Sole Technology Selects CenterStone
iVendix to provide more than 2,000 Sole Technology dealers in North America with online B2B ecommerce tool by the end of 2007
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Lake Forest, Calif. and Denver, Colo. – CenterStone Technologies, Inc., an international developer of Web-based sales order management software for manufacturers of apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories, today announced that Sole Technology of Lake Forest has selected the company’s iVendix software application. iVendix will provide Sole Technology with a business-to-business (B2B) on-line ordering solution for more than 2,000 of their retail dealers and sales reps in North America. When Sole Technology goes â€œliveâ€ on the application 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.
â€œCenterStone is providing us with a proven technology that would have been very time-consuming and costly for us to develop and implement ourselves. I wanted to capitalize on CenterStone’s domain expertise to get a solution into the hands of our reps and distributors that would make it easier for them to do business with us and seamlessly add another dimension to our technology infrastructure,â€ said George Bock, Senior Director of IT for Sole Technology. â€œWe will be able to leverage our existing infrastructure for EDI and our Dynamics AX environments in order to deliver a solution to our reps, distributors and ultimately our dealers at half the time and cost,â€ Bock added.
Tom Detmer, chief executive officer of CenterStone Technologies, commented, â€œSole Technology understands the importance of the specialty retail distribution channel to the building of world-class consumer brands. It is the specialty retailers 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. Sole Technology understands the unique value that this distribution channel provides, and wants to maintain it as a distinct, strong and vibrant channel for its brands. So, we’re thrilled that Sole selected CenterStone to help them with their brand expansion by providing their dealers with our on-line B2B solution. We interact with hundreds of specialty retailers every day, and we’ve heard from them that they want to conduct business with Sole Technology 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 Sole Technology and will help them continue to grow their brands 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, Vans 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 and Bridgedale; KHS Bicycles; Dale of Norway; O’Neill Clothing; Hot Chillys; Petzl and others.
About Sole Technology, Inc.:
Sole Technology, Inc. is the creator of etnies, etnies Girl, Emerica, Ã©S, ThirtyTwo, Altamont and the Sole Technology Institute (STI). Sole Technology is the global supplier of its brands, which are responsible for many of the incredible innovations that have become staples of action sports. As a true industry leader, the company created the STI, world’s first and only biomechanics research organization, to test and develop new technologies to make the highest performing skateboarding footwear. Sole Technology is based in Lake Forest, Calif. with International offices in Amsterdam, Switzerland, New York, China and most recently the United Kingdom.
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 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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