KarstadtQuelle Selects Software to Unite Global, Direct Sourcing Operations

Europe's leading department store and mail order group to implement "One Way to Buy"

Europe's leading department store and mail order group to implement "One Way to Buy"

Gloucester, MA — February 10, 2006 — The sourcing arm of European retail giant KarstadtQuelle this week announced it has selected TradeStone Software to provide a part of the technology backbone for its global sourcing operation.

The TradeStone Unified Buying Engine is expected to serve as the platform for KarstadtQuelle's sourcing operation, and will be augmented by the addition of TradeStone's modular applications for Product, Sourcing, Logistics, Finance, Unified Order Management and Product Lifecycle Management.

Initially KarstadtQuelle International Services AG will use TradeStone's Finance Module to streamline its financial operations. This is important because KarstadtQuelle International Services AG offers its sourcing services to other independent retailers and must comply with those retailers' unique billing and documentation requirements, as well as internal invoicing and vendor payment for goods bought on its own behalf.

For example, the Finance Module will enumerate all the line items of an original order and, in turn, trigger the generation of other documents such the packing list, advance ship notice (ASN), the bill of lading, the commercial invoice and the service invoice. KarstadtQuelle said these documents — and the detailed information regarding carriers, shippers, country of origin, export country, import country and final destination — are essential for meeting global trading security standards and clearing customs without delay.

"Sourcing globally is complex for any company, regardless of whether that company is located in the Americas, Europe, Asia or Africa," said Sue Welch, CEO of TradeStone Software. "A retail giant like KarstadtQuelle not only needs to carefully manage the international sourcing process, but also meet the financial demands of special regulations which require meticulous accounting and tracking. Only by integrating all the pieces can this be possible."

The implementation of TradeStone's Unified Buying Engine and Finance Module is KarstadtQuelle's first step toward migrating its entire sourcing operation to the TradeStone Suite, an order management application that marries product planning and refinement, sourcing, and lifecycle management with logistics and finance.

"We want to offer our customers the best merchandise from around the world, with consistent quality and good prices," stated Carsten Wolff, managing director of KarstadtQuelle International Services AG. "Investing in the TradeStone Suite is part of our continued drive to improve our sourcing capabilities and services."

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