SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

October 23, 2007 12:45 ET

New Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 StarShip Freight Module Expands and Simplifies Shipping

Automated Freight Module Removes Complexities, Improves Efficiency, for Award-Winning ERP Solution

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - October 23, 2007) - Sage Software announced today the availability of the Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 StarShip Freight module for its award-winning business management solutions. The StarShip Freight module provides an efficient, automated and simplified process for shipping less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload (TL) shipments. Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 users can leverage StarShip Freight to improve customer satisfaction through more accurate and timely product delivery. At the same time, StarShip Freight ultimately increases profitability by streamlining processes and reducing shipping-related expenses.

Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 are highly popular business management applications that automate core accounting, financial reporting, distribution, manufacturing, e-commerce and other industry-specific functions for small and mid-sized businesses. StarShip Freight seamlessly integrates with Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 enabling users to gain immediate efficiencies in shipment processing, accounts receivable and customer service. By integrating customer data and automating routine functions, StarShip Freight swiftly converts sales orders into LTL and TL freight shipments, leveraging itemized customer and shipping details to pre-populate forms and print Bills of Lading. StarShip Freight also reduces shipping-related expenses through web-based communications with freight carriers for scheduling, tracking and rate quotes and by supporting multiple orders in a single shipment.

"With this program there is so much freedom to do business in ways we never thought of before," said Shea Pope, Chief Operating Officer, Logo Chair Inc., a Sage MAS 90 and StarShip Freight user. "I like that we are able to integrate our 3PL (third party logistics) company, import class-related data by item and map our user-defined fields in Sage MAS 90 to feed company-specific information directly into StarShip Freight. This is definitely saving our company a lot of time and money!"

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StarShip Freight supports rate shopping using Freightquote.com carriers, rates that users have negotiated with other carriers or a mixture of both. Users can easily access transit times and freight charges to help make better, more informed decisions when selecting a carrier. Freightquote.com also will schedule and dispatch a carrier for shipping orders and provides tracking information on shipment location and status.

Simple Pick-and-Pack Functionality

StarShip Freight features a Shipping Assistant that provides simple pick-and-pack functionality and improves efficiencies. As shipments are processed, the Shipping Assistant remembers packaging scenarios, and provides saved scenarios as auto-packing options for future shipments. In addition, a sophisticated two-tiered approach to packaging captures the item detail for each box, plus the box details for each pallet.

StarShip Freight brings a host of features that enhance shipping and customer service for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 users:

     Consolidate Multiple Orders on One Shipment -- For maximum cost
savings, StarShip Freight makes it possible to ship against multiple orders
designated for shipment to the same address. Freight charges can be
allocated to the invoices generated for each shipped order.

     Automatically Create Invoices -- StarShip Freight will automatically
create an invoice for each order, including associated freight charges from
LTL and TL carriers, and conveniently includes tracking information.

     Gain Insight on Key Aspects of the Shipment -- Different views enable
users to quickly drill down on the important information, easily previewing
lines of a Bill of Lading (BOL) by item, order or package.

     Automatic Packing Instructions -- StarShip Freight automatically
provides item packing information for maximum efficiencies in the
warehouse. The system remembers which container was used to pack a
previous shipment and automatically instructs packaging of subsequent
shipments of the same item in the same way.

     Update Item Information on the Fly -- StarShip Freight stores
shipping-related information not found in item maintenance (NMFC code,
freight class, packaging, and more) and updates this information as users
ship, eliminating the need to store and maintain this information
elsewhere.

     Print Pallet and Package Labels -- StarShip Freight supports both
laser and thermal label printers and supplies several bar code and non-bar
code formats.

     Intuitive Data Mapping -- Users can use one field in Sage MAS 90 or
MAS 200 to translate into many StarShip fields, thus personalizing shipping
fields and translations.

Pricing and Availability

StarShip Freight is available now through local Sage MAS partners. For pricing and additional information, contact the Sage Software Sales Department at 800-854-3415, your local Sage MAS business partner, or visit www.sagemas.com.

Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 ERP

With more than 26 modules and thousands of industry-specific applications, Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 ERP provide unsurpassed value and functionality for automating your business processes. The solutions handle core accounting, financial reporting, distribution, manufacturing and e-commerce plus provide powerful business intelligence tools. Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 accommodate distribution and light manufacturing needs with full-featured inventory management, shipment processing, bill of materials and work order modules. The applications also provide award-winning CRM, HR and fixed asset functionality through tight integration with Sage CRM solutions, Sage Abra HRMS and Sage FAS Fixed Assets, yet have a lower total cost of ownership than competing mid-market products. Sage MAS 200 offers all the functionality of Sage MAS 90, but incorporates the benefits of a thin client/server platform, including efficient distributed processing, higher performance, enhanced data integrity and reliability, remote access support and scalability. For more information visit www.sagemas.com or call 800-854-3415.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small and mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.4 million customers and employs over 13,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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