 brands, retailers, suppliers and service providers operating in 78 countries. TradeCard delivers a cloud-based network that enables complex, multi-enterprise sourcing transactions across multiple layers of the supply chain. More than 45,000 individual users leverage the TradeCard Platform to streamline transaction flows, from purchase order through production tracking, shipment and payment. Embedded financial services throughout the supply network reduce capital costs and minimize risk. Multi-enterprise collaboration on the platform delivers visibility into the movement of goods, from raw materials to the store shelf. TradeCard’s on-the-ground trade experts around the world allow entire supply networks to rapidly join and drive value through the platform.

The world’s leading retailers and brands, including Levi Strauss & Co., Columbia Sportswear, Guess and Rite Aid, leverage the TradeCard Platform and its member network for sourcing and global trade. TradeCard, Inc. is headquartered in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City and Colombo. TradeCard is located online at www.tradecard.com.

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