Triversity, Inc.

January 10, 2005 08:01 ET

Northern Group Retail Deploys Triversity's Stored Value Application; Specialty Retailer Uses Triversity Solution to Roll out New Gift Card Program at 244 Stores



JANUARY 10, 2005 - 08:01 ET

Northern Group Retail Deploys Triversity's Stored
Value Application; Specialty Retailer Uses Triversity
Solution to Roll out New Gift Card Program at 244

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jan 10, 2005) -

Projects First-Year Savings of 50 Percent Compared to Transaction-Based

Triversity Inc., the fastest growing international provider of
customer-centric retail solutions, today announced that Northern Group
Retail Ltd. has implemented Triversity's stored value application at
more than 244 locations in Canada. Northern Group deployed the stored
value application to launch its new gift card program in fall 2004. Gift
cards were part of a major POS upgrade that also included Triversity's
Transactionware GM point-of-sale software and Allegiance 1-to-1, a
real-time loyalty solution that provides instant loyalty updates at the
point of sale.

Triversity's stored value application tracks virtually any kind of
liability, such as gift cards, merchandise credits, serial-numbered gift
certificates and coupons. It eliminates third-party transaction costs,
since retailers license the software from Triversity and do not pay
third-party transaction fees each time a gift card is activated,
redeemed or reloaded. Triversity's stored value application also
prevents fraud, since preloaded cards cannot be activated if they are

"In conjunction with our recent initiative to replace 'paper' gift
certificates with gift cards, Northern Group sought a cost-effective
application that would provide real-time integration with our existing
POS system," said Bonnee Hildebrandt, director of accounting and
payroll, Northern Group Retail LTD. "We were also very sensitive to the
security aspects of the new application in addressing theft and fraud
exposure. Triversity's stored value solution fit all of our criteria."

Triversity's stored value application puts Northern Group in control of
its gift card program. The stored value application resides in Northern
Group's central IT office and is accessed real-time from the POS for
activation, redemption and other functions using Triversity's Transnet
messaging software, without incurring third-party transaction fees.

"By working with Triversity, Northern Group has eliminated the fees
charged by many third-party stored value providers, and the savings are
substantial," Hildebrandt notes. "With Triversity's stored value
application, Northern Group will realize 50 percent savings just in the
first year. We've also met our goal of real-time integration, while
maintaining sufficient security against theft or fraud."

About Northern Group

Northern Group, a major clothing and accessories retailer headquartered
in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, offers stylish and uncomplicated
women's clothes of exceptional value under the Northern Reflections and
Northern Getaway brands. Northern Group operates more than 244 prime
locations across Canada and has a smaller retail presence in the United
States. Northern Group Retail Ltd. is owned by Northern Acquisition
Holdings Corp., an affiliate of York Management Services, Inc., a
privately-owned investment and management advisory services company
headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. For more information, visit

About Triversity Inc.

Triversity is the fastest growing international provider of
customer-centric retail solutions. Triversity's solutions enable
retailers to transform the customer experience throughout the retail
enterprise while dramatically improving their operating efficiencies.
Retailers around the world have built their businesses around
Triversity's market-leading store solutions and business decision
support solutions, which include client-server, enterprise and mobile
POS; workforce management; loss prevention; analytics and reporting;
sales audit; and centralized transaction services such as stored value,
returns authorization, integrated and certified EFT services, customer
profiling and history, and loyalty and promotion delivery programs.
Triversity extends its offerings through partnerships with the
industry's leading technology vendors, allowing the company to deliver
complete sell-side solutions and services.

Triversity's retail solutions are installed in over 500 retailers in 32
countries, processing billions of transactions a year. Retailers using
Triversity's technology solutions include the U.S. Army and Air Force
Exchange Service (AAFES), Casa Ley, Comercial Mexicana, Comercial Vh,
The Children's Place, Discovery Channel, Dollar General, Hallmark,
Staples - Business Depot, The Shoe Company, The Sports Authority, The
TJX Companies, Wawa and Williams-Sonoma. Triversity's world headquarters
is located in Toronto, with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia. For more
information, please visit


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