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

May 28, 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.



The Yokohama Rubber Co. Deploys Ariba Buyer

Sunnyvale, CA  May 20, 2003  Ariba, Inc., the leading Enterprise Spend Management (ESM) solutions provider, today announced that Yokohama Rubber, a leading global rubber and polymer provider, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has commenced implementation of the AribaBuyer procurement solution.

Yokohama Rubber has initially deployed Ariba Buyer at its headquarters, and plans to widely deploy the solution throughout the company by October 2003. Online procurement network services and integration services are provided by Dee Corp.

Yokohama Rubber is transforming its manual, internal business processes, including its procurement processes, into automatic, online processes for increased efficiencies and cost savings. The implementation of the Ariba Buyer solution enables Yokohama to transact electronically with suppliers, achieve greater visibility and transparency of its enterprise-wide spend, and reduce procurement-related costs by utilizing a more efficient purchase process.

Yokohama Rubber will use Ariba Buyer to manage the procurement of factory sub-materials such as tools, general equipment, maintenance, and general office supplies and equipment.

"Leading Japanese companies such as Yokohama Rubber clearly understand the significant benefits and competitive edge an effective ESM solution can provide," said Leo Keeley, VP and general manager for Asia Pacific, Ariba, Inc. "Proven Ariba technology, coupled with integration and support services expertise from our local partner, Dee Corp., should enable a successful transition for Yokohama Rubber from time-intensive manual purchasing processes to an automated, online Spend Management solution, delivering real results."

Ariba Buyer, a key component of Ariba Spend Management, automates the full buying cycle for improved enterprise-wide management and tracking of spend operations. In addition to restricting maverick buying and other uncontrolled spending by driving stakeholder compliance with negotiated contracts, Ariba Buyer delivers rapid cost savings by increasing the efficiency of the entire procurement process from requisition to payment: slashing transaction expenses, decreasing cycle times, and leveraging supplier relationships.

About Ariba

Ariba, Inc. is the leading Enterprise Spend Management (ESM) solutions provider. Ariba helps companies develop and leverage spend management as a core competency to drive significant bottom line results. Ariba Spend Management software and services allow companies to align their organizations with a spend-centric focus and deploy closed-loop processes for increased efficiencies and sustainable savings. Ariba can be contacted in the U.S. at 650-390-1000 or at www.ariba.com.

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Carrefour Selects Xythos Software for Internet File Management

World's Second Largest Retailer Addresses Secure Collaboration with Leading WebDAV Server

San Francisco  May 19, 2003  Xythos Software, the leading Internet file management software provider, today announced that Carrefour, the world's second largest retailer, has selected the Xythos WebFile Server (WFS) for secure file access and collaboration via the Internet. Initial implementation of Xythos products will support the Carrefour retail locations throughout Spain.

Carrefour has 9,200 stores in 30 countries where employees have a growing need to safely and easily share information from any location. Xythos' WebDAV based products allow users to securely access, manage and share file information from anywhere on the Internet via a Web browser or through familiar desktop applications. Unlike more complex and expensive enterprise content management and collaboration products, Xythos solutions are designed to work directly inside the current applications of customers like Carrefour, minimizing deployment costs and user learning requirements.

Carrefour Spain expects to have their Xythos file management solution implemented quickly due to the Internet standards based architecture of the WFS and its ability to leverage Carrefour's existing server, client and storage system investments. "Customers such as Carrefour must think globally while acting locally," added Xythos CEO, Ed Miller. "Xythos products help them easily integrate any file content into distributed business processes so that they can securely respond to their markets in real time."

Carrefour Spain will begin using the Xythos WFS to help its store managers and regional directors, supporting approximately 150 retail locations, access and manage documents and files containing sales data, merchandising information and product pricing. By having secure access to and immediate control of this information, Carrefour Spain management is able to make better decisions regarding product purchasing, distribution and merchandising.

The Xythos solution will integrate directly with Carrefour's Active Directory and WebSphere platform to simplify system authentication and security; while Xythos' advanced file permissions will provide users with even greater control over how information can be shared between them. The Xythos WFS will also reduce the burden on Carrefour's email systems by replacing file attachments with secure URLs pointing to a single instance of the file stored safely in the WFS repository.

Based in Paris, Carrefour is the largest retailer in Europe and the second largest worldwide. Carrefour stock is publicly traded on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices.

Xythos Software, Inc.

