Bluffdale, Utah and Denver, Colo. â€“ CenterStone Technologies, Inc., an international developer of Web-based sales order management software for manufacturers of apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories, today announced that Ogio, of Bluffdale, Utah, has selected the company’s iVendix software application. iVendix will provide Ogio with a business-to-business (B2B) online ordering solution for more than 2,000 of their retail dealers and sales reps in North America. When Ogio goes â€œliveâ€ later this year, dealers and sales reps will be able to view automated catalogs, check on the availability of product, place orders, and track and monitor the status of those orders using iVendix since it is accessible 24/7 via the Web.
“We’re proud of our ability to design and build great products,” says OGIO CFO/VP of Operations Gary Bowen. “Now, we want to take our service to the next level by making it easier for buyers to purchase OGIO products 24/7. CenterStone’s business-to-business order management system is readily adaptable to all of our specialty retailers, whether in golf, outdoor, or action sports. We look forward to building the OGIO brand through CenterStone’s exceptional services.”
Tom Detmer, chief executive officer of CenterStone Technologies, commented, â€œOgio understands the value of the specialty retail distribution channel to the building of a world-class consumer brand. It is the specialty retailers â€“ rather than the big-box stores â€“ that truly support, promote and protect a company’s brand identity. Look at all the successful brands in the apparel, footwear and hard goods markets, and all the great ones started out in specialty retail. Ogio understands the importance of this distribution channel, and wants to maintain this as a distinct, strong and vibrant channel for its products. And so we are very excited that Ogio selected CenterStone to help them accomplish this by providing their dealers with our B2B e-commerce solution. We interact with hundreds of specialty retailers every day, and we’ve heard from them that they want to conduct business with Ogio at their convenience on a 24/7 basis using the CenterStone solution. Our iVendix solution delivers a large and extensive user community that is continuing to grow at a very rapid pace. And it is the adoption rate by this user community that will drive the ROI for Ogio and will help them continue to grow their brand in the specialty retail channel,â€ Detmer said.
Brands that currently use CenterStone’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model and make the company’s other solutions available to retail customers and sales reps include: The North Face, JanSport and VF Imagewear, part of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC); Pearl Izumi, a division of Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS); Marmot Mountain, Ex Officio, Marker Apparel, Adio Footwear and Planet Earth, part of K2 Corporation (NYSE: KTO); Under Armour (NYSE: UA); Helly Hansen; Perry Ellis Intl. (NASDAQ: PERY); Geneva Watch Group; Cleveland Golf, and Fidra Golf, part of Quiksilver, (NYSE: ZQK); SmartWool, a division of Timberland (NYSE: TBL); RipCurl; Billabong; Sport Obermeyer; Smith Optics; Garmont, Bridgedale and Icebug; KHS Bicycles; Dale of Norway; O’Neill Clothing; Hot Chillys; Petzl and others.
OGIO International, Inc. is an award-winning global leader in gear bag design, recognized for its athlete-inspired technology. The privately held Utah company, founded in 1987, distributes products nationally and internationally under the OGIO brand name, and operates an original equipment manufacturer division to produce gear bags for other internationally known brands. In 2004, OGIO’s design team received the coveted Business Week IDEA Award for design excellence. The brand’s collection includes an extensive line of athlete-designed golf bags; back packs; snow, skate and surf packs; school packs; motocross bags; messenger bags; and other active gear. For more information, visit www.ogio.com or contact Kelly Mooney at This Just In, Inc. at 801-474-3824.
About CenterStone Technologies, Inc.
CenterStone Technologies, Inc. operates a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform and provides Web-based sales order management applications in six languages and local currencies in North America and Europe with widespread adoption by specialty retailers on those continents. As a result, CenterStone’s international ecommerce solutions have processed more than a half billion dollars in wholesale transactions during 2006. iVendix and Escape applications open a new marketplace for vendors by enabling retail dealers and sales reps to view online catalogs and inventory availability, create sales proposals and to place preseason orders, reorders, and retail employee orders more effectively and efficiently with their vendors. CenterStone Technologies makes vendors more competitive by providing increased inventory turns at retail, reduced customer service costs, and greater speed to market, thus improving relationships with their customers â€“ retail dealers. Additional information about CenterStone Technologies, Inc., based in Denver, Colo., with offices in San Diego, Calif., and Paris, France, can be found on the company’s Web site at www.centerstonetech.com or by contacting Pat Smith, OnTarget Public Relations, at 303-333-1516.
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