4R Systems Launches MaxOutTM at NRF 2004

NEW YORK, NY — National Retail Federation 2004 — 4R Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software tools, analytical models and information services that enable retailers and their suppliers to profitably manage their SKU's throughout the retail lifecycle, unveiled today MaxOutTM; an exit strategy optimization tool developed to help retailers maximize revenue by aligning inventory levels with the product's lifecycle, identifying the most profitable end-of-life merchandising decision out of all possible options, and applying advanced analytics to execute against those options.

"Retailers that commit to seasonal inventory in advance of a selling season succeed or fail based on their ability to profitably manage inventory productivity over the selling life of their merchandise. Penalties for poor merchandising decisions are paid in missed sales due to under-stocked stores, or excessive markdowns,"said Jiri Nechleba, CEO of 4R Systems. "MaxOut allows retailers to move beyond markdown management through our lifecycle driven end-of-life solution. Through this approach, retailers actively manage inventories downward as a product nears end-of-life and then utilize alternatives such as markdown, consolidation and liquidation to maximize profits. As a result, the retailer minimizes reliance on markdown, protects brand franchises and bolsters margins."

4R Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of software tools, analytical models and information services that helps retailers and manufacturers significantly increase profits by optimizing their inventory and related supply chain decisions. For more information, visit www.4rsystems.com or call 1-866-4RSYSTEMS.

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