7/10/03

Wilsons Leather Installs New Generation Computing`s e-Pack, e-Shipment Tracking to Gain Inbound Visibility of Production...

Paul Demery , Managing Editor, B2B E-commerce

Web-Based Software Provides Sourcing and Logistics Teams with Real-Time Monitoring, Tracking of Product Shipments from Overseas Factories to Distribution Centers

MIAMI, July 8, 2003 - New Generation Computing Inc. (NGC) today announced that Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc. (Nasdaq: WLSN) has installed NGC`s e-Pack and e-Shipment Tracking software to gain inbound visibility of its entire production process. The installation of the two Web-based software modules, which are part of NGC`s e-SPS product suite, will enable Wilsons Leather`s sourcing and logistics teams to monitor and track the shipments of products in real time from factories in Asia to the company`s distribution centers. In addition, the installation will provide Wilsons Leather`s vendors with the ability to assign cartons to a shipment; create and send Advance Ship Notices, manifests, invoices and bills of lading; and streamline the receiving process at distribution centers.

"Inbound visibility will enable us to significantly improve our internal production and inventory controls," said Scott Christian, director of supply chain systems for Wilsons Leather. "The first e-SPS modules we installed have been easy to use and have made it possible for us to streamline many aspects of our sourcing of products. With e-SPS`s flexibility, we were able to install the additional modules to round out our needs to obtain visibility of all aspects of our production, which involves our sourcing and logistics teams in the United States and internationally that interact with our factories in Asia."

Wilsons Leather`s initial implementation of e-SPS consisted of three modules: e-Product Development, e-Production Tracking and e-Collaboration. At the Retail Systems 2002 Conference & Exposition, NGC announced Wilsons Leather`s selection of additional e-SPS modules, including e-Quality, e-Exceptions, e-Pre Production and Executive Information Systems.

"This is a good example of how we`re able to address the strategic sourcing needs of retailers, brand managers, manufacturers and importers every step of the way," said Alan Brooks, NGC`s president. "Our e-SPS modules help companies like Wilsons Leather to integrate and cost effectively manage their product lifecycle and supplier relationship initiatives."

About Wilsons Leather
Wilsons Leather is the leading specialty retailer of leather outerwear, apparel and accessories in the United States. As of May 3, 2003, Wilsons Leather operated 612 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, including 478 mall stores, 111 outlet stores and 23 airport stores. The company, which regularly supplements its permanent mall stores with seasonal stores during its peak selling season from October through January, operated 284 seasonal stores in 2002.

About New Generation Computing
New Generation Computing Inc. (NGC) is a global software company that has 25 years of experience developing and marketing business applications for apparel manufacturers, brand managers, retailers, importers and other businesses in the sewn-products industry. The company`s products include e-SPS; AMAS, a specialized apparel business control, accounting and MRP system; TPM, a shop-floor control and manufacturing execution system; EZ-Ship, a labeling, packing and shipping system for remote factories; SP&E;, a screenprint and embroidery management system; and Full Package, a multi-lingual business control system for offshore enterprises.

Headquartered in Miami, NGC has sales offices worldwide and more than 600 clients, including Wilsons Leather, Dick`s Sporting Goods Inc., VF Corp., Kellwood Co., Hugo Boss, Russell Corp., Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, Haggar Clothing Co., Maidenform Inc. and William Carter Co. For more information, call NGC at (305) 556-9122, e-mail gab@ngcsoftware.com or visit www.ngcsoftware.com.

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Contact:
Yolanda Balido or David Schull
Thorp & Company
(305) 446-2700
ybalido@thorpco.com
dschull@thorpco.com

Topics:

distribution center, Leather, logistics, supply chain management, Warehouses

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