SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

May 23, 2006 11:00 ET

Sage Software Ensures Canadian Fashion Leader Ardène Never Goes Out of Style by Ringing Up More Sales With Sage Accpac ePOS

One of Canada's Largest Clothing and Fashion Accessories Retailers Utilizes Award-Winning Point-of-Sale Solution for Its Scalability and Customizability

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Retail Systems 2006 Conference & Exposition, Booth #1827 -- Sage Software announced today at the Retail Systems 2006 Conference and Exposition being held here that apparel retailer Ardène has successfully deployed the Sage Accpac ePOS point-of-sale solution across its more than 300 registers located in its stores throughout major shopping malls coast to coast. Sage Accpac ePOS is an award-winning point-of-sale (POS) solution for small and midsized retailers that offers a broad set of retail functions, including customer retention features such as loyalty points programs and gift card/certificate tracking, along with sales promotion and multi-lingual translation functionality. Ardène's Sage Accpac ePOS deployment, combined with Sage Accpac ERP, gives them a fully integrated business management system.

Founded in 1982, and with headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Ardène is a national fashion accessories and clothing retailer that has been growing for the past 25 years. Ardène is known for its promotions and great prices, and they continually strive to be recognized as the leader in fashion accessories and the "one stop fashion shop" for young women.

Ardène's existing POS system was not providing them with the performance this growing retailer needed, or empowering them with the level of managerial reporting required to fuel their executive staff with insights in this highly competitive market. In addition, they needed a scalable and integrated solution in order to keep pace with their growth. After considering several other POS systems, with the help of Allagma Technologies, a Sage Software business partner located in Laval, Quebec, Ardène chose Sage Accpac ePOS and Sage Accpac ERP to solve these issues.

"Sage Accpac ePOS has dramatically improved the way we run our business," said Arden Derveshian, President for Ardène. "With over 300 registers connected to our main office, information flows in and out smoothly, and our visibility of the business has increased dramatically. With our new integrated, high-performance system, crucial business decisions are now based on readily available data. Our retail cashiers are more efficient in processing transactions, and our overall system is fast, accurate, and dependable. We are absolutely thrilled by its benefits and performance, and believe we definitely made a wise decision choosing Sage Accpac ePOS and Sage Accpac ERP."

Using Sage Accpac ePOS, Ardène now enjoys benefits such as up-to-date processing of daily reports, which they depend on for day-to-day operations; an open architecture that allows for easy modifications and customizations according to their business needs, and; a user-friendly HTML interface that provides simplified screen views, for faster data entry. This feature alone has saved Ardène valuable time and training costs for its more than 1,500 store clerks.

"Sage Software provided us with unparalleled support during our deployment of this solution for Ardène," said Vartkes Melkonian, president of Allagma Technologies. "Teaming up with Sage Accpac and their Professional Services Group (PSG) truly helped make the deployment a success. No other company offered us the firm commitment to tailor their product according to the specific needs of our client -- a key factor in closing the deal and satisfying Ardène's requirements. This exemplifies how Sage Software works toward our mutual success, and that of our clients."

Sage Accpac ePOS -- a POS Performer

Sage Accpac ePOS is an award-winning, leading POS application for small and mid-sized retailers. Sage Accpac ePOS helps clients reduce the wait time of their retail customers -- a critical factor in creating customer loyalty.

With features such as loyalty points programs and gift card/certificate tracking, along with sales promotion and multi-lingual translation functionality, Sage Accpac ePOS can be run on a local area network or over the Internet to connect point of sale terminals to back office accounting and inventory databases in real time. This flexibility is especially beneficial for geographically separate, multi-store retail operations, offering sophisticated retail POS functions that previously were out of reach to many small and mid-sized retailers. Real time integration with Sage Accpac ERP back office accounting translates into single point transaction management, and the ability of Sage Accpac ePOS to easily switch between online and offline modes ensures uninterrupted transaction processing.

Pricing and Availability

Sage Accpac ePOS is available from authorized Sage Accpac ePOS business partners for an SRP of $2,000 (USD), $3,000 (CAD) for the server component, which includes one POS register license, and $1,000 (USD), $1,500 (CAD) for the POS register component. To locate a Sage Accpac ePOS business partner, call 1-800-945-8007, or visit www.sageaccpac.com.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.6 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of accounting practices and the construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small to mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.0 million customers and employs over 10,500 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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