November 09, 2010 11:29 ET

Leading French Books Distributor SOCADIS Selects TECSYS' WMS

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - TECSYS Inc. (TSX:TCS), an industry-leading supply chain management software company, announced today that SOCADIS, the leader of French books distribution in the Canadian market, has selected TECSYS' warehouse management software (WMS) to automate and reduce the cost of its warehouse operations, increase its distribution capacity and improve order turn around to its customers.

"Strategically, TECSYS is the supply chain management software company here in Quebec," stated Nicole Haguelon, General Manager of SOCADIS. "We wanted to have a dependable partner with advanced technology, but as importantly, a supplier with solid distribution expertise and customer service in good proximity to us."

Founded in 1970 by two major French publishing companies - Flammarion & Gallimard, SOCADIS specializes in French books distribution. The Company has experienced healthy growth over the past several years, enabled through its solid relationship with its customers and driven by a team of logistics experts that is managing a major distribution centre with over 100,000 book titles. In 2009, SOCADIS distributed in excess of nine million books to its book store and retail chain customers across Canada.

Since 1985, Socadis has been able to offer its services to other publishing companies, and in 1989 the Company established a mass-market division that distributes and sells books to customers in major retail chains such as Costco, Wal-Mart, Zellers, Staples, Maxi, Loblaws, Toys'R'Us, Jean-Coutu, and several more. Socadis is able to supply thousands of books per day such as Stephenie Meyers' best sellers to meet the high demands of consumers. 

"TECSYS' supply chain execution capabilities were recently reaffirmed by Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, when it positioned TECSYS in the "Visionaries" quadrant of the 2010 Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Magic Quadrant Report. This strong position backed by the deep expertise of our consultants and R&D staff is the foundation of our solutions delivered to some of the world's most renowned organizations such as McKesson, Cardinal Health, Canon, Adidas, Mitsubishi and others. Customers in our region, such as SOCADIS, are benefiting further from our technology and expertise; tapping a local supplier, minutes from their warehouse operation, that caters to their specific needs with no barriers. I would like to welcome SOCADIS to our family of clients and thank its management for selecting TECSYS," stated Peter Brereton, President & CEO of TECSYS Inc.

By automating its warehouse operations and improving efficiency with TECSYS' software, SOCADIS will reduce logistics steps in its distribution center. It will also minimize errors and ensure order accuracy while achieving a high level of customer satisfaction.

"With TECSYS we will have unequivocal visibility in our distribution processes and will be able to increase our distribution capacity by over 25%," commented Daniel Girouard, Logistics Director at SOCADIS.

About Socadis

Founded in 1970 by Flammarion & Gallimard publishing companies of France, SOCADIS is the leading French books distributor for the Canadian market. The company distributes to retail book stores as well as mass-market major retailers such as Costco, Wal-Mart, Zellers, Staples, Maxi, Loblaws, Toys'R'Us, Jean-Coutu, and several more. Today, Socadis is the leader in the French book distribution in the Canadian market not only by revenue but also for the volume of book titles distributed every year. In 2009 SOCADIS managed the distribution of over nine million books to its book store and retail outlet customers across Canada.


TECSYS is a leading supply chain management software provider that delivers powerful enterprise distribution, warehouse and transportation logistics software solutions. The company's customers include more than 500 mid-size and Fortune 1000 corporations in healthcare, heavy equipment, third-party logistics, and general wholesale high-volume distribution industries. TECSYS' shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TCS.

The statements in this news release relating to matters that are not historical fact are forward looking statements that are based on management's beliefs and assumptions. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties, including but not limited to future economic conditions, the markets that TECSYS Inc. serves, the actions of competitors, major new technological trends, and other factors beyond the control of TECSYS Inc., which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. More information about the risks and uncertainties associated with TECSYS Inc.'s business can be found in the MD&A section of the Company's annual report and annual information form for the fiscal year ended April 30th, 2010. These documents have been filed with the Canadian securities commissions and are available on our website (www.tecsys.com) and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

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