SOURCE: Comergent Technologies, Inc.

June 20, 2005 08:00 ET

InterContinental Hotels Group UK Goes Live With Comergent

The World's Most Global Hotel Company Chooses Comergent to Drive Strategic E-Procurement System for Its UK Operations

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 20, 2005 -- Comergent Technologies®, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise e-commerce solutions has announced that InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG), the world's most global hotel company, has successfully implemented the Comergent E-Business System™ as the key enabler for its Fruition e-Procurement System for the UK. This system enables IHG to efficiently and cost-effectively manage the purchasing and distribution of all the food, beverages, furnishings, hotel, and office supplies required to run operations at its hotels throughout the United Kingdom via one convenient Web site.

Through its Comergent-powered system, InterContinental Hotels Group in the UK is streamlining its purchasing and distribution processes to improve business efficiencies, and aggregating its buying power to receive large volume discounts that reduce operating costs. In addition, the company now has immediate, accurate visibility into each hotel's order information and history, enabling it to more effectively pre-negotiate master contract prices to further reduce costs, and more accurately time product purchases to accelerate order placement.

"We chose to partner with Comergent for two reasons," said Annie Brown, VP Commercial, InterContinental Hotels Group, UK & Ireland Division. "Comergent provided us with a flexible, out-of-the-box solution that clearly met our immediate and future requirements by being easy-to-use and robust enough to handle our evolving e-commerce needs. Comergent also demonstrated a deep knowledge of the hospitality industry and a proven record for partnering with its customers to ensure their success. We are pleased with Comergent's rapid deployment, having completed our project in just over 100 days."

"Companies that have both wholly owned, managed and franchised operations such as IHG are discovering that e-procurement can be a unifying solution that delivers unparalleled visibility into all of its members' purchasing habits and practices," said Jean Kovacs, president and CEO for Comergent. "The information gleaned from that visibility can then be parlayed into improved best practices. We are proud to be the driving force behind IHG's UK Fruition System, and to provide the technology and support that enables measurable cost reduction, increased efficiencies, and greater customer satisfaction."

About InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 3,500 hotels and 535,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo™, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, with over 24 million members worldwide. In addition to this, InterContinental Hotels Group has a 47.5% interest in Britvic, one of the two leading manufacturers of soft drinks, by value and volume, in Great Britain.

InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ichotelsgroup.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at www.priorityclub.com.

For the latest news from InterContinental Hotels Group, visit our online press office at www.ihgplc.com/media.


About Comergent

Comergent is a leading provider of enterprise e-commerce software solutions. The Comergent E-Business System automates and optimizes a corporation's selling and ordering processes, thereby increasing its revenue and profit, enhancing customer loyalty, and improving visibility into sales processes and channels. With patents pending, Comergent pioneered the concept of a single e-commerce system to address all products, customers, channels, and selling processes. The first company to bring to market truly collaborative e-commerce, Comergent was an early proponent of the service-oriented architecture. The Comergent E-Business System deploys rapidly with minimal customization and provides excellent returns on investment. Customers include industry leaders like Cisco Systems, DuPont, Gates Corporation, GE Access Distribution, InterContinental Hotels Group, J. C. Penney Company, NEC Solutions America, Nissan Motor Co., Pitney Bowes, Stanley Works, and The Toro Company. Comergent is privately held with headquarters in Redwood City, Calif. For more information, visit www.comergent.com.

Comergent and the Comergent logo are registered trademarks of Comergent Technologies, Inc. Comergent E-Business System is a trademark of Comergent Technologies, Inc. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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