Kimberly-Clark Implementation to Increase Internal Efficiencies and Customer Collaboration

Columbus, Ohio, April 17, 2003 -- Sterling Commerce today announced that Kimberly-Clark, a leading global consumer products company, has implemented its Gentran Integration Suite, a modular software suite that enables Kimberly-Clark to synchronize and integrate product information with its customers.

Through Gentran Integration Suite, Kimberly-Clark will increase the accuracy of item information in its retailers' systems, which will improve overall order quality. Additionally, it will increase the speed to market for new product introductions. Gentran Integration Suite will process and communicate catalog information inbound and outbound with Transora, a standards-based data synchronization service provider. Transora will register the information with the UCCnet Global Registry and forward on to UCCnet retailers, exchanges and customers in a secure environment.

Kimberly-Clark is one of the first companies to use the new Sterling Commerce connectivity solution (within Gentran Integration Suite) with Transora.

"Gentran Integration Suite provides us with the next-generation integration solution for EAI, B2B, EDI/XML translation and communication services that we feel will strengthen our e-business environment so that we can more easily exchange information with our customers," said Phil Nickolai, E-Business Management Information Services, Kimberly-Clark. "Converting our EDI processes with Transora to XML processes through Gentran Integration Suite allows us to begin the expansion of synchronization to additional customers and additional data attributes. Ultimately, this expansion will reduce costs for K-C and our customers. We chose Sterling Commerce because they've long been our trusted partner for providing EDI and integration solutions and were able to get us up and running very quickly - in less than six weeks."

"Our work with Kimberly-Clark is a great example of how a company can quickly implement a solution that leverages their current investments while extending towards greater internal integration and external collaboration," said Sam Starr, president and chief executive officer, Sterling Commerce. "Using our solution, they were able to realize an increase in productivity, customer satisfaction and collaboration."

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