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Castorama, Europe’s Leading DIY Retailer, Implementing JDA Software to Support International Growth in Europe, North and
Scottsdale, Ariz. - December 10, 2002 - JDA® Software Group, Inc. reported that Castorama Group, Europe’s largest and the world’s third leading do-it-yourself retailer, part of US$8.30 billion Castorama-Dubois Investissements (CDI), is implementing JDA Portfolio®. GETINOR, the IT subsidiary for Castorama and BRICO-DEPôT store brands in Europe, will use JDA’s integrated, best in class retail functionality and modular implementation approach to support its clients’ ambitious international growth strategy. The retailer is currently implementing JDA’s open Portfolio Merchandise Management™ software and several Portfolio Space Management by Intactix™ applications to support centralization of its operations and empower its corporate office with more advanced retail functionality proven to reduce out of stocks and inventory costs while driving service levels, turns, sales and margins.
Prior to its selection, Castorama conducted a benchmark to thoroughly test the JDA Portfolio solution. After awarding the contract to JDA in early 2002, Castorama and JDA spent another 60-90 days finalizing a definitive agreement and implementation plan before making the deal official in third quarter 2002.
“We selected JDA for its clear strategy for the future, international strength, proven success rate and the rich functionality of its integrated product suite. JDA’s best in class product strategy mirrors Castorama’s IT strategy,” commented Philippe Meurillon, chief information officer of Castorama Group. “We were particularly impressed with the best practices in assortment, category, price and supplier relationship management that we’ll be able to execute due to the integration between JDA’s strategic analytic software and Portfolio Merchandising solution.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Castorama on this huge multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-continent implementation of mission critical software,” commented JDA CEO Jim Armstrong. “While the scope of this project is one of the most significant in retail happening today, I have full confidence in our shared commitment to successfully establishing an innovative, scalable and flexible IT infrastructure for this world leading retailer to fully leverage.”
Castorama is implementing Portfolio Merchandising to run in an Oracle/UNIX environment to manage its operations in France. Future plans call for implementations at the Castorama and BRICO-DEPôT chains in Spain, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Belgium and Canada from 2003 through 2005.
About Castorama-Dubois Investissements
The CDI Group is Europe’s leading DIY retailer, third worldwide and it employs nearly 50,000 people and operates 539 DIY stores on three continents. In 2001, it earned € 406 million on net sales of € 9.5 billion. CDI Group shares are traded on the Euronext Paris market. Castorama Group merged with B&Q in December 1998. In September 2002, Kingfisher held 56,4 % of the enlarged groups’ shares, before launching a take-over bid against minority shareholders.
About JDA Software Group, Inc.
With more than 4,600 retail, wholesale and manufacturing clients in 60 countries, JDA Software Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:JDAS) is the global leader in delivering integrated software and professional services for the retail demand chain. By capitalizing on its market position and financial strength, JDA commits significant resources to advancing JDA Portfolio, its suite of merchandising, POS, analytic and collaborative solutions that improve revenues, efficiency and customer focus. Founded in 1985, JDA is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and employs more than 1,200 associates operating from 29 offices in major cities throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more details, visit www.jda.com , call 1-800-479-RETAIL (7382) or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include the implication that Castorama Group may exercise its option to license JDA’s advanced replenishment and business intelligence products; JDA’s strategy for the future, and the statement that Castorama intends to implement JDA products at its chains in Spain, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Belgium and Canada. Future events may involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the fact that Castorama has no obligation to license additional JDA products and may elect not to do so, and the risk that Castorama has no obligation to implement JDA products in any countries outside of France and may elect not to do so, and other risks detailed from time to time in the “Risk Factors” section of our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of these and other risks, actual results may differ materially from those predicted. We undertake no obligation to update information in this release.
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