Xythos Software is the leading developer of Internet file management software for secure file access and sharing. Xythos' WebDAV compliant WebFile Server and WebFile Client products help enterprise customers easily find and share information from any Internet location while improving file system security and reducing the load on email systems. Founded in 1999, Xythos is a privately held San Francisco company with funding from IDG Ventures and Mobius Venture Capital.

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ABX LOGISTICS Selects Rate Explorer to Improve Profitability and Streamline Operations

Global Provider of Logistics Services Automates Contracts with Proven Solution from Management Dynamics

East Rutherford, NJ  May 19, 2003  Management Dynamics, Inc., the market leader in tariff and contract management solutions for the ocean transportation industry, today announced that ABX LOGISTICS, among the world's top ten providers of logistics services, has chosen Rate Explorer to streamline its US operations through automated contract management. ABX LOGISTICS (USA) will use Rate Explorer to improve its buy-side cost management and increase its margins through faster, more accurate price quotes.

Jens Tubbesing, President of ABX LOGISTICS (USA), said, "ABX LOGISTICS delivers superior and consistent levels of process quality by successfully leveraging information technology. Contract management, however, was always one of the most difficult processes to automate until we discovered Rate Explorer." He continued, "Rate Explorer is the buy-side foundation for our business that allows us to better manage our costs and go-to-market with sell-side pricing that is aligned with our target margins."

Rate Explorer will be used throughout ABX LOGISTICS import and export operations to accurately calculate bottom-line charges across 30 contracts. Over 100 ABX LOGISTICS employees in the US will have centralized access to contracts with up-to-date amendments, including visibility to forward-filed charges. In this way, contracts will be efficiently integrated with ABX quoting, booking and freight audit processes to improve productivity and speed response. In addition, ABX pricing analysts will use Rate Explorer to accurately identify alternative service options and develop pricing that better supports their margin objectives.

President and COO of Management Dynamics, John Preuninger, said, "We welcome the opportunity to assist ABX LOGISTICS by automating their contracts and realizing improvements in their buy-side and sell-side processes. Rate Explorer is a proven, enterprise-class solution that will enable ABX LOGISTICS to achieve their objectives to contain costs and react faster to market opportunities."

About ABX LOGISTICS

ABX LOGISTICS, among the world's top 10 providers of logistics services currently operates in over 35 countries, specializing in road freight transport, railroad transport, air and sea freight and contract logistics. Its overseas organization comprises 46 offices in 12 Asia Pacific countries and 41 offices in a further 8 countries in the Americas. ABX LOGISTICS companies across the world play a major role in international freight. For more information about ABX LOGISTICS, visit the Web site at www.abxlogistics.com or contact: Andrea K. Bommers, ABX LOGISTICS Communications Manager Asia Pacific & Americas, +65-65483-693.

About Management Dynamics, Inc.

Headquartered in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Management Dynamics is the market leader in tariff and contract management solutions for the ocean transportation industry. The company's flagship product, Rate Explorer, is a Web-based solution that automates contracts to improve operations and reduce costs for importers, exporters, transportation intermediaries, and carriers. With the industry's most accurate rating engine, Rate Explorer is used to calculate complete bottom-line charges prior to quoting or booking, identify and eliminate invoice errors, and improve back-office productivity. Rate Explorer is the time-proven solution with over 6,000 users processing 8,000,000 transactions per month. For more information, please call 201/935-8588 or visit www.managementdynamics.com.

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Cirqit Contracted to Provide Comprehensive Procurement and Sourcing Services to Nortek

Whippany, NJ  May 20, 2003  Cirqit, a leading provider of e-procurement and price management software for the print category, announced today that it has completed the first phase of an enterprise wide deployment with Nortek, Inc.

Under the terms of a three-year agreement, Nortek will outsource print related procurement, sourcing, and supply chain management activities to Cirqit.

"Cirqit has delivered impressive results," said Raj Bhalla, Head of Strategic Sourcing at Nortek. "In our first full quarter of deployment, we have realized significant hard cost savings and captured almost all of the commercial print spend from eight of our largest operating divisions."

Cirqit is providing managed print procurement services for Nortek that includes e-procurement software, business services, and print purchasing experts. In addition to managing print procurement at the buyer level, Cirqit has consolidated Nortek's print supply chain, negotiated contract pricing, standardized processes, and implemented best practices. Cirqit's eRFQ application, Order-It, is used by Nortek to submit requests for print production. Cirqit's buyers then use Order-It and the price management application, Price-It, to source work to the most cost effective supplier.

We are pleased to be working with Nortek's corporate sourcing group and all of the Nortek operating units," said Mark Hausser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cirqit, Inc. "This agreement presents Cirqit with the opportunity to deliver maximum value for the Nortek organization by utilizing our full software and service offering."

