Mervyns selects NSB`s .NET-based Store solution

Kurt Peters

Leading retailer seeking rapid implementation of new store technology chooses highly configurable Store, Communications, and Sales Audit solutions from NSB

Montreal, Canada, February 7, 2006 - Retail software provider NSB is pleased to announce that Mervyns, a leading promotional department store, has signed a licensing agreement for Connected Retailer® Store, Communications, and Sales Audit.

After its sale from previous ownership was complete, as a newly independent company Mervyns began a detailed search in 2005 for technology providers to implement an all new company-wide technology and systems upgrade - which includes financial, merchandising, point-of-sale applications and supply-chain solutions - all at one time.

To support the new strategy, Mervyns required agile solutions that could be implemented quickly. "We are on an accelerated timeline to replace all systems company-wide," says Kurt Streitz, senior vice president and chief information officer for Mervyns. "To be successful, we require a high degree of functional fit to meet the initial implementation with no modifications. At the same time, we also wanted a system that could adapt easily to our evolving business needs. NSB`s highly configurable Connected Retailer Store Solution allowed us to meet and at times exceed those objectives. In addition, their professionalism and in-depth understanding of our business make them the ideal partners to support our plans for future growth."

Stuart Mitchell, NSB`s CFO and Senior Vice-President for Store, adds, "Mervyns is in a very exciting position to take advantage of new business and technology opportunities, all of which are perfectly aligned with our Store solution. Driven by the Microsoft .NET platform, Connected Retailer Store delivers unmatched performance and flexibility resulting in faster implementations and low total cost of ownership (TCO). NSB is .NET for retail, and we are proud to be able to play a role in Mervyns` success."

Connected Retailer Store Solution is a best-of-breed store automation system that includes POS, back office, and a complete configuration toolset that allows retailers to modify business rules - rapidly and on their own - in response to their changing business needs.

About Mervyns
Mervyns LLC, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a family-friendly promotional neighborhood department store offering trend-right fashions and home décor for the entire family at affordable prices. With 190 locations in 10 states, Mervyns 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 Mervyns` Web site at www.mervyns.com.

About NSB Group
NSB Group is a total solutions provider for retailers of apparel, footwear, and specialty merchandise. Backed by more than 30 years of success, NSB works as a partner with our clients to map clear paths from where they are to where they`d like to be, and we equip them with the solutions to get them there.

NSB`s acclaimed Connected Retailer® suite includes Planning, Merchandising, Sourcing and Product Development, CRM, Sales Analytics, Store Operations, and POS, plus hardware and comprehensive client services - from consulting and development to implementation, training, and 24/7 support. The Connected Retailer® can be implemented at the client site or hosted by NSB through our Managed Services offering. For more information about the NSB Group and our Connected Retailer® solutions, visit our website at www.nsbgroup.com.

2006 NSB Retail Solutions Inc. Connected Retailer, NSB, NSB logos, and 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, 400 Venture Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (USA). Email: cdeluca@nsbgroup.com. Phone: (614) 840-1448. Fax: (514) 426-0824.


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