SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

May 22, 2006 11:00 ET

Sage Software, M-S Cash Drawer Corporation Offer Cost-Effective Hardware/Software Point-of-Sale Solution for Small and Mid-Sized Retailers

Sage Accpac ePOS Point-of-Sale Software Combined With a Wide Range of POS Peripherals From M-S Cash Drawer Offers Convenient, All-in-One Solution

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- Retail Systems 2006 Conference & Exposition, Booth #1827 -- Sage Software and M-S Cash Drawer LLC announced today at the Retail Systems 2006 Conference and Exposition being held here an agreement to co-market the award-winning Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 point-of-sale (POS) application with M-S Cash Drawer POS hardware peripherals, offering small and mid-sized retailers a powerful, cost-effective POS solution that can be deployed on a retailer's existing PCs, eliminating the need for and additional expense of obtaining and deploying POS-specific terminal hardware.

Sage Accpac ePOS is an award-winning POS application for small and mid-sized retailers. Taking advantage of fast online credit and debit card processing speeds using either dial-up or broadband Internet connections, Sage Accpac ePOS helps clients reduce the wait time of their retail customers -- a critical factor in creating customer loyalty.

"We are always seeking the most cost-effective, high performance solutions to provide to our clients," said Craig Downing, Sage Software vice president and general manager for Sage Accpac. "This new hardware and software combination makes sense for small and mid-sized retailers that are looking for a solid point-of-sale system that doesn't require adding completely new hardware infrastructure -- something especially important for growing retailers with multiple locations who have an eye on maintaining their bottom line."

"M-S Cash Drawer looks forward to our partnership with Sage Software to offer this cost-effective POS solution to small and mid-sized retailers," said Sam Gopinathan, M-S Cash Drawer vice president. "Sage Accpac ePOS combined with M-S Cash Drawer peripherals will provide these retailers with a powerful, turnkey POS solution that's easy to deploy and maintain -- filling a current need in the marketplace."

By implementing this special Sage Software/M-S Cash Drawer POS combination, retailers can utilize their existing IT investments, rather than having to buy and implement a completely new POS hardware system. M-S Cash Drawer offers industry-standard POS hardware peripherals at an affordable, bundled price. Integrated with Sage Accpac ePOS, clients can deploy this solution quickly and easily, with minimal disruption to their business and a short learning curve. Software and hardware support is provided by Sage Software and M-S Cash Drawer, respectively, and the solution is highly suitable for multi-store, multi-till environments.

"POS hardware is typically a big expense for many of our small and mid-sized retail clients," said Richard White, president of CATS International, a Sage Accpac business partner located in Copper Cliff, Ontario, Canada. "Having the option of a certified, industry-standard POS hardware system from M-S Cash Drawer, combined with Sage Accpac ePOS, not only provides a low-cost alternative for our customers, it also ensures a solid return on their existing IT investments by utilizing their existing PCs. We will definitely recommend this combination to all our Sage Accpac ePOS clients."

Sage Accpac ePOS -- a POS performer

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 and M-S Cash Drawer POS peripherals are available now from authorized Sage Accpac ePOS business partners. A typical M-S Cash Drawer POS hardware bundle includes a cash drawer, receipt printer, bar code scanner, keyboard with magnetic stripe reader (MSR) and a customer display -- all for an SRP of $661 (USD), $827 (CAD). Sage Accpac ePOS is available 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 M-S Cash Drawer

M-S Cash Drawer, the first cash drawer manufacturer to introduce steel cash drawers into the POS market, helps its resellers identify the best POS product for their customers, which includes some very prestigious clients such as McDonald's, Safeway, Federal Express, and Pizza Hut. In addition to manufacturing cash drawers since 1945, M-S Cash Drawer has also been distributing POS hardware such as receipt printers, POS terminals, barcode scanners, pole displays, touch screens, debit/pin pads, signature capture pads, UPSs, line conditioners, portable data terminals, and barcode label printers for nearly 30 years. M-S Cash Drawer has four distribution centers, strategically located in California, Texas, and Florida in the U.S., and in Ontario, Canada. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.mscashdrawer.com, or call (800) 544-1749.

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.

Note: Each of Sage Software and M-S Cash Drawer has provided information that is contained in this release. Sage Software is responsible only for the information in this release about Sage Software and its products and services, and for the statements of its officers. M-S Cash Drawer is responsible only for the information in this release about M-S Cash Drawer and its products and services, and for the statements of its officers.

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