Patagonia Europe goes green with CenterStone's iVendix
Online B2B sales order management avoids paper and ink; web-based platform provides immediate environmental benefits
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Denver, Colo. USA, and Annecy and Paris, France â€“ CenterStone Technologies, an international provider of Web-based ordering solutions for manufacturers of apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories, today announced that Patagonia has selected the company’s iVendix application for their European dealers.
“Customer service has always been the number one priority for Patagonia. Internet-based services have become such an important tool that we couldn’t stay away from a modern ordering system for our dealers much longer. Therefore, Patagonia Europe looked for a reliable, multilingual, multi-currency and simple to implement B2B platform. With years of experience in our industry, iVendix was a natural answer. With iVendix our dealers will be able to manage their orders 24/7 and access our inventory in real time. This should allow Patagonia Europe to increase its in-season sales, and customer service staff to do more pro-active service and selling. From an environmental point of view, we are also hoping that the B2B platform will limit the exchange of paper documents with our dealers,” said HervÃ© Chabert, general manager for Patagonia Europe.
â€œWe’re glad that Patagonia selected iVendix. When the service will go live in January 2008, European Patagonia dealers will be able to serve their customers more efficiently at the point of sale, increasing inventory turns and thus revenues. Patagonia’s customer service will increase the efficiency of time spent with each client what will translate into greater speed to market and more attractiveness for the Patagonia brand,” said Christophe de Lussac, general manager for CenterStone Europe.
Patagonia is noted internationally for its commitment to product innovation, quality and environmental activism. Its Environmental Grants Program has contributed over $29M in cash and in-kind donations to grassroots environmental activists since the program began in 1985, and its Environmental Internship Program allows employees to work for environmental groups while receiving their full paycheck. Incorporating environmental responsibility in to product development, the company supports the ambitious mission statement: “To make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” Since 1996, Patagonia has used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line, and is noted worldwide for using recycled soda bottles in many of its polyester fleece garments beginning in 1993. Sales for 2006 were $267 million.
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 and sales reps on those continents. As a result, CenterStone’s international e-commerce solutions are on track to process more than one billion dollars in wholesale transactions in 2007. 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 — retail dealers.
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, Vans, Reef 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, brands of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH); 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; KHS Bicycles; Dale of Norway; O’Neill Clothing; Hot Chillys; Petzl; Sole Technology; Icebreaker; Four Star Distribution; Buck Knives; Fresh Produce Sportswear, Yakima and others.
CenterStone Technologies, Inc., is 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 www.centerstone-europe.com.
For more information on this announcement, please contact:
23 rue du PrÃ© Faucon
PAE les Glaisins
Annecy Le Vieux – France
Phone: 04 50 88 44 44
CenterStone Technologies Paris
Christophe de Lussac
Phone: + 33 1 55 28 91 17
CenterStone Technologies Denver
Patricia B. Smith
OnTarget Public Relations
Office: 303.333.1516/Mobile 303.807.7086
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