The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

April 27, 2009 17:48 ET

Forzani To Launch New E-Commerce Store in Partnership With GSI

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - The Forzani Group Limited (TSX:FGL) today announced it will be enhancing its multi-channel strategy by entering into a partnership with GSI Commerce Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIC) to provide e-commerce solutions for their sporting goods retail banners.

"Research shows that e-commerce continues to grow at unprecedented rates and the Canadian market is underdeveloped. Both of these factors will provide FGL with opportunities for rapid growth, and made e-commerce the logical next step in our multi-channel strategy," said Forzani CEO, Robert Sartor.

Under the seven-year agreement, GSI will provide Forzani with e-commerce technology, order management, fulfillment, and customer care services. Forzani has also chosen gsi interactive(sm), the digital agency of GSI, to provide design services for their new e-commerce site.

"We conducted a comprehensive analysis of solutions and determined we wanted to partner with a best-of-breed platform provider," said John Hould, senior vice president of Forzani. "GSI was the top choice given their technology, comprehensive services, e-commerce expertise and their commitment to serving Canadian retailers and our customers."

"Forzani has built a great and trusted reputation among its customers. We look forward to extending this reputation and trust online through the company's Web stores," said Damon Mintzer, executive vice president of sales for GSI.

Sport Chek will be the first of the company's Web stores to launch on the GSI platform.

About The Forzani Group Limited

The Forzani Group Ltd. is Canada's largest national retailer of sporting goods, offering a comprehensive assortment of brand-name and private-brand products, operating stores from coast to coast, under the following corporate and franchise banners: Sport Chek, Coast Mountain Sports, Sport Mart, National Sports, Athletes World, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, Intersport, Econosports, Atmosphere, Tech Shop, Pegasus, Nevada Bob's Golf, The Fitness Source and S3. The Company also has websites for several of its corporate and franchise banners which can be accessed through its main website at

About GSI Commerce

GSI Commerce® ( is a leading provider of services that enable e-commerce, multichannel retailing and interactive marketing for large, business-to-consumer (b2c) enterprises in the U.S. and internationally. We deliver customized e-commerce solutions through an e-commerce platform, which is comprised of technology, fulfillment and customer care. We offer each of the platform's components on a modular basis, or as part of an integrated, end-to-end solution. We also offer a full suite of interactive marketing services through two divisions, gsi interactive(sm) and e-Dialog (

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The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of The Forzani Group Ltd. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. The Company, in compliance with the reporting requirements of the various securities commissions, details these risks and uncertainties from time to time.

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