MONTREAL, March 20, 2003 - TECSYS Inc. (TSX: TCS), a leading Supply Chain Management (SCM) software company announced today it has signed a major agreement with Rolf C. Hagen Inc. to implement EliteSeries’ suite of enterprise distribution management applications. TECSYS’ software will provide worldwide business management of Hagen’s complex distribution requirements.
The Hagen group of companies was founded by Mr. Rolf C. Hagen in 1955 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. With careful and effective management decisions, Hagen has nurtured the family of companies into the largest privately owned pet supplies manufacturer and distributor in the world. Hagen’s core strategy the last forty-seven years has been to offer value added distribution services and unique and high quality products. Today Hagen employs thousands of employees worldwide. With such complex business requirements, Hagen searched for the best solution in the market to address its needs to more effectively manage inventory on a real-time and global basis. Standardized item management, sales force automation, and management tools to truly measure return on assets were also critical to Hagen’s ability to deliver its products on-time with the best customer service.
“We needed global enterprise visibility of all aspects of our business. With diverse product sourcing and global operations, we wanted to ensure that we are delivering the very best in service and supplies to our customers,” said Rolf Hagen Jr., Executive VP of Hagen. “The ability to see into our inventory, sales, and profitability by division, by location, and territory is critical to servicing our customers. We found that TECSYS has the only completely integrated suite of applications that was designed and built specifically for the distribution market - complete with import tracking and wireless order entry via tablet PCs - all based on a bullet proof technology platform. We needed a solution that truly fits our business and will grow with us.”
EliteSeries will be implemented at Hagen locations in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, and France. With its Web-based platform running the Oracle database, TECSYS will empower nearly 400 users of its Distribution Management (DMS), Warehouse Management (WMS), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), and E-Commerce modules. In addition the company will provide its remote order entry solution (mobile version of Elite.eCom) via tablet PCs over a wireless network, allowing Hagen sales reps on the road to work even more closely with their customers. Features include product and pricing updates, order status, order history, and inventory availability status. Such leading edge tools will allow the real-time flow of information from the field to the central command of Hagen where visibility into every aspect of the business is critical to making strategic decisions.
Peter Brereton, President and Co-CEO of TECSYS, stated, “We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with Rolf C. Hagen Inc. Again, we have proven that our industry-leading EliteSeries suite is by far the most compre hensive suite of applications that addresses the specific needs of the distribution industry.” Brereton added, “Our partnership with Hagen represents our ability to address the complex global needs of global businesses. The robust functionality of EliteSeries will provide a global view of Hagen’s enterprise, helping senior executives make better business and investment decisions.”
About Rolf C. Hagen Inc.:
Rolf C. Hagen Inc. has its international headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and has wholly owned subsidiaries in the United States, England, France, Germany and Malaysia. Joint ventures include Japan, Korea, Thailand, and South Africa. There are also numerous long standing partnership agreements in countries such as Spain, Mexico, Italy, Australia, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal and New Zealand, to name a few. Rolf C. Hagen Inc.’s distribution capacity spans the globe to provide the very best in pet supplies to the growing pet trade.
TECSYS is a leading Supply Chain Management software company that provides powerful enterprise distribution software solutions. TECSYS' EliteSeries SCM software suite spans the office to the shipping dock and beyond. EliteSeries modules include Enterprise Performance Management, Distribution Management, Warehouse Management, Transportation Management, and E-Commerce. The company's customers feature about 300 mid-size and Fortune 1000 corporations in healthcare (pharmaceutical and medical/surgical supplies) distribution, third-party logistics providers (3PL), and general wholesale highvolume distribution markets. Representative customers include: McKesson Specialty Distribution, Cardinal Health Specialty Pharmaceutical Services, University Health Network/Healthcare Logistics Inc. (HLI), Shoppers Drug Mart, Sanyo Fisher, Steiner Electric, Colgate -Palmolive, National Bulk Foods Distributor, Focus Products Group, DSI Toys, and Pfizer. TECSYS’ shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the ticker symbol TCS.