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EDI Service Provider SPS Commerce Joins NetSuite’s SuiteFlex Developer Program

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Software-as-a-Service Provider Integrates its Offerings for Improved Supply Chain CommunicationsSAN MATEO, Calif. and MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Dec. 11, 2007 – SPS Commerce today announced that it has become a member of NetSuite’s® SuiteFlex SM Developer Program. By integrating NetSuite’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ERP solution and outsourced SaaS Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) services from SPS Commerce, suppliers can seamlessly communicate order, inventory and shipment information from NetSuite through SPS Commerce to their trading and supply chain partners such as third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and sourcing companies.As a member of NetSuite’s program, SPS Commerce plans to extend NetSuite’s One System Architecture with new capabilities to meet the needs of suppliers requiring EDI connections to the SPS Commerce network of more than 1,200 retailers and grocers. The SuiteFlex Development platform allows third-party applications to integrate transaction data – orders, inventory, invoices and shipments – with their applications, and enable customers and third-party developers to build new workflows and applications that can look and operate as if NetSuite’s own developers wrote them.NetSuite holds critical business data of a company – orders, invoices, website transactions, shipping records, time tracking, and payroll data – the applications that are built on it using SuiteFlex can provide key tools for managing the company’s business. SPS Commerce’s Adaptor for NetSuite, created via SuiteFlex, is an excellent example of this that can benefit other companies. With the SPS Commerce Adapter for NetSuite, orders are created automatically in NetSuite when a trading partner sends a purchase order via EDI through the SPS Commerce service. When the invoice for the trading partner is created in NetSuite, it is integrated with the company’s partners via EDI.“As leaders in SaaS business-to-business solutions, SPS’ and NetSuite’s customers know the added reliability, lower cost of ownership and expertise of the SaaS delivery model,” said David Novak, Executive Vice President of Business Development at SPS Commerce. “With this integrated solution, suppliers can provide critical business data found within an organization’s ERP solution to its supply chain partners via a proven EDI service. More importantly, these organizations can reap the benefits of SaaS offerings and focus on their core competencies, not ERP or EDI.”About SuiteFlex and NetSuite’s SuiteFlex Developer ProgramSuiteFlex is an application development platform that enables the creation of third-party vertical applications within NetSuite, as well as business process customization for any end-user company. SuiteFlex includes several industry technology advances and innovations including additions to SuiteScript SM – which allows for on-demand programming using only a web browser on a device with Internet access. As a part of SuiteScript, NetSuite introduced Suitelets SM and SuiteScript UI Objects, allowing customers and third-party developers to build new workflows and applications that can look and operate as if NetSuite’s own developers wrote them. In addition, SuiteFlex introduces a new concept for the Software as a Service market — “Service as Software,” SuiteBundler SM — to deliver new integrated vertical solutions by packaging their Suitelets and other extensions with NetSuite’s core ERP/CRM/Ecommerce application. SuiteBundler enables solution providers to embed their industry-best practices, knowledge and applications — traditionally delivered as one-off services — into the actual NetSuite application for verticals in a repeatable fashion.NetSuite’s SuiteFlex Developer Program was established to help solution providers achieve success in vertical markets by bringing them the following:• Template development account with extensive SuiteFlex customization, development and integration capabilities and access to the entire NetSuite suite of applications. Developers can create and test their customizations, applications and integrations in this account and use it as a template for a repeatable solution they can deploy to multiple customers.• Online product and technical documentation and online product training.• Phone and email technical support.• Participation in the SuiteFlex developer forum.• Eligibility to join NetSuite’s Referral Program.• Ability to apply for inclusion in the SuiteFlex Solutions directory.About SPS CommerceSPS Commerce provides a communication solution to be used by each partner in a company’s supply chain. More than 12,000 retailers, manufacturers and 3PLs have selected SPS Commerce as their outsourced EDI provider to automate and integrate their trading relationships. Using the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, SPS Commerce can dramatically lower setup and on-going costs, along with the time and risks of traditional EDI software by outsourcing the entire B2B communication process. The company’s offerings leverage its multi-tenant architecture, multi-party sharing, comprehensive knowledge of hundreds of retailers’ business processes and specifications and integration expertise with a variety of accounting, merchandising and ERP systems. SPS Commerce is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For additional information, please contact SPS Commerce at 866-2450-8100 or visit www.spscommerce.com.About NetSuiteNetSuite Inc. is a leading vendor of on-demand, integrated business management application suites for small and medium-sized businesses. NetSuite enables companies to manage key business operations in a single system, which includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Ecommerce. NetSuite’s patent-pending “real-time dashboard” technology provides an easy-to-use view into up-to-date, role-specific business information.NetSuite, the NetSuite logo, SuiteBundler, SuiteFlex, Suitelets and SuiteScript are service-marks or trademarks of NetSuite Inc.SPS Commerce is a registered trademark of SPS Commerce Inc. SPSCommerce.net and the SPS Commerce logo are the property of SPS Commerce, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders.###

National Arbitration Forum Honors Excellence in Promoting Dispute Resolution and Civil Justice

