Zumiez selects Buyer`s Toolbox PRO for company-wide merchandise planning

Paul Demery

Boston, MA. (December 19, 2003) -- ANT USA Inc., developer of the Buyer`s ToolboxTM family of Merchandise and Assortment Planning software, is pleased to welcome Zumiez, Inc. to its growing list of international merchandise planning installations.

Zumiez has selected the Buyer`s Toolbox PRO package for company-wide, integrated Merchandise Planning from chain down to the vendor/class level. Zumiez is the fastest growing specialty sport and fashion retailer in the teen snow, skate and surf retail market. Zumiez has over 110 stores with plans for significant future growth.

Zumiez evaluated other Merchandise Planning options on the market, and then quickly implemented and completed a successful on-line Buyer`s Toolbox planning pilot. The Buyer`s Toolbox solution will complement their existing merchandising system by Apropos Retail Management Systems.

Choosing The Buyer`s Toolbox as the planning solution not only assures Zumiez of cutting edge technology developed around industry standard best practices, but of having a fully installed and operating merchandise planning solution in just a few weeks from project inception to completion.

"Buyer`s Toolbox helps Zumiez meet our goals for process improvement in merchandise planning while positioning us for growth and further improvements to our supply chain. We are pleased how quickly and economically ANT USA helped us implement their solution", said Lee Hudson, technology director at Zumiez, Inc.

"We are excited to welcome Zumiez on board. Zumiez is a rapidly growing, successful, and highly competent retailer, and we believe Buyer`s Toolbox will significantly help enhance their merchandising and planning operations" said Dmitry Goykhman, president and founder of ANT USA Inc.

ANT USA Inc. is the leading provider of out-of-the-box Merchandise and Assortment Planning, and Merchandise Reporting solutions to the retailing industry including software for the established market leaders as well as the independent retail chains.

The Buyer`s Toolbox package has been on the market since 1997, and has achieved over 150 installations worldwide. This best-selling planning solution challenges accepted benchmarks with easy planning methods, better planning results, faster implementation cycles and dramatically lower cost of ownership. To find out more information about the Buyer`s Toolbox you can visit www.assortment.com

Zumiez, Inc. opened its first store in Seattle`s Northgate Mall in 1978. Today, the company operates stores in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Zumiez stores feature lifestyle brands for young men and juniors. The product mix includes apparel, footwear, and related accessories including skateboard and snowboard specific hardgoods. Zumiez also offers a wide product selection on its award-winning website at www.zumiez.com.


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