SOURCE: Aptus Corp.

April 05, 2005 06:00 ET

Appgen Partner Magstar Ranks in Top 20 in Retail Software Survey

Platinum Reseller Selected for Fifth Consecutive Year

TACOMA, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 5, 2005 -- Aptus Corp., owners of Appgen Software Solutions, is pleased to announce that its Platinum reseller partner Magstar, Inc. has ranked 18th overall in the Retail Info Systems (RIS) News Leaderboard, an annual comparison of retail software vendors. Magstar's rank is among the top 50 of vendors. They also scored in the top 10 of over half of the categories measured. The Leaderboard results further reveals that of the 100 companies that were reviewed, half of them did not make the cut.

Magstar rated in the top 10 in performance categories including overall performance, ease of administration and maintenance, and ease of installation. They also earned a top 10 placement in the strategic value category, with a third place rating for total cost of ownership. This represents the fifth year for Magstar on the Leaderboard.

Magstar, Inc., an Appgen Platinum developer and reseller, offers fully integrated, retail management software that allows retailers to centrally manage multiple locations with multiple channels of distribution, such as stores, warehouse/distribution, and call centers.

"Magstar is a clear example of what our developer partners can achieve with our software," said Joanie Mann, Executive Vice President of Aptus Corp. "The strengths of our applications, database, and development system are reflected in the powerful and innovative solutions and services that Magstar offers their customers."

"Appgen offers us the programming tools, the database performance and scalability, and cross-platform compatibility we must have in order to address the extensive requirements of our customers," said Ron Ross, President of Magstar. "Dealing with retailers with hundreds of stores and tens of thousands of item numbers requires that you have a very solid high-performance database with extensive search capabilities. Moreover, the ability to tailor the system to each customer's unique requirements is key in delivering a comprehensive solution to address merchandising, inventory and stock management, and complete back-office accounting."

Errol Allahverdi, Development Manager for Appgen, added, "Magstar certainly has the experience and the expertise to address the needs of their retail customers. The use of Appgen as a foundation for Magstar's software is what makes possible the performance, ease of administration, and low overall total cost of ownership."

About Magstar

Founded in 1985, Magstar is a leading provider of fully integrated, enterprise-wide retail application software and professional services to a variety of small to mid-sized specialty operations in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

Their TOTAL RETAIL® integrates business processes across all operational departments and divisions, such as finance, buyers, stores, and operations including complete financial management, merchandising with just-in time replenishment, in-store systems, customer relationship management, wholesale, distribution, and mail order. As one application updates its information, related areas and functions are dynamically refreshed to provide consistent and up-to-date centralized information on demand.

Professional services include business consulting, work process analysis, custom software development, providing system hardware, installation, training, and 24x7 support with remote facilities management. For more information about Magstar, call 416-447-1442.

About Aptus

Aptus Corp. includes Appgen Software Solutions, a premier provider of innovative 4GL development and application software and systems, and QwikQuote Software, the leading PC-based sales quoting software. For more information about Aptus, call 253-650-9905.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Errol Allahverdi
    Development Manager
    Phone: (253) 284-2000, ext. 2064