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To: Exacctnt who wrote ()1/15/1998 9:58:00 AM
From: leigh aulper   of 236
GERS Retail Systems Introduces New Solutions Software At NRF

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 15, 1998--GERS Retail Systems announces the addition of Comshare's Arthur Planning system and MARS Demand Forecasting to its suite of enterprisewide relational database applications.

GERS is the first enterprisewide system supplier licensed to resell Comshare's Arthur product as part of its integrated product suite. Arthur Planning enables retailers to create dynamic merchandise plans with sophisticated top-down, bottom-up and middle-out planning features, and is used by many of the nation's top retailers. Capitalizing on its experience implementing more than 400 enterprisewide retail systems, GERS has worked with Comshare to develop a rapid application deployment (RAD) methodology unique to its customer base to speed the implementation of the Arthur product. The GERS Arthur RAD application will facilitate a standardized implementation of industry best planning practices within the GERS retail enterprise solution.

GERS is also introducing into its enterprise solution its next generation of inventory replenishment software -- MARS Demand Forecasting. This powerful desktop application suite promises important productivity gains for merchants by automating many of the steps in the replenishment process while reducing inventory and improving on-hand availability.

"MARS Demand Forecasting merges a powerful statistical engine for projecting sales with vendor lead times, order frequency and inventory levels for pinpoint accurate order generation," said GERS vice president Dennis Conforto. "Within the first year of implementation, retailers should expect to see as much as a 25 percent reduction in inventory by using this product, as well as a significant improvement in sales."
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