1/21/08

20-YEAR RETAIL INDUSTRY VETERAN TO JOIN SOFT SOLUTIONS

Don Davis , Editor in Chief

Seasoned Industry Executive Joins Soft Solutions As New Country Director In Canada

New York, NY - January 11, 2008 - Soft Solutions announces the appointment of accomplished retail industry executive Bob Harlond as Managing Director of its Canadian Operations.

Mr. Harlond has over 20 years in senior and executive positions with business solutions providers such as J.D. Edwards, JBA Plc and Exe Technologies/SSA Global in both Canada and the Americas. In each of these companies, he was successful in the development and expansion of retail and supply chain practices and grew these sectors to include many of the top names in Canadian retailing. His accomplishments include product deployment and business relationships with Rona, Canadian Tire Corporation, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Metro Richelieu, Provigo, Sobeys and many other industry leading retailers.

"Bob has been in the business of building relationships for many years" said Nehme Taouk, CEO of Soft Solutions. "We welcome his expertise, experience and vast knowledge of the Canadian market as we grow our business in North America. This appointment is significant in that it shows our commitment to the Canadian market as part of our overall strategy of worldwide growth." he continued.

Mr. Harlond has also worked with the Hudson`s Bay Company in Toronto during a period of very high growth, in a number of executive positions as part of the HBC senior management team both in merchandise management, planning and at senior store management level.

Previously Mr. Harlond`s retail experience in the UK included the liquor industry, working with International Distillers & Vintners Plc (IDV) as a senior manager of operations for their retail group. He was also responsible for all of the IDV group`s product training activities. Additionally he owned and ran his own sporting equipment and clothing store group in the UK Midlands before moving to Canada.

Mr. Harlond can be reached during the NRF Retail Big Show at Soft Solutions booth #254 or via email at bob.harlond@ibs-softsolutions.com

About Soft Solutions

Soft Solutions is a leading provider of web-based retail merchandise management and decision support software. Its clients are multi-divisional, multi-format Tier 1 retailers and manufacturers including Carrefour, CVS, Canadian Tire Retail, Capelli New York, Auchan, Group Louis Delhaize, B&Q;, Kingfisher, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, and Galeries Lafayette. Soft Solutions ibs SUITE conforms to the latest industry and technology standards, including GS1, and is compatible with multiple databases and industry application server packages.

With consistent delivery of measurable top and bottom line business results, Soft Solutions is uniquely positioned to provide global best practices and industry-leading solutions for the fast paced, competitive environment of retailers worldwide. For more information, please connect towww.ibs-softsolutions.com

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Canada, Commerce, Sobeys, Soft Solutions

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