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SPS Commerce Outsourced EDI Service Subscriber, Arena Brands, Named To Apparel Magazine's Top 50 Innovators

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Leading Western Wear Vendor Recognized for Streamlined Order Fulfillment Process and Timely Connections with Retail Trading PartnersMinneapolis, MN – May 28, 2008 – SPS Commerce, the leading provider of SaaS EDI services, today announced that its customer, Arena Brands, has been named to Apparel Magazine’s inaugural Top 50 Innovators list. Named among global retailers and vendors, Arena Brands was recognized for its decision to outsource its EDI to SPS Commerce, benefiting from rapid connections to its trading partners, integration with its Oracle system, and an automated order fulfillment cycle that eliminated days from its delivery.“We are pleased to be honored by Apparel Magazine and extend our appreciation to SPS Commerce, which has provided Arena with an outsourced EDI service that has exceeded my expectations,” commented Keith Ritchie, Corporate IT Director at Arena Brands Inc. “Using a standardized format to integrate with our Oracle solution, we can quickly add new trading partners without taking time or resources away from other IT projects. While the technology is superior, the best part about partnering with SPS Commerce is their people. By outsourcing to SPS Commerce, Arena has been able to improve our productivity and enhance our supply chain relationships.”Apparel Magazine announced The Top 50 Innovators in its May 2008 issue.“SPS Commerce is pleased to congratulate Arena Brands on this impressive distinction,” stated Archie Black, president and CEO of SPS Commerce. “We were honored to be selected by Arena as their EDI outsourcing partner several years ago, offering them a proven, multi-tenant B2B integration solution and experience in meeting the EDI needs of its retail customers. The EDI mappings for Arena’s transactions were already created and in use by these suppliers, to reduce implementation time and improve reliability. They are a pleasure to work with, and we are glad to see the apparel industry formerly recognizing their achievements in innovation.”To learn more about Arena Brands use of SPS’ outsourced EDI services, download its case study at SPS CommerceSPS Commerce is the leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) B2B integration, connecting every partner in the supply chain. Retailers, manufacturers and 3PLs have selected SPS Commerce as their outsourced provider to automate and integrate their trading relationships. Using the SaaS model, SPS Commerce dramatically lowers 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 thousands of retailer’s business processes and specifications and integration expertise with a variety of systems for accounting (Great Plains, Quickbooks, MAS series), ERP (Oracle, NetSuite, SAP), packing and shipping (Agile, InSite, Scancode), and WMS (HighJump, Infor, Manhattan Associates). SPS Commerce is the recognized SaaS leader in B2B integration with more than 10,000 recurring revenue customers, pre-built integrations spanning 2,700 unique fulfillment workflows across 1,200 retailers, grocers and distributors, a customer satisfaction rate of 93% and the most comprehensive SaaS product suite available. SPS Commerce is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For additional information, please contact SPS Commerce at 866-245-8100 or visit Commerce is a registered trademark of SPS Commerce Inc. and the SPS Commerce logo are the property of SPS Commerce, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

Chief® Launches MOUNTBUILDER™ – The Industry’s First Online Product Configurator for Building and Specifying Mounting Solutions

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The new online tool revolutionizes the AV Industry by offering the ability to visually configure products; build and save parts lists; and specify mounts and accessories!Minneapolis, MN. – May 2008 – – Chief Manufacturing, the industry leader in projector, monitor and flat panel TV mounting solutions, is excited to announce the launch of its latest web innovation – the MOUNTBUILDER™ Product Configurator for Projector Mounts, Flat Panel Mounts and Accessories.“We are often told by customers that we offer so many mount accessories and applications that it’s hard to know which accessories to choose for each application,” said Laurie Englert, Director of Marketing. “With the goal of making this easier for the customer, the team went to work and came up with this incredible concept. We’ve shown it to customers and they are thrilled to get a visual tool of the many different options.”MOUNTBUILDER is an online tool that will revolutionize the way mounts are selected and specified. Users go to the Chief website and walk through a logical sequence of steps for building a mount configuration that visually appears before them on their computer screen. Drop distance and weight capacity are automatically calculated as parts are added. A parts list is also generated, with the ability to edit parts and quantities. The tool allows users to log in and create a password so they can save configurations for proposals or future jobs.Key Features of MOUNTBUILDER:

Open Systems and SPS Commerce Partner to Offer Integrated Services for Mid-Market Suppliers