Cirqit will continue to extend across the Nortek organization to additional business units, and will incorporate additional types of printed material including labels and business forms.

About Nortek

Nortek (a wholly owned subsidiary of Nortek Holdings, Inc.) is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of high-quality, competitively priced building, remodeling and indoor environmental control products for the residential and commercial markets. Nortek offers a broad array of products for improving the environments where people live and work. Its products include range hoods and other spot ventilation products; heating and air conditioning systems; vinyl products, including windows and doors, siding, decking, fencing and accessories; indoor air quality systems; and specialty electronic products.

About Cirqit

Cirqit is a software and services company focused on the unique challenges of print procurement within the Fortune 2000. As a Procurement Service Provider (PSP), Cirqit delivers cost savings through Consulting Services, Internet-based Software Applications, or Procurement Outsourcing Services. Cirqit's headquarters is located in Whippany, N.J. The company's sales offices are located in Chicago, Seattle, Whippany and Santiago, Chile. Cirqit can be found on the Web at www.cirqit.com.

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LSI Logic Selects Datasweep Solutions for Operations Performance Management

Datasweep Solutions to Improve Operations and Customer Service for Leading ASICs and Storage Network Solutions Provider

San Jose, CA  May 20, 2003  Datasweep, Inc., the leader in operations performance management solutions for manufacturers, today announced that LSI Logic Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of communications, consumer and storage semiconductors and storage network solutions for the enterprise, will implement Datasweep Advantage solutions.

"LSI Logic is dedicated to serving its market-leading communications, consumer and storage customers with innovative products and best-in-class service," said Bruce Decock, CIO at LSI Logic. "Datasweep will provide key solutions to help us improve operations and customer service."

"We are pleased that LSI Logic has chosen Datasweep solutions and can utilize our product capabilities as a competitive advantage to improve their operations," said Vladimir Preysman, president and CEO of Datasweep.

The Datasweep Advantage suite is designed to improve the performance of a manufacturer's operations through a set of integrated operations management and analytic solutions. With an advanced data management infrastructure, Datasweep software connects production to the extended supply chain in order to drive continuous improvement  tracking parts and defects from system to component level, detecting and alerting management of adverse trends, proactively monitoring and managing exception tracking and handling, initiating corrective and preventive actions, and expediting turnaround time of failure analysis, returns and repair  to deliver the greatest customer satisfaction while facilitating FDA and ISO compliancy.

About Datasweep

Datasweep is the leader in operations performance management solutions for manufacturers. Datasweep solutions uniquely enable global manufacturers to collect, aggregate, analyze and act on product and operational data from the entire product lifecycle and supply chain, improving process efficiencies and product quality, reducing product lifecycle costs and ensuring regulatory compliance. Datasweep customers are achieving fast time-to-benefit and lower cost of ownership, deploying in as few as eight weeks. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Datasweep serves customers in high-tech, life sciences, automotive, telecommunications and other industries, including Flextronics International, Ltd. (FLEX), General Electric (GE), Harris Corporation (HRS), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC), Lucent (LU), Plexus (PLXS), Sanmina-SCI (SANM), Siemens Medical Group USA, Inc. (SI), SonoSite (SONO) and St. Jude Medical (SJM). Additional information can be found on the Internet at www.datasweep.com.

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DMV Stainless S.A. Goes Live with i2 Factory Planner

Seamless Stainless Steel Tube Producer Targets Reductions in Costs and Stock alongside Improvements in Profits and Customer Loyalty

Munich, Germany  May 20, 2003  i2 Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of end-to-end supply chain management solutions, today announced that seamless stainless steel tube producer DMV Stainless has gone live with i2 Factory Planner at its Remscheid plant in Germany.

The implementation, which was carried out by i2 partner 4Production, puts DMV closer to its goal of improved customer satisfaction, reduced costs and increased profits.

"The benefits derive from maximized throughput and order execution at the right time," says Marc Hartmann, managing director DMV Group. "We need to make maximum possible use of our production capacity and at the same time fulfill the highly specific demands of our customers, and this means better planning. Using i2 Factory Planner will enable us to more effectively plan our production and manage our materials in our four locations by looking at them as only one plant."

DMV produces a wide range of seamless stainless steel, nickel alloy tubes and pipes from four locations worldwide (Remscheid Germany, Montbard France, Costa Volpino Italy and Houston, USA). During the production, materials at different stages of refinement are transferred between the four plants. Especially in the European plants, the exchange of material is high. i2 Factory Planner is designed to allow DMV to optimize the flow of materials from plant to plant and onwards to the customer, with significant potential cost savings and performance improvements.

