Carter's Dresses Up Its Supply Chain

Jesta's Vision Sourcing expected to streamline children's apparel marketer's global sourcing operations for its Carter's and Oshkosh Brands

New York, NY — August 11, 2006 — Carter's Inc., the largest branded marketer in the United States of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, is expanding its relationship with Jesta I.S., a supplier of business solutions for the soft goods, specialty, apparel and footwear industries, 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 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 its 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 its 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, explained Robert Papirner, chief information officer for Carter's Inc. 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.

Leslie Belcher, president of Jesta I.S., commented: Jesta has been working with Carter's for several years and we are pleased that the relationship will continue to prosper. We are confident that Carter's will meet its goals using Vision Sourcing and leveraging Jesta's apparel expertise.