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Leading provider of SaaS EDI services, SPS Commerce, partners with Open Systems to provide an integrated supply chain solution for mid-market companies.Minneapolis, MN — May 16, 2008 — Open Systems, Inc., a single source provider of TRAVERSE and OSAS accounting, CRM, eBusiness, not for profit, manufacturing and distribution software, and SPS Commerce, the leading provider of SaaS EDI services, today announce that they have teamed to provide an integrated supply chain solution for mid-market companies. The joint solution pre-wires TRAVERSE users to SPS’ network of over 1200 retailer trading partners.”This solution enables our TRAVERSE customers to quickly and easily communicate important documents to their customers, suppliers, third party logistics providers, and sourcing agents,” said Open Systems VP of Sales Paul Lundquist. “They can send and receive purchase orders, invoices, advance ship notices and other electronic documents directly from within their TRAVERSE application. Using the ‘multi-tenant’ Software-as-a-Service model, our users save time and reduce costs by leveraging SPS’ specialized expertise, infrastructure and existing maps.””We are very pleased to partner with Open Systems as a part of our SPS Ecosystem community,” said Archie Black, President and CEO of SPS Commerce. “By teaming SPS’ on-demand B2B integration with their industry-leading TRAVERSE accounting and business solution, mid-sized organizations can benefit from a more streamlined and hands-free approach to communicating necessary order, shipping and billing information with their trading partners.”About SPS CommerceSPS Commerce is the leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) B2B integration, connecting every partner in the supply chain. Retailers, manufacturers and 3PLs have selected SPS Commerce as their outsourced provider to automate and integrate their trading relationships. SPS Commerce has more than 10,000 recurring revenue customers, pre-built integrations spanning 2,700 unique fulfillment workflows across 1,200 retailers, grocers and distributors. It has a customer satisfaction rate of 93%. SPS Commerce is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For additional information, please contact SPS Commerce at 866-245-8100 or visit Open Systems, Inc.Founded in 1976 on the premise of delivering powerful accounting software solutions to small and mid-market customers, Open Systems is a single-source provider of accounting, distribution, manufacturing, not-for-profit, CRM and eBusiness solutions. Products offered include: OSAS for Windows, UNIX, Linux and Mac users; TRAVERSE for the Microsoft platform; and TRAVERSE eBusiness Solutions. Source code for Open Systems products is provided at no additional cost. For more information on Open Systems products, call 800-328-2276 or visit further information:Ann Wickstrom, Communications SpecialistPhone: (952) 403-5727/Email: annw @

Duchossois Group Acquires Milestone AV Technologies, Adding Leading Brands in Consumer and Commercial Mounting Solutions for Audio-Visual Products

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Leading producer of consumer and commercial mounting solutions, Milestone, joins the Duchossois Group to provide innovative and high quality audio-visual products.Savage, MN — May 16, 2008 — The Duchossois Group announced today that it has acquired Milestone AV Technologies (“Milestone”), North America’s leading producer of mounting solutions sold principally under the Chief and Sanus Systems brand names, from private equity investors led by Friedman Fleischer & Lowe. Terms of the all-cash acquisition were not disclosed.”Milestone possesses all the criteria we look for in an operating platform – – the most innovative and highest quality products sold into growth markets, leading brand names and, above all, an exceptional management team,” stated Robert Fealy, Executive Vice President of Duchossois. “It is a great fit with our AMX, Chamberlain and Heath-Zenith businesses,” he added.”I speak for our entire team in saying that we are absolutely delighted to join the Duchossois Group of companies,” said Scott Gill, Chief Executive Officer of Milestone. “We share much in common with our new sister companies, each of which is the leader in its respective markets. That Duchossois was willing to undertake this transaction in the face of uncertain economic times speaks volumes about their confidence in our ability to grow the business through the world-class products and the high levels of service we provide to our customers around the world.”Milestone was formed in 2004 through the combination of the two leading mounting solutions companies, Chief Manufacturing and Sanus Systems. The company counts among its customers the majority of Consumer Electronics retailers and is also the leading provider of mounting solutions to professional AV dealers and system integrators. The Company is headquartered in Minnesota and has approximately 400 employees worldwide. Milestone will operate as a wholly-owned affiliate of the Duchossois Group and Scott Gill will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Company.About the Duchossois GroupThe Duchossois Group is a privately-held diversified company headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with interests in access control solutions, advanced control and automation systems, lighting, venture capital and gaming. See for further information.About Milestone AV TechnologiesMilestone is the leading designer, marketer and distributor of branded audio visual mounting equipment and display solutions for flat panel displays, projectors, AV furniture, and speakers to both the consumer and the commercial markets. The Company currently serves a broad base of over 4,500 customers with a strong presence in North America and a growing business in Europe and Asia Pacific. See,, and for more information.

Energy Efficient IT Technologies Provide Competitive Business Advantage

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Server and storage consolidation provider Evolving Solutions partners with IBM to share green IT technologies designed to lower the data center costs of any type of companyMinneapolis, MN May, 12, 2008 — — Evolving Solutions, a leading server virtualization and storage consolidation provider, is ensuring firms reach a new competitive advantage by sharing revolutionary new energy efficient and cost effective IT technologies this week at an exclusive breakfast briefing.Evolving Solutions and IBM are excited would like announce that they will hosting “The Road To A Cost Efficient Data Center” this Thursday, May 15th at the Double Tree in Minneapolis.This informative seminar will share new cost effective ways that businesses can effectively lower the costs of running their data centers while still achieving a competitive advantage.Join Evolving Solutions as they also share how some early adopter have already experienced a cost savings of up to 40% by implementing green IT practices in their businesses.The original press release can be found in the Evolving Solutions News Room.

Senior Housing Management Selection Tips Provided by Aging Services Provider Ecumen

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Latest whitepaper divulges 10 questions designed to ensure senior housing providers partner with the right management partnersSHOREVIEW, MN – May 8, 2008– – Aging services provider Ecumen, one of America’s largest non-profit senior housing companies, is helping senior housing owners, who are thinking of hiring a management firm, with the release of its latest whitepaper designed to help create the best possible partnerships.The latest whitepaper from premier senior housing provider Ecumen titled “10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Senior Housing, Nursing Home or CCRC Management Company”, shares Ecumen’s deep industry knowledge and insights geared towards helping senior housing owners choose the right management partner.Ecumen’s latest whitepaper drives to help guide senior housing providers live up to and crate a home where elder adults will want to live rather than have to live there. Much of the advice offered in this latest whitepaper will help owners ask the right questions when it comes to selecting the right management partner.The full version of this press release can be found on the Changing Aging Blog.

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