Shoppers Drug Mart Chooses Triversity`s J2EE-Based Transaction Processing Solution

Kurt Peters

Canada`s Largest Retail Drug Store Group Chooses Transactionware Enterprise for Next-Generation POS Platform to Support Long-Term Business Objectives, While Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

TORONTO--April 25, 2002-- Triversity Inc., a leading software provider delivering integrated, customer-centric solutions for the retail industry, today announced that Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada`s largest retail drug store group, will implement Triversity`s Transactionware Enterprise(tm) in stores across the country.

The new point-of-sale (POS) system will enable Shoppers Drug Mart to replace its legacy POS system with an enterprise-ready solution that will grow and expand with the business, integrate with existing technologies, support new initiatives and ultimately result in significant cost savings for the company.

Transactionware Enterprise, Triversity`s revolutionary J2EE (Java 2.0 Enterprise Edition)-based enterprise transaction processing solution provides a foundation for a suite of customer-centric applications integrating all points of interaction (POI) across the enterprise to create a single, multi-channel customer relationship platform. Starting in 2003, the new POS system will be rolled out in approximately 5,000 POS terminals across all of its drug store locations.

Shoppers Drug Mart`s older software had begun to reach its functional limits. Shoppers Drug Mart was seeking a retail technology vendor that mirrored its own commitment to J2EE-based technology and determined that Triversity was leading the industry as the first retail solutions provider to deliver a true J2EE-based POS solution.

With an open J2EE architecture that provides seamless integration with any hardware platform, database, Web or application server, Transactionware Enterprise enables infrastructure connectivity that will allow Shoppers Drug Mart to fully leverage existing technology and programs, while growing its business.

"Transactionware Enterprise will give Shoppers Drug Mart the flexibility, functionality and stability required to develop our business, while reducing total cost of ownership," said David Holland, vice president, Corporate Systems, Shoppers Drug Mart. "The solution ensures the ability to maintain a superior level of personalized service to our customers, while offering a platform for growth to support new initiatives."

Equipped to Maximize Customer Service

Transactionware Enterprise`s open J2EE architecture allows Shoppers to maintain its high level of customer service through integration and extension of its existing programs. Triversity`s retail technology will integrate with the company`s HEALTHWATCH program.

Transactionware Enterprise will also integrate with Shoppers Drug Mart`s merchandising system, giving their drug store operators continued access to "real-time" data regarding product inventory and support for efficient, standardized stock replenishment and pricing in every location. Transactionware Enterprise`s open architecture offers complete integration and extensibility of the system.

In addition, Transactionware Enterprise will integrate with the Shoppers Optimum Card(R) system to continue the success of Shoppers Drug Mart`s loyalty program. Based on points garnered by Optimum customers at the POS, Shoppers Drug Mart analyzes up-to-the-minute information in order to maximize customer loyalty and spending, while making accurate, informed decisions about how to best meet -- and foresee -- the needs of its customer base.

"Triversity`s commitment to building on J2EE technology is perfectly aligned with Shoppers Drug Mart`s vision," said David Thomas, president and CEO, Triversity Inc. "Triversity`s leadership, expertise and demonstrated success in providing customer-centric technology solutions to retailers all over the world give us the insight to meet the needs of enterprise businesses, while offering a foundation for future initiatives, such as mobile POS, e-commerce, kiosk and analytic applications."

About Shoppers Corporation

Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Quebec) is Canada`s largest retail drugstore group based on number of stores and system sales. The Company`s over 860 stores are located in prime locations in every province and two territories, making the Company one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Shoppers Drug Mart name is one of the most widely recognized brands in Canadian retailing, trusted by consumers for more than three generations for offering the highest standards of pharmacy service. In fiscal 2001, Shoppers Drug Mart stores recorded system sales in excess of $5.0 billion.

About Triversity Inc.

Triversity is a leading provider of customer-centric solutions for the retail industry. By integrating market-leading Point-of-Sale/Point-of-Interaction (POS/POI), loss prevention and retail CRM solutions, Triversity provides retailers with the capability to offer a consistent shopping experience across all channels, all the time, and enables them to easily and effectively manage the customer lifecycle on a one-to-one basis. Triversity is a single source for retailers to extend existing traditional transaction processing to multiple points of interaction, including the Internet, kiosks and wireless devices.

Triversity`s retail solutions are installed in over 400 retailers in 32 countries. Retailers using Triversity technology solutions include the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), The Children`s Place, Discovery Channel, Dollar General, Hallmark, Pep Boys, Rite Aid, Staples -- Business Depot, The Shoe Company, The Sports Authority, Verizon, Wawa and Williams-Sonoma. Triversity is headquartered in Toronto, with a main U.S. office located in Philadelphia, as well as regional offices in Dallas and Sydney, Australia. For more information, please visit http://www.triversity.com.

For Triversity Inc.
U.S. Media:
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Jeff Ketner


Canadian Media:
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