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A selection of recent announcements from the solution provider community regarding supply and demand chain enablement projects.

June 13, 2003  Following is a selection of recent announcements from the solution provider community regarding supply and demand chain enablement projects. These press releases are, for the most part, presented as received in the iSource Business newsroom. Datelines have been edited for consistency, and trademark and similar notations, as well as "forward looking statements," "safe harbor" and similar notices, have been removed.



Vitria Provides Business Integration Platform for The Relizon Company's Customer Portal

Vitria's BusinessWare Enables More than 1.5 Million Transactions per Month to be Processed through "Relizonline"

Sunnyvale, CA  June 2, 2003  Vitria, a leading provider of business process integration solutions, today announced the successful implementation of Vitria's BusinessWare at The Relizon Company, a leading provider of total business communications solutions. Vitria is providing the platform for seamless integration of Relizon's back-end systems with its Web-based customer portal, Relizonline 2.0.

Relizon helps customers achieve measurable results through business process improvements in document management, billing, and relationship marketing. The company sells print and Web-based solutions to more than 12,000 customers across the U.S. and Canada.

Relizon needed to eliminate its existing point-to-point integrations and move to a more integrated enterprise in order for Relizonline to be successful. Previous Web applications were built on native connections. With BusinessWare, legacy system data and data from fulfillment systems on the back end are now integrated with and visible through the Web applications. By utilizing the common standardized channels enabled by BusinessWare, Relizon has streamlined interactions with customers and automated its order management and fulfillment functionality, enabling Relizonline to process more than 1.5 million transactions per month.

"A customer portal was the ideal solution for our business, which demanded a more organized flow of information across the enterprise and a more efficient system for delivering information to customers," said Marge Putman, vice president of information technology at Relizon. "Vitria's BusinessWare has provided a robust platform enabling us to provide near real-time information, such as inventory levels and relevant pricing structures, to our customer communities quickly and thoroughly while freeing up our human resources to focus on higher level strategic initiatives."

Vitria's BusinessWare provides a platform of system integration, not system replacement, enabling existing systems to communicate, leading to lower operating costs, reduced time to market, more accurate and timely information delivery and increased customer satisfaction.

"Customer fulfillment is a process that inherently spans multiple applications, but a company's customers don't need to see the internal silos of information, rather they can view a total service company fulfilling their needs," said John Philpin, vice president of marketing, Vitria. "At Relizon, BusinessWare enabled the Relizonline project through data integration of the back-end systems, providing a single view and a single point of control to improve the customer experience while facilitating the on-time delivery and configure-to-order service that is required to maintain a competitive edge in today's customer driven marketplace."

About BusinessWare

Vitria's BusinessWare is a business process integration platform that orchestrates interactions across a company's existing applications, data, people and partners to continuously improve one or more strategic business processes. BusinessWare gives companies complete control and visibility of their business operations across their extended enterprise, enabling them to improve the efficiency of their business operations, reduce time to market for new products and services, develop closer relationships with their partners and customers, and rapidly respond to changing business conditions. The proven BusinessWare solution was the industry's first platform for business process-centric integration and is widely recognized as the most flexible and powerful solution available, adopted by more than 500 customers and partners in a broad range of industries.

About Relizon

Relizon helps customers achieve measurable results through business process improvements in document management, billing, and relationship marketing. Through serving more than 12,000 customers across a wide variety of industries for nearly 20 years, Relizon has created an unbeatable portfolio of "best practices" in each of its solution areas. Customers who source key processes from Relizon are better able to meet their business objectives, whether it's improved cash flow, revenue growth, or bottom-line savings. Applying a unique combination of deep process knowledge, operational expertise, and attention to detail, Relizon solves business communications problems and delivers measurable results, year after year. Relizon is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. Visit www.relizon.com.

About Vitria

Vitria is the leading provider of business process integration solutions. The company pioneered the enterprise application integration market in 1994 and the use of business process management in 1997, and is now the first integration solution provider to solve integration challenges through collaborative applications. With 23 offices around the world, Vitria's customer base includes such companies as Bell South, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, BP, DaimlerChrysler Bank, Dana, Generali, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, PacifiCare Health Systems, Reynolds and Reynolds, Schneider Logistics, Sprint, Trane, and Trans Union, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veteran's Affairs. For more information call +1-408-212-2700, email info@vitria.com or visit www.vitria.com.

