Carter’s expands its relationship with Jesta I.S.

Paul Demery

Jesta’s Vision Sourcing will enable Carter’s to streamline its global sourcing operations for their Carter’s and Oshkosh Brands

New York, NY – August 9, 2006 - Jesta I.S., a leading supplier of business solutions for the soft goods, specialty, apparel, and footwear industries, announced today that Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE: CRI), the largest branded marketer in the United States of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, is expanding its relationship with Jesta I.S. by implementing Jesta’s Vision Sourcing solution. With Carter’s acquisition of Oshkosh B`Gosh, one of America’s best-known children’s apparel brands, the organization is well positioned to face the competitiveness of increasing retail consolidation. However, with acquisition comes the challenge of managing data between disparate systems across multiple divisions. Carter’s recognized both the need to integrate IT functions and to update its current systems, to ensure that it had a solid technology infrastructure in place to support their global sourcing and planning operations.

Carter’s initiated a software evaluation process in this area spanning a six month period. The organization concluded that Jesta’s Vision Sourcing application was the best choice to streamline this component of their IT and business operations to further improve and support an efficient and responsive supply chain.

“While maintaining the uniqueness of the Carter’s and Oshkosh Brands in the marketplace, our approach, from a technology and infrastructure perspective, has been to leverage the synergies and best practices between both IT organizations to create a common infrastructure platform. We chose Jesta’s Vision Sourcing solution to further support our technology vision, strategy and direction in the planning and global sourcing areas of our business. We fully anticipate improved visibility and tracking, reduced costs and increased overall efficiencies, as a result of implementing this new system”, stated Robert Papirner, Chief Information Officer for Carter’s, Inc.

“Jesta has been working with Carter’s for several years and we are pleased that the relationship will continue to prosper. This is another great win for Jesta and we are confident that Carter’s will meet its goals using Vision Sourcing and leveraging Jesta’s apparel expertise”, commented Leslie Belcher, President of Jesta I.S.

About Carter’s, Inc.
Carter`s, Inc. is the largest branded marketer in the United States of apparel exclusively for babies and young children. Carter`s markets its Carter`s and OshKosh B`Gosh brands, two of the most trusted and recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in more than 4,000 department and national chain stores and through 349 company-operated retail stores. The OshKosh B`Gosh brand is also sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. Carter`s Child of Mine and Just One Year brands are available at Wal-Mart and Target, respectively. OshKosh B`Gosh`s Genuine Kids brand is sold at Target. Carter`s is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information may be found at www.carters.com.

About Jesta I.S.
Jesta I.S. is a leading supplier of business solutions leveraging more than 35 years of expertise in supply chain management systems for manufacturers, distributors and retailers primarily in the soft goods and specialty industries worldwide. Jesta I.S. is recognized for its expertise, innovative products and services and its commitment to evolving business solutions in today’s rapidly changing business world. Jesta I.S.’ solutions process essential business management information for well known industry leaders including Perry Ellis International (NASDAQ: PERY), Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO), Town Shoes Limited, TOO Inc. (NYSE: TOO), Cole Haan, Haggar Clothing Co., Cavender’s Boot City and Maidenform (NYSE: MFB) as well as many others. Additional information is available at www.jestais.com

Copyright (2006) Jesta I.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. All information contained in this document is the property of Jesta I.S. Inc. Vision Sourcing is a trademark of Jesta I.S. Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.


Christina Park
Director, Marketing
Jesta I.S. Inc.


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