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Honorable Harold Kalina Receives Civil Justice AwardMINNEAPOLIS, December 5, 2007—The National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) presented the organization’s inaugural “Civil Justice Award” to Honorable Harold Kalina, for whom the award will be named, on December 1, 2007.Upon presenting the award, Roger Haydock, Managing Director of the National Arbitration Forum stated “Judge Kalina has ennobled and improved dispute resolution and civil justice during his distinguished career as a District Court Judge, a Minnesota State Senator, practicing attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and all-around dispute resolution professional.”Honorable Harold Kalina, a graduate of the University of Minnesota law school, began his career at Scholle, Schweiger & Kalina in Minneapolis where he practiced law from 1954 to 1972 and was a partner. He served as a Minnesota State Senator for four terms from 1955 to 1971 and as an Assistant Minority Leader for the Senate from 1971 to 1972.In 1972 he began his term as Judge of the Hennepin County District Court, Fourth Judicial District, Minnesota. In 1981 Kalina became Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial District. He was Partner at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis from 1983 to 1990. He then returned to the bench as a Fourth Judicial District Court Judge from 1990 to 1995.In 1995 he began serving Minnesota courts as a retired judge and was approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court as an arbitrator and neutral mediator practicing in all alternative dispute resolution areas. In 2001 Kalina joined the National Arbitration Forum panel of arbitrators and mediators and began hearing and deciding cases over disputed domain names.“Judge Kalina is a truly remarkable and sincere individual who has made a significant impact in the legal profession,” said National Arbitration Forum Managing Director Roger Haydock.“Dignified jurists and neutrals like Kalina merit recognition for their knowledge, experience, skills and abiding commitment to providing access to justice to all Americans. The Honorable Harold Kalina Civil Justice Award program will shine the spotlight on recipients that inspire both developing and longstanding dispute resolution professionals around the nation.”Honorable Harold Kalina lives in Minneapolis with his wife Elaine.Criteria for the AwardCandidates for the Honorable Harold Kalina Civil Justice Award are evaluated for their excellence in promoting dispute resolution and civil justice.The National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum (FORUM), one of the world’s largest alternative dispute resolution providers, administers arbitration and mediation services that are faster and less expensive than lawsuits. Disputes are heard and decided by members of the National Arbitration Forum panel of 1,600 arbitrators and mediators who are attorneys and former judges. Founded in 1986, the National Arbitration Forum is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. with offices in New Jersey and California and panelists in all 50 U.S. states and in 35 countries. For more information, visit www.adrforum.com.###

NEXCOM Outsources EDI Enablement Program Targeting 1300+ Vendors to SPS Commerce

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Retailer to Increase Visibility to In-Transit Inventory and Streamline ReceivingMinneapolis, Minn., Dec. 4, 2007 – SPS Commerce, a leading trading partner integration center offering fully outsourced Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Catalog functions, announced today that The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has selected SPS Commerce’s outsourced vendor enablement service. SPS’ enablement program will expand the number of transactions electronically exchanged between NEXCOM and its EDI-enabled vendors, who represent 83 percent of NEXCOM’s volume. With SPS’ assistance, NEXCOM’s vendors will be adding the advance ship notice (ASN) and bar code labels by year-end to offer visibility to in-transit inventory and streamline receiving at NEXCOM’s distribution centers and stores. The enablement program was launched on June 14, 2007, with a webcast to NEXCOM’s vendors announcing the program details.This program is the next step in NEXCOM’s supply chain strategy. By integrating a growing number of business transactions with its vendors, NEXCOM can experience efficiencies throughout the supply chain, and be prepared for its Transportation Management System (TMS) implementation. NEXCOM has 328 retail locations and 13 distribution centers worldwide. The retailer offers more than 200k items including hard-lines, consumables, softlines and services for authorized patrons through its retail stores.“We are pleased to have been selected by NEXCOM to lead their current enablement program,” commented Archie Black, President and CEO of SPS Commerce. “NEXCOM’s unique retailing focus includes an expansive vendor community, representing manufacturers in grocery as well as discount and high-end consumer goods. Every day SPS provides quality EDI and integration services to thousands of vendors in these categories. We are using this expertise on NEXCOM’s behalf to maximize the adoption of these new transactions across NEXCOM’s vendor community to the benefit of all parties.”About SPS CommerceSPS Commerce is a leading trading partner integration center offering fully outsourced Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Catalog capabilities. Today, more than 12,000 retailers and manufacturers have selected SPS Commerce as their outsource provider to automate and integrate their trading relationships. Using the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) software model, SPS Commerce dramatically lowers the setup and on-going costs, along with the time and risks of traditional EDI software by outsourcing the entire process. The company’s offerings leverage its multi-tenant architecture, comprehensive knowledge of hundreds of retailer’s business processes and specifications, and integration expertise with a variety of accounting, merchandising and ERP systems including Oracle, NetSuite, SAP, Epicor, Great Plains, QuickBooks, Macola, MAS 90/200 & 500, Microsoft Business Solutions applications, Peachtree and many more. SPS Commerce is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. For additional information, please contact SPS Commerce at 866-245-8100 or visit www.spscommerce.comSPS Commerce is a registered trademark of SPS Commerce Inc. SPSCommerce.net and the SPS Commerce logo are the property of SPS Commerce, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders.###

 
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