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Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Selects Recruitsoft Solutions to Optimize Staffing Management

Recruitsoft Chosen to Enhance Member Firms' Staffing Processes to Reduce Costs, Improve Productivity Enterprise-wide and Find Quality Candidates Faster

San Francisco  June 2, 2003  Recruitsoft, Inc., the leading provider of staffing management solutions, from internal mobility to external hiring, today announced Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the world's leading professional services organizations, selected the Recruitsoft Enterprise Staffing Management Solution to assist its member firms to manage their staffing processes and activities.

Deloitte Global Director of Recruiting Kent Kirch stated, "Keeping stride with an ever-shifting marketplace, providing the widest range of assurance and advisory, tax and consulting services, demands skill, talent and, importantly, a collaborative environment that respects individual needs and promotes ongoing development, on a global basis. We selected Recruitsoft for its experience and proven track record in staffing optimization for global organizations with complex staffing processes like those at our member firms."

He continued, "We also feel that similar to Deloitte, the entire Recruitsoft team possesses an unsurpassed commitment to quality and expertise in their field. We are particularly impressed with Recruitsoft's methodologies, best practices and toolkits that support various staffing topologies for complex organizations for long-term improvements. We look forward to the benefits of implementing Recruitsoft's skills-based workflow platform and global solutions across multiple geographies to find quality candidates faster and increase productivity and cost savings as well."

Recruitsoft Vice President of Sales & Alliances Benoit Leclerc stated, "We are very pleased to be working with Deloitte to provide enterprise staffing solutions that optimize staffing across the organization. Our configurable workflow platform is designed to meet the diverse needs and business intricacies of organizations located around the world and caters to any staffing topology with respect to the type of position filled, business drivers and market considerations." He added, "We are confident that with our technology and services, Deloitte member firms will best structure their staffing processes to meet their long-term needs and efficiently manage the challenges of staffing, which include such complex issues as language, localization, privacy, diversity and accessibility."

About Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the world's leading professional services organizations, serves over one-half of the world's largest companies as well as large national enterprises, public institutions and successful fast-growing companies. With more than 119,000 people in over 140 countries, the member firms of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu deliver world-class assurance and advisory, tax and consulting services. Our internationally experienced professionals strive to deliver seamless, consistent services wherever our clients operate. Our mission is to help our clients and our people excel.

About Recruitsoft

Recruitsoft delivers services and technology to manage enterprise staffing, from internal mobility to external hiring. Recruitsoft solutions optimize the flow of talent throughout large organizations such as Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Dow Chemical, Blockbuster, Fortis, Inc., Washington Mutual, Agilent Technologies, PepsiAmericas, P & G, Thomson, Group Suez, Serono, Toyota, The Gillette Company, Bombardier, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UnitedHealth Group, among many others.

Recruitsoft solutions support every aspect of the staffing supply chain, from requisition management, sourcing, resume management, searching and prescreening to retention and career preference portals, enabling true e-headhunting, optimal staffing and mobility management. Recruitsoft Enterprise Staffing Solution helps large organizations to: find highly qualified candidates faster; better assign people to jobs; increase return on human assets; optimize the use of staffing resources; shorten the overall time to contribution; increase retention of the best and brightest contributors; manage the internal talent pool, enterprise-wide; and importantly, improve overall performance from the hired workforce, resulting in increased productivity. Recruitsoft has received a number of accolades, recently including the industry's leading staffing solution according to the HR.com and Talent Market Group's 2003 Buyers Guide.

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Welch's Selects LogicTools' Network Design Solutions

LogicNet Plus Analyzes Supply Chain Network

Chicago  June 3, 2003  LogicTools, a leading developer of supply chain planning solutions, announced today that Welch's, a top manufacturer and marketer of fruit juice and fruit-based foods, has selected LogicTools' strategic network design solution, LogicNet Plus to analyze its supply chain. LogicNet Plus will enable Welch's to analyze various distribution strategies and quantify the results in order to provide better service to customers and detect cost reduction opportunities.

"We believe that the ability to strategically plan and quantify our supply chain design provides us with opportunities for improved performance. We selected LogicTools because of their reputation and experience in this area," said Bruce True, Logistics Manager at Welch's.

LogicTools' solutions are used widely by Consumer Goods companies and in particular by food companies of various sizes including ConAgra, Del Monte, Kraft Foods, Sun-Maid Growers and Smithfield Foods. The ease of use and performance of the software combined with the LogicTools' expertise in modeling help these companies optimize the performance of their supply chains.

"We are excited to work with Welch's where our solutions can contribute to the bottom line of the business. The efficiency of the software combined with our expertise provides excellent value for companies looking to improve profitability," said Edith Simchi-Levi, VP Operations at LogicTools.

