Smith Optics Sees Promise in Sales Order Management Solution

Sunglasses and goggles manufacturer taps CenterStone Technologies to make it easier for retailers to do business with the company

Denver, CO — August 11, 2005 — Smith Optics of Sun Valley, Idaho, which manufactures a diverse line of fashion and performance sunglasses and goggles, has selected the CenterStone Technologies Inc.'s iVendix globally enabled online sales order management software application.

We made an exhaustive search for an order management solution, but until we found CenterStone Technologies we were not convinced that other B2B or remote order entry software programs were suited to our business model, which is dependent on high reorders and stock rotations, said Scott Robinson, sales manager at Smith Optics. Many of the other applications had similar features, but none were as robust, and CenterStone was the most responsive at solving the problems we encountered.

Tom Detmer, president and CEO of CenterStone Technologies Inc., commented that the decision by Smith Optics to offer iVendix solution will allow them to take advantage of the specialty retailers already using CenterStone's sales order management solution.

Dealers and sales reps have been very quick to adopt the CenterStone solution, and we expect that Smith's choice of CenterStone will have a significant, positive impact on their business, Detmer said. Currently more than 8,000 retailers have access to the online solution, and our dealer base should be a great benefit to Smith Optics as they grow their business.

Robinson went on to say, The trade show' environment that is offered through the CenterStone solution will make it that much easier for our customers to do business with us, as it is the same system they are using for a host of their other suppliers, such as The North Face, Pearl Izumi, Marmot, Helly Hansen, Sport Obermeyer, Ex Officio, KHS Bicycles and others. CenterStone's order management application allows Smith to provide order management 24/7 for our sales force. With CenterStone as our partner, Smith Optics will continue to raise the bar for customer service in the eyewear market.