JDA Software Announces Comprehensive Implementation at $1.2 Billion Matalan Retail

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JDA Software Announces Comprehensive Implementation at $1.2 Billion Matalan Retail
U.K. Apparel & Homewares Retailer to Use JDA Portfolio® to Achieve Growth Initiative

Scottsdale, Ariz.- December 3, 2002 - JDA® Software Group, Inc. announced that Matalan Retail Limited, a value clothing and homewares retailer with $1.2 billion annual turnover, is implementing JDA Portfolio® as part of a broad-reaching and aggressive supply chain enhancement project.

According to Paul Mason, Matalan’s chief executive, JDA Portfolio will provide the core supply chain functionality needed to rapidly grow the retailer’s current store count of over 150 nationwide.

“JDA Portfolio offers us a contemporary, integrated solution that we can implement in a modular way, but still align with our two-year timeframe. Importantly, JDA’s consultants are retail experts who are committed to understanding how our business requirements will be addressed within the Portfolio framework,” commented Mason.

Matalan will use JDA’s open, client server Portfolio Merchandise Management™ software, JDA Portfolio Internet Store Portal, Performance Analysis by IDEAS™ business intelligence software, Advanced Allocation by Arthur™ and Merchandise Planning by Arthur™.

JDA Partnering with Manhattan Associates and Kurt Salmon Associates
JDA is one of three key partners working with Matalan on this expansive supply chain project. Manhattan Associates, the global leader in extended supply chain execution solutions, will implement its industry leading warehouse management system PkMSâ, the business intelligence tool, SmartInfoâ, and the real-time collaborative commerce solution, infolink™ to give Matalan robust supply chain execution capability. Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA) is Matalan’s Business Transformation partner to help the retailer deliver on its performance objectives and timescale.

“Matalan, JDA, Manhattan Associates and KSA will share all of the challenges of this project,” stated Mason. “We have a great deal of confidence in our partners’ ability and commitment to deliver.”

“We are pleased to be a strategic partner in Matalan’s supply chain transformation,” remarked Andrew Blatherwick, JDA’s managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa operations. “Matalan has established a true partnership within its implementation team that brings together the core competencies of each company. Although successfully delivering IT projects involving significant organizational change is never easy, JDA is 100 percent committed to delivering the advanced capabilities of the Portfolio suite to Matalan on time and on budget. It’s this philosophy that has enabled us to establish successful long-term relationships with our clients which, in conjunction with our strategy to continually add new best of breed Portfolio applications, helps foster their loyalty to JDA.”

Prior to the Matalan engagement, JDA had already established a worldwide strategic partnership with Manhattan Associates in January 2002 and partnered with KSA on such significant supply chain projects as Japan’s AEON Co Ltd, the world’s 16th largest retailer with 2001 revenues of US$23.6 billion.

About Matalan Retail
Matalan is one of the UK's leading clothing and homewares retailers, and the only significant dedicated edge-of-town clothing retailer. Founded by John Hargreaves, the first Matalan Store opened in Preston in 1985. Matalan now trades from 4 million square feet in over 150 stores. In a recent survey by the retail analyst Verdict, Matalan was confirmed as the number one value-clothing retailer. Matalan currently employs over 11,500 team members and has over 8.6 million active members. In October 2002 Matalan reported interim results for 27 weeks ended 31 August 2002 as follows: Group profit before tax up 9% to £53.6m (for 26 weeks ended 25th August: £49.4m). Turnover up 28% to £492.2m (2001: £385.2m). Matalan Retail like for like sales up 4% (2001: 10%). For more information visit www.matalan.co.uk

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 info@jda.com .

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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 statements regarding the anticipated timing, costs and benefits of implementing JDA Portfolio at Matalan Future events may involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the fact that the JDA Portfolio implementation project may not be completed on schedule and budget, or that Matalan will not realize expected benefits from the JDA Portfolio products, particularly since the project is complex and involves multiple vendors, 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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