SOURCE: Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software Corporation

April 20, 2011 09:00 ET

Toy Manufacturer Schleich Selects Epicor®

Epicor to Support Worldwide Business Process Integration, a Strictly Regulated Production, and Reliable Global Deliveries

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY and IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 20, 2011) - Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, today announced that German toy manufacturer Schleich has selected Epicor's next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Using Epicor, Schleich will integrate its international business processes, from ordering to production and billing.

Schleich is one of the largest toy manufacturers in Germany and a leading provider of original play concepts internationally. The famous toy figurines from Schleich are sold in over 50 countries and have found their way into children's rooms all around the world. Headquartered with manufacturing facilities in Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Schleich has production plants in Europe and Asia, and another production facility in Tunisia.

"Our business is subject to several challenges, as the production of children's toys worldwide is accompanied by strict quality and safety regulations, which we often interpret narrower than required by law," said Dr. Andreas Weber, head of operations for Schleich. "We also need to provide high delivery reliability on a global scale. The economics of Schleich are therefore a question of precise coordination of production at home and abroad, including procurement, logistics and quality control worldwide with the incoming orders. Our ERP system thus has to work in real time and offer us comprehensive insight into various business processes."

The global reach of Epicor is important for Schleich. Dr. Weber explained, "With Epicor we will be able to link our subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia on a single system and integrate the processes consistently. Thanks to the tenancy of Epicor, each site can be given the necessary functions through simple adjustments, while we at the same time can obtain a good central overview of the entire enterprise."

Schleich plans to replace all existing business applications with Epicor. The main reason for selecting Epicor was the flexibility of the software architecture, but also its ease-of-use. "The Microsoft Office integration simplifies the usage for employees and increases their acceptance -- an important aspect to help accelerate the benefits of the new consolidated solution, and results in greater productivity," said Dr. Weber. "For our future development, it was essential to choose an open ERP solution. The business architecture from Epicor provides the necessary flexibility for an expansion with integrated middleware that simplifies the connection to advanced features. No programming will be required to adapt further to complex, changing processes, minimizing maintenance efforts and reducing the overall operating costs."

"Epicor's manufacturing product suite enables organizations to completely integrate all their processes: customer management, production and inventory control, purchasing and supply management including finance, controlling and quality assurance," said Patrick Nordling, vice president, sales, Epicor Germany. "The process integration goes as far as the bar-code scanners. Such complete and consistent collection and central storage of data is the foundation for fast business decisions that can be made based on current, not historic, information. This means that companies can react immediately to changing market conditions and stay competitive even in challenging environments."

About Schleich
The company, founded 75 years ago by Friedrich Schleich in Schwäbisch Gmünd, is one of the largest toy manufacturers in Germany and a leading provider of original play concepts internationally. The famous toy figurines from Schleich are sold in over 50 countries and have found their way into children's rooms all around the world. As a global player with Swabian roots, today the company is majority owned by the European investment group HgCapital. Other shareholders are the two managing directors Paul Kraut and Erich Schefold. The design of the Schleich play worlds and the creation of the production tools are done in Germany, as are the quality and safety tests. The production itself takes place both at the company's German headquarters in Schwäbisch Gmünd and in other production facilities abroad.

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software (NASDAQ: EPIC) is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), human capital management (HCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. Founded in 1984, Epicor takes pride in more than 25 years of technology innovation delivering business solutions that provide the scalability and flexibility businesses need to build competitive advantage. Epicor provides a comprehensive range of services with a single point of accountability that promotes rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership, whether operating business on a local, regional or global scale. The Company's worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.

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