"i2 Factory Planner is ideally suited to complex supply chain environments, such as this," says Erwin Bronk, COO 4Production. "We were able to implement the solution at DMV within just five months, and already DMV has the realization of its business goals within sight."

The solution is designed to help DMV:

  • Significantly improve delivery performance

  • Reduce customer lead time

  • Process and confirm all orders within 24 hours

  • Reduce planning times

  • Better allocate and track orders to ensure better customer service

  • Reduce stocks held to cut working capital requirements and reduce stocking risks

  • Reduce work in progress inventory to maximize output

  • Make full use of the available capacity of the plants and avoid gaps in production

With i2 Factory Planner now live at Remscheid Germany, 4Production plans to implement the solution at DMV's plants in Italy and France over the coming months to create a fully integrated planning environment in Europe. Part of the i2 Supply Chain Management solution suite, i2 Factory Planner simultaneously manages material and capacity constraints to develop feasible operating cycles for plants, departments, production lines or work centers.

About DMV

DMV is one of the world's leading producers of seamless stainless steel and nickel alloy tubes and pipes. Under the joint ownership of Mannesmannrohren-Werke a wholly owned subsidiary of the Salzgitter Group and Vallourec DMV offers the best qualitative performance in this segment. DMV has got three manufacturing facilities in Europe, one in the USA and also a worldwide sales organization. With the geographical presence and organizational flexibility DMV meets all the diverse and demanding requirements of worldwide markets and customers. DMV's comprehensive product range covers seamless tubes and pipes  from outside diameter 6 to 1100 mm with suitable wall thickness  in stainless steel, high sophisticated nickel and special grades thanks to their state of the art manufacturing equipment and processes.

About 4Production

Founded in 1998, 4Production specializes in helping customers improve production processes in the dimensioning production. Its range of services includes consulting, implementation of business strategies, branch-optimized supply chain planning and execution concepts and their implementation with standard systems from leading manufacturers in combination with its own IT tools.

About i2

A leading provider of end-to-end supply chain management solutions, i2 designs and delivers software that helps customers optimize and synchronize activities involved in successfully managing supply and demand. More than 1,000 of the world's leading companies, including seven of the Fortune global top 10, have selected i2 to help solve their most critical supply chain challenges. Founded in 1988 with a commitment to customer success, i2 remains focused on delivering value by implementing solutions designed to provide a rapid return on investment. Learn more at www.i2.com.

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Black & Decker Drives Superior Customer Service with Manugistics Global Logistics Sourcing Solutions

Rockville, MD  May 20, 2003  Manugistics Group, Inc., a leading global provider of supply chain and logistics optimization solutions, today announced that Black & Decker successfully completed, in just seven days, an automated Web-based, real-time Request for Quotation (RFQ) process with all of their European Truckload, Less Than Truckload (LTL) and Parcel carriers  helping improve overall service and transportation costs across Europe.

"Black & Decker has reduced transportation costs in Europe by automating the RFQ process with Manugistics' Web-enabled rates procurement RFQ solution" said John Schmitt, Director, Global Transportation at Black & Decker. "We were able to optimize across our carrier base by considering cost, service and business constraints while producing a significant ROI to Black & Decker's bottom line."

Manugistics Global Logistics Sourcing Solutions helped enable Black & Decker to take advantage of a community of over 2600 carriers in a competitive real-time environment, which provides a dynamic, electronic method of collecting and analyzing lane, price, and capacity information. The solution helps enable collaboration with logistics service providers, and assists in awarding contracts to providers who best meet various business priorities, qualifications, specifications, service levels and pricing outlined by Black & Decker. Over the seven day process, Black & Decker solicited the Manugistics carrier community, and invited additional providers to the event  eventually totaling 56 carriers bidding on 1,072 lanes, helping service over nine facilities across Europe.

"We are extremely proud of our ability to provide solutions and deliver the business results our clients require to sustain a competitive advantage," says Jeff McKinney, Manugistics' President of Americas operations. "Black & Decker is an excellent example of how our partnerships with clients result in bottom line cost reductions and customer service."

Since 1991, Black & Decker, the leading manufacturer of power tools and accessories, has successfully utilized Manugistics for a wide range of strategic supply chain management solutions.

About Black & Decker Corporation

Black & Decker is the nation's #1 producer of power tools and accessories, mainly under the DeWALT and Black & Decker names. It also makes electric lawn and garden tools, plumbing products (Price Pfister), specialty fastening and assembly systems, security hardware (Kwikset), and cleaning and lighting products (Dustbuster vacuum cleaners, SnakeLight flashlights). Its largest customers include Home Depot and Lowe's.