About Welch's

Welch's, which had sales in Fiscal Year 2002 of $553 million, is the world's leading marketer of Concord and Niagara grape-based products, including grape juice and fruit spreads. The company produces a variety of other fruit-based products, including 100% juices, juice cocktails and drinks in the following forms: bottled, refrigerated, single-serve and frozen and shelf-stable concentrates. In addition, Welch's produces a number of fruit spread products under both the Welch's and BAMA brand names. Welch's Web site can be found at www.welchs.com.

About LogicTools

LogicTools (www.logic-tools.com), founded in 1995 by David Simchi-Levi, Professor of engineering systems at MIT, offers supply chain software and services that support strategic, tactical, and inventory planning decisions in a variety of industries. LogicTools' solutions have revolutionized the market by replacing extremely complex, expensive and customized software implementations on the one hand and limited spreadsheet analysis on the other. Optimizing the supply chain results in not only significant savings (typically 5%-15%) but also provides clarity of vision and better understanding of the various tradeoffs.

LogicTools has customers across many industries including, CPG, Food, Retail, 3PL, High-Tech, Process & Discrete Manufacturing, Automotive and Public Sector. Some of LogicTools' customers include Black & Decker, ConAgra, Del Monte, General Motors, IBM, Kraft Foods, Mercer, Ryder Systems, SC Johnson, Truserv, UPS, US Postal service and many others.

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Kmart Selects Business Objects as Its Business Intelligence Platform

Chicago  June 10, 2003  Business Objects, the world's leading supplier of enterprise business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced today that Kmart Corporation, one of the nation's largest retailers, has chosen Business Objects as its enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform. Business intelligence software from Business Objects will allow Kmart managers and suppliers to track, understand and manage key operational, sales, and marketing metrics in the ongoing effort to keep costs down and boost revenue.

To learn more about how Business Objects is helping the world's largest retailers and consumer products companies make better business decisions daily, go to the retail solutions page on the Business Objects Web site: http://www.businessobjects.com/solutions/byindustry/retail.htm.

About Kmart Corporation

Kmart Corporation is a mass merchandising company that serves America through its Kmart and Kmart SuperCenter retail outlets. Find out more or shop online by visiting Kmart on the Web at http://www.kmart.com.

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading provider of enterprise business intelligence (BI) solutions. Business Objects enables organizations to track, understand, and manage enterprise performance. The company's solutions leverage the information that is stored in an array of corporate databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

Popular uses of BI include management dashboards and scorecards, enterprise performance management applications, customer intelligence applications, enterprise reporting, financial reporting, and both customer and partner extranets. These solutions enable companies to gain visibility into their business, acquire and retain profitable customers, reduce costs, optimize the supply chain, increase productivity and improve financial performance.

Business Objects provides the industry's most integrated business intelligence suite, called BusinessObjects Enterprise 6. This suite includes the industry's best Web query, reporting, and analysis; the most advanced and complete suite of analytic applications; and the best connectivity to packaged applications.

Business Objects has more than 17,500 customers in over 80 countries. The company's stock is publicly traded under the ticker symbols NASDAQ: BOBJ and Euronext Paris (Euroclear code 12074). It is included in the SBF 120 and IT CAC 50 French stock market indexes. Business Objects can be reached at 408/953-6000 and www.businessobjects.com.

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Commerce One Wins New Customers across Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific Companies Select New Commerce One Conductor Platform

Pleasanton, CA  June 10, 2003  Commerce One today announced momentum in the Asia Pacific region through new customer acquisitions in the first half of this year, including customers for its new composite applications platform, Commerce One Conductor. Far EasTone and Korean Aerospace Industries have chosen Commerce One Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) solutions to attain heightened efficiency and collaboration in their sourcing and purchasing processes. Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) joins GTWebKorea in selecting the Commerce One Conductor platform.

"ITRI turned to Commerce One for its history and expertise in helping companies collaborate over the Internet," said Dr. Peter Wang, deputy general director of ITRI. "We specifically chose Commerce One Conductor for its ability to automate and manage complex processes and interactions between users."

ITRI selected the Commerce One Conductor platform to support its joint venture with the Taiwanese government in creating the Silicon Intellectual Property Mall to provide an Internet-based catalogue for chip developers to share and contribute intellectual property across their community. The Commerce One Conductor platform is designed to transform and accelerate the way applications and business processes are deployed by helping companies to quickly and easily create, connect and coordinate business processes between customers and partners without being limited by the constraints of existing applications or platforms.

