1/14/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Kliger-Weiss Infosystems (KWI) have teamed to provide specialty retailers with unmatched scalability, flexibility and reliability via KWI's Web-based Retail Management System outsourcing service. Running on Sun[tm] systems powered by the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment and Java[tm] technology, KWI provides an open, centralized retail management system designed to help industry-leading customers, including Benetton, Kenneth Cole, Quiksilver, Swatch, Aerosoles, Etienne Aigner and more than 100 other retailers lower IT costs while improving control over their mission-critical information.

KWI is the first to introduce a complete, Web-based, back-office system using Java technology. KWI has long based its management information systems on the Solaris platform and now has evolved its systems to include Java technology, providing customers with a simple-to-use interface and centralized access to their information, no matter where they are or what platform they are using.

"Specialty retailers entrust us with handling their business-critical information systems so we're highly focused on providing them with the latest and greatest technology to meet the increasing demands of the retail sector," said Sam Kliger, president and CEO of KWI. "We've based our back-office systems on the Sun platform for years because of its unparalleled reliability. Now we're tapping into the power of Java technology to give our customers centralized control over all of their information - including changes in inventory and purchase orders as well as management of critical POS data. Sun systems have helped us grow KWI to a leader in retail outsourcing supporting over 100 retail chains with thousands of stores."

"With 71 stores producing untold amounts of critical information each day, we rely on KWI to ensure that our information is always available, secure and easy to access. With this new Web-based solution using Java technology, we've helped to arm our sales managers and store clerks nationwide with the information they need to service customers better and ultimately increase revenues," said Jerry Miller, Retail Director of Benetton.

KWI's Web-based management systems run on the Sun platform, including Sun Fire[tm] servers running the Solaris 9 Operating Environment, providing the necessary reliability and scalability for high-volume, transaction-oriented retail environments. Java technology adds a new dimension to KWI's retail management system outsourcing service, allowing KWI to more easily manage its customers' information systems, while enabling the specialty retailers to keep IT costs at a minimum and maintain a laser-like focus on their core business.

"We realize our retail customers are intensely focused on reducing costs, while increasing customer loyalty. Working with KWI, we're able to help retailers meet both needs and be able to scale to handle seasonal demands," said Bob DeLaney, director of worldwide industry solutions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With our reliable environment for critical back-end operations, in addition to Java technology for providing access to information any time and any where from any system, retailers can rest assured they have the tools to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment."

Sun in Retail
Sun's global retail clients are in all retail segments, including soft and hard goods specialty businesses, discount and mass merchandisers, department stores, food service, grocery businesses, convenience store businesses, chain drug stores, electronic retailing merchants, catalog and home shopping. Fast-growing retailers are building their technology foundations on Sun Enterprise[tm] servers, Sun storage and Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) to deliver Java[tm] Web Services. Sun services turns technology into value for its customers via choice and open, standards-based, secure integration across the retail enterprise. Sun also offers the scalability to help ensure retailers can meet the extreme load demands they experience in seasonal peaks throughout the year. Additionally, with its iForce[sm] Initiatives, best-in-class partner relationships with proof-of-concept solutions, its open systems and software infrastructure, Sun can help support the retail enterprise, from the stores, to headquarters, to distribution centers. Sun makes the net work for retail.

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