The Vitamin Shoppe chooses NSB`s Connected Retailer Store Solution

Paul Demery

New York, New York, January 17, 2005 - Today at the National Retail Federation`s 94th Annual Convention and Expo, NSB announced that The Vitamin Shoppe has signed a license agreement for NSB`s .NET-based Connected Retailer® Store solution. The Vitamin Shoppe will also upgrade their current NSB CRM, Sales Audit, and communications applications. The contract includes software, services, and a multi-year maintenance agreement.

Since 1977, The Vitamin Shoppe® has grown into one of America`s leading retailers of quality vitamins and nutritional supplements. They offer over 25,000 items from more than 400 brand names in over 225 stores throughout the United States and the District of Columbia. The retailer was looking to enhance their customers` experience in the store and to update their existing store systems to new technology as they continue to grow their business.

"Vitamin Shoppe customers rely on us for incredible selection and value. With NSB`s new store solution, we`re able to enhance our competitive advantage by offering top-line customer service by, for example, providing our sales associates with real time customer information," says Mike Morris, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The Vitamin Shoppe. "NSB has been our technology partner since 1998 and we look forward to working with them in the future."

NSB Senior Vice President Glenn Kerrick says, "We look forward to furthering our partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe as they continue to grow and implement NSB`s Store solution based on .NET technology. The solution will enable them to respond quickly to their ever changing multi-channel business needs and top up their in-store mix with the best consumer experience possible."

Connected Retailer Store Solution is a best-of-breed store automation system that gives retailers unparalleled flexibility. Using the power of XML, Web Services, and the .NET framework, retailers can decide where each business function actually runs without requiring additional development - thereby allowing flexible deployment models such as thin-client or even thin-store (a centrally hosted system). Connected Retailer Store enables retailers to respond rapidly to changing in-store needs by taking advantage of the highly configurable nature of the product or by extending the application using .NET inheritance.


About The Vitamin Shoppe
The Vitamin Shoppe® is America`s Health Superstore - offering more than 25,000 products from over 400 national brands. In addition to a super selection of products, The Vitamin Shoppe offers super Value Prices on every item, every day! That`s super values and savings on thousands of vitamins, minerals, herbs, books, homeopathic remedies, sports nutrition supplements, beauty care products, and everything else for optimum health and nutrition. The Vitamin Shoppe. You`ll Get More from America`s Health Superstore - More Brands, More Savings, More Service.

The Vitamin Shoppe provides three convenient ways to shop: in one of over 225 retail stores nationwide (with more stores opening monthly), online at www.vitaminshoppe.com, or from information-packed monthly catalogs. Whichever way customers choose to shop, they get the highest level of product selection, savings, and service, every day.

©Vitamin Shoppe Industries Inc. The Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin Shoppe logos, America`s Health Superstore & certain other marks are trademarks or service marks of Vitamin Shoppe Industries Inc.

About NSB Group
NSB Group is a total solutions provider for retailers of apparel, footwear, and specialty merchandise. In addition to one-stop shopping for feature-rich products to enhance all key areas of the retail enterprise, we offer hardware and comprehensive client services - from consulting and development to implementation and 24/7 support.

NSB`s acclaimed Connected Retailer® suite includes Planning, Sourcing and Product Development, Merchandising, Store, Sales Analytics, and CRM. Backed by more than 30 years of success, we apply these solutions to create low-risk, high-reward business environments that enable our clients to profit from today`s new retail experience. For more information about the NSB Group and the Connected Retailer®, visit our website at www.nsbgroup.com.

2005 NSB Retail Solutions Inc. Connected Retailer, NSB, NSB logos, & certain other marks are trademarks or service marks of NSB Retail Solutions Inc. or another NSB company. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

For more information:
Candice DeLuca, Public Relations Manager, NSB Group, 400 Venture Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (USA). Email: cdeluca@nsbgroup.com. Phone: (614) 840-1448. Fax: (514) 426-0824.

Tracy Fairchild, Director of Communications, NSB Group, 2800 Trans-Canada Highway, Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 1B1 (Canada). Email: tfairchild@nsbgroup.com. Phone: (514) 426-0822. Fax: (514) 426-0824.

Suzanne Calfee, Vice President, The Vitamin Shoppe, 2101 91st Street, North Bergen, New Jersey 07047. Email: scalfee@vitaminshoppe.com. Phone (201) 624-3094. Fax (201) 624-3884.

Candice DeLuca
Public Relations Manager
Communications Department
NSB Group
Phone: (614) 840-1448
Fax: (514) 426-0824
Email: cdeluca@nsbgroup.com
Website: www.nsbgroup.com


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