Marketmax Announces Plans to Support IBM WebSphere

Kurt Peters

Marketmax Completes Adoption of IBM Stack with Support on IBM Hardware, Software and Storage

WAKEFIELD, Mass.--June 4, 2003--Marketmax(R) today announced plans to package and bundle its Integrated Merchandise Planning Solution with IBM WebSphere(a) Internet infrastructure software. With general availability slated for early fall 2003, Marketmax will emerge as the only Advanced Retail Planning and Optimization solution provider to embrace a full IBM stack. Marketmax also currently supports IBM eServer(a) pSeries and xSeries systems, IBM DB2(a) Universal Database Enterprise-Extended Edition, and IBM TotalStorage technology.

Marketmax selected WebSphere to drive additional value for existing and future Marketmax and IBM customers. With its enormous popularity, ease of integration and support for open standards, scalability, and range of features WebSphere provides customers with means to facilitate the deployment of the Marketmax solution via the Web.

Marketmax`s functionally rich merchandise planning solution and sophisticated architecture, coupled with IBM`s technologies, provide a highly scalable product in a low risk environment. "We are committed to providing our customers with a total solution that lowers the cost of ownership, simplifies integration, improves deployment and speed to market," notes Lori J. Schafer, Marketmax CEO. "The adoption of WebSphere is a critical step in our ongoing relationship with IBM".

About Marketmax

Marketmax is the leading provider of advanced retail planning and profit optimization software to the world`s leading retailers and their suppliers, keeping them one step ahead of demand. Marketmax`s suite of products enables retailers and their suppliers to deliver measurable results in the form of increased margins and profitability, fewer markdowns, improved inventory turns, and greater customer satisfaction across all retailing channels. Marketmax is respected throughout the retail supply chain for its technology leadership by providing "best in class" solutions and the industry`s only truly integrated, web-architected, and highly scalable enterprise planning and optimization software.

Marketmax customers include Amazon.com, Charlotte-Russe, Discovery Channel, Eye Care Center of America, The Finish Line, The Home Depot, J Sainsbury plc, Kohl`s Corporation, Linens `n Things, Levi Strauss and Co., Lowe`s Companies, Marks & Spencer plc, Pamida Stores, ShopKo Stores, The Spiegel Group, The Sports Authority, Tuesday Morning, Waitrose Food Shops of the John Lewis Partnership, and Williams-Sonoma.

For more information, please visit www.marketmax.com or call our worldwide headquarters at 781-876-3200. For European sales information, Marketmax can be contacted at +44 (0)20 7520 9399.

Marketmax is a registered trademark of Marketmax, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Amanda Thomas, 781/876-3258


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