Mervyn`s Chooses Inovis for Data Synchronization

Kurt Peters

Leading Independent Department Store Will Use Solution Formerly Known as QRS Catalogue(TM)

RICHMOND, Calif., Nov. 16, 2004 – Inovis, a leading provider of business to business solutions and services, announced today that Mervyn`s, a family-friendly department store, has selected the company`s electronic product catalogue to achieve data synchronization across its trading partner network. Mervyn`s, an independent company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, will improve data accuracy with the Inovis Catalogue, the retail industry`s leading centralized repository of product information, which Inovis acquired as part of the recent merger with QRS Corporation.

A leading promotional neighborhood retailer operating 257 stores and four distribution centers in 13 states, Mervyn`s recognized the critical need to ensure data integrity across its extensive trading community. As the company continues to build brand equity as a family-friendly, independent mid-market retailer, it will use Inovis Catalogue to improve order accuracy and facilitate transactions with trading partners.

"This is an exciting chapter for Mervyn`s," said Dana Allison, director of transportation and logistics for Mervyn`s. "As we build and strengthen our brand as an independent company, ensuring product information accuracy is a key factor in enabling Mervyn`s to efficiently maintain fresh merchandise and stay competitive. We chose QRS, now Inovis, based on its retail industry presence and established credibility with our trading partner network."

"By partnering with Inovis, retail industry leaders such as Mervyn`s are able to leverage the company`s proven solutions to successfully execute on their brand strategies," said Ilaria Derr, president and COO of Inovis. "Inovis will continue to arm retailers with the technology and customer support they need to excel in today`s increasingly competitive marketplace."

About Mervyn`s
Mervyn`s LLC, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a family-friendly promotional neighborhood department store offering trend-right fashions and home decor for the entire family at affordable prices. With 257 locations in 13 states, Mervyn`s has a well-earned reputation for its extensive selection of national and private-label fashions and housewares. Community giving has been a cornerstone of the company`s business since 1949, with a focus on improving the lives of children and families by giving back to educational programs in its communities. For a list of store locations, or for additional information, visit Mervyn`s website at http://www.mervyns.com/ .

About Inovis Catalogue (formerly known as QRS Catalogue(TM))
Inovis Catalogue is the North American retail industry`s leading product data synchronization application. With over 100 million unique items, Inovis Catalogue enables more than 4,700 marketers, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to share the latest product information with 550 total product attributes including price, style, color and size. Inovis Catalogue offers a complete solution for item setup and synchronization, and supports the latest EAN.UCC System global standards initiatives. Inovis is a UCC-certified Solution Partner for UCCnet(TM) services. By automating business processes such as item setup and maintenance and product marketing content management, Inovis Catalogue helps customers achieve increased revenue and greater productivity.

About Inovis
Inovis is a leading provider of business to business solutions for global trading relationships. With more than 20 years of experience, Inovis enables collaborative business processes and solves the complete B2B integration challenge for more than 20,000 customers and their trading partners. The company`s comprehensive line of B2B software and managed services help companies speed transaction flows, synchronize product information and improve supply chain processes. For more information, visit http://www.inovis.com/.


Management, Online shopping, Product information management, Retailing