Commerce One also continued to build upon its strong position in the SRM market with new customer wins including Far EasTone, a leading telecommunications provider in Taiwan, which was secured through Commerce One's partnership with Com2B of Taiwan, and the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), the Republic of Korea's national aerospace company established with the consolidation of Samsung Aerospace, Daewoo Heavy Industries and Hyundai Space and Aircraft Co.

"The customer activity we are experiencing in the Asia Pacific area is indicative of our strong reputation in the region. Our technology is specifically designed for the type of global reach and tight partnerships that are the hallmark of Asian companies," said Mark Hoffman, chairman and CEO, Commerce One. "Given the positive feedback we are receiving, we are clearly addressing an important need by offering new technologies that make systems connect more deeply, reach more broadly and adapt more easily."

About Commerce One

From its initial roots in Internet-based software applications to its establishment of the world's largest e-commerce trading network, Commerce One has consistently been at the forefront of delivering advanced technologies that help global businesses collaborate with their partners, customers and suppliers over the Internet. Commerce One has defined many of the open standards and protocols established for business networks today and our global customer base represent leaders in a wide range of industries. Commerce One's newest 6.0 Conductor platform and supporting set of composite applications represent the next generation of collaborative solutions that enable enterprises to optimize their existing technology investments and enhance functionality of existing applications and processes. For more information, go to www.commerceone.com.

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The Home Depot Subscribes to UCCnet Registration and Synchronization Services to Improve Supply Chain Efficiencies

Lawrenceville, NJ  June 9, 2003  UCCnet, a not-for-profit organization that provides item registry and synchronization services, announced today that The Home Depot will begin implementing the organization's item registration and synchronization services for its more than 1,500 stores located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico this year. Additionally, Home Depot is in the process of requesting its suppliers subscribe to UCCnet to begin the process of implementing UCCnet's item registration and data synchronization services.

The Home Depot will register location data in the UCCnet GLOBALregistry, an industry-supported repository for standardized item, location, and trading partner data. Home Depot's suppliers will also register item data in the GLOBALregistry. Once registered, UCCnet checks the data for compliance to industry standards. Home Depot will then use UCCnet's item synchronization service to synchronize the registry-compliant data with its suppliers, ensuring that all suppliers are using identical, up-to-date, standards-compliant data.

"Every trading partner of Home Depot will implement these common data standards to help reduce errors and supply chain costs. This is a critical industry initiative, and that is why there is such an unprecedented level of support from major retailers and suppliers in the industry," said Mark Healy, Senior Director of Merchandising Operations for Home Depot.

"The benefits of subscribing to UCCnet's GLOBALregistry will make Home Depot's supply chain even more efficient and effective," said Rhonda B. Horn, Vice President of Business Development for UCCnet. "Home Depot is demonstrating true industry leadership by joining the 600 other supply and demand side trading partners as members of the UCCnet community."

An industry study conducted by A.T. Kearney estimated that $40 billion, or 3.5 percent, of total sales lost each year are due to supply chain information inefficiencies. Specifically, the study showed that 30 percent of items in retail catalogs have data errors, which cost between $60 and $80 each and consume 25 minutes of manual correction per SKU. Other findings revealed that 60 percent of all invoices generated errors and 43 percent of all invoices resulted in deductions.

UCCnet's services will enable suppliers and their retail partners to reduce costly administrative errors in invoice pricing, purchase orders, product delivery and scanning accuracy. In addition, companies will be able to increase the speed of getting new products to market and facilitate changes to existing item information. Synchronized data in a standard format also provides a solid foundation for realizing the true cost savings value of more advanced e-commerce tools such as scan-based trading and Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR).

About UCCnet

UCCnet is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt neutral organization that provides item registry and data synchronization based on industry-developed standards. UCCnet provides a foundation for electronic commerce and cost effective transaction of data among partners. Through its support of global EAN.UCC standards, UCCnet delivers an open platform for collaborative commerce services, including compliance verification, synchronization of product information, registry and lifecycle management of synchronized products, user locations and user trade capabilities. As a subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council, Inc., the global standards organization, UCCnet leverages its position to enable the rapid, clear development of industry Internet standards and practices. In addition, UCCnet certifies technology solution providers and provides implementation methodology, allowing small, medium and large enterprises to implement item registry and data synchronization services into their business in a swift and efficient manner. For more information, visit www.UCCnet.org.

About The Home Depot

Founded in 1978, The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States, with fiscal 2002 sales of $58.2 billion. The company employs approximately 300,000 associates and has 1,580 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, eight Canadian provinces, and Mexico. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HD) and is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

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