About Manugistics Group, Inc.

Manugistics is a leader in delivering innovative pricing and supply chain software solutions. Today, more than 1,200 clients trust Manugistics to help them reduce costs, increase revenues and enhance margins. The company provides comprehensive solutions for supply chain management, service and parts management, pricing and revenue optimization, and supplier relationship management. Its clients include industry leaders such as AT&T, Airgas, BMW, Boeing, Brown & Williamson, Caterpillar, Cisco Systems, Circuit City, Coca-Cola Bottling, Continental Airlines, DaimlerChrysler, Diageo, DuPont, Fairchild Semiconductor, Ford Motor Company, Harley-Davidson, Nestle, RadioShack, Smith & Nephew and Unilever. For more information, go to http://www.manugistics.com.

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Wieland Group Deploys SeeBeyond as Global Integration Platform

Comprehensive Platform to Optimize Business Process Management with Customers and Suppliers; Enable Seamless Internal Application Integration

Los Angeles and Frankfurt, Germany  May 20, 2003  SeeBeyond, the leading global provider of enterprise integration and composite application assembly solutions, today announced that Wieland-Werke AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of semi-finished copper products, has selected the SeeBeyond platform to enable the electronic processing of business transactions with its worldwide customer and supplier base, as well as for the integration of its internal enterprise applications.

Pursuing its overall objective to enhance business processes with customers and suppliers using electronic means, the Wieland Group chose the integration platform from SeeBeyond, which will initially address the integrated, electronic exchange of orders, invoices and delivery documents. In addition to business process integration, the Wieland Group is also planning to establish an enterprise application integration (EAI) infrastructure based on the SeeBeyond solution in order to integrate its internal applications.

"The SeeBeyond platform serves as the foundation of our IT infrastructure, allowing us to offer customers and suppliers enhanced services, while underscoring the Wieland Group's focus on quality," said Juergen Bischoff, project manager at Wieland-Werke AG, responsible for the technology vendor selection. "In addition, the SeeBeyond solution will enable the seamless integration of our internal applications, providing added flexibility for future growth  something that we could not have begun to envisage yesterday."

According to Bischoff, the Wieland Group required an integration solution that provided a high degree of flexibility, a distributed environment, an extensive number of integration adapters, and a simple graphic interface. The solution from SeeBeyond met these requirements, and was also selected based on its potential return on investment versus its competitors.

The foundation of the integration infrastructure for Wieland Group is SeeBeyond product, eGate Integrator, with additional deployments of eInsight Business Process Manager and eXchange Partner Manager for process modeling and monitoring of external connectivity, respectively. Implementation of the solution commenced in March 2003.

"We are pleased to have leading companies such as Wieland Group standardize on SeeBeyond," said David Bennett, vice president and general manager for EMEA for SeeBeyond. "SeeBeyond's unique vision has become a reality with the recent release of the SeeBeyond ICAN Suite, and we look forward to building upon our global customer base  further driving the evolution of integration from business process management to composite application assembly across the supply chain."

About The Wieland Group

Headquartered in Ulm, Germany, the Wieland Group offers a wide range of semi-finished products made of copper and copper alloys including strip, sheet, tube, rod, wires, sections and speciality products. With four business divisions  Rolled Products, Extruded/Drawn Products, Tubes, Slide Bearings  the Wieland Group supplies customers worldwide across the automotive, electric and electronic industries, as well as in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sectors. Wieland products are the basis for end products as diverse as bearings for automobile camshafts, tubes for the construction sector and industry, shielding plates in mobile telephones, and connectors in the electronics industry.

About SeeBeyond

Drawing on 14 years of software innovation and real-world experience in integrating systems across Global 2000 organizations, SeeBeyond delivers the industry's most comprehensive, standards-compliant network for the rapid assembly and deployment of enterprise-scale end-user applications built on existing systems and infrastructure. Going beyond integration, the SeeBeyond ICAN Suite helps organizations dramatically improve business operations resulting in reduced costs, increased market share and improved customer service. SeeBeyond has more than 1,800 customers worldwide, including ABB, ABN Amro, Bausch & Lomb, BHP Billiton, The Cleveland Clinic, The Dial Corporation, DuPont, Florida Power & Light, Fluor Daniel, Fujitsu, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, Samsung, Sprint, Sutter Health and United Healthcare. For more information, please visit www.seebeyond.com.

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