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AccessVia Signs Staples For Web Printing Technology

Press release from the issuing company

Office Supply Superstore to Deploy Web dSignShop Enterprise-wide SEATTLE--June 25, 2002--AccessVia, the leading provider of retail sign printing and multichannel retail display solutions, today announced that Staples Inc. has selected Web dSignShop as its in-store printing technology for over 1,300 stores. AccessVia's Web dSignShop allows retailers to print promotional signs and shelf-edge labels from a central server using a corporate intranet or the Internet. AccessVia's Web dSignShop will allow Staples to maintain a single server site for their entire enterprise -- simplifying deployment, maintenance and migration of the application. Staples will have central control of sign layouts and item content while giving individual stores the ability to print signs and labels using just a Web browser and existing printers. Corporate-designed templates and dynamic access to real-time corporate data ensure design consistency and sign accuracy across the enterprise. "The Web-based architecture of Web dSignShop revolutionizes our in-store printing processes. We will increase our flexibility, simplify processes and reduce costs by centrally deploying and managing all aspects of the system," said Scott Floeck, SVP North American Retail and Corporate Systems, Staples. "Real time access to centralized content enhances our customer experience, by providing content rich product information that enables customers to make more informed product decisions." AccessVia's Web dSignShop was awarded the 2002 Retail Application Developer (RAD) Award. The Microsoft RAD Award highlights the most innovative Microsoft-based software solutions for the retail and supply chain industries. "Web dSignShop connects with multiple data systems at Staples, making it easier to effectively communicate the value proposition to our customers," said Robert DiPietro, Director Visual Merchandising Systems & Process. "One click execution provides our associates with real-time access to item content and layouts using just a Web browser in the stores. New marketing initiatives can now be deployed across the chain in a fraction of the time." "The Staples implementation is significant because of its size and considerable integration challenges," said Dean A. Sleeper, AccessVia CEO. "The system includes J2EE/HTML user interfaces, BEA Systems WebLogic on UNIX, IBM MQSeries messaging using XML for data access to the merchandising system and other data on the AS/400, an NT based planogram system, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional rendering server, NT clients, Internet Explorer, Symbol hand-held devices, dual vendor printing devices - a veritable bouillabaisse of modern and legacy systems and devices. Despite these complexities, the user interface remains intuitive and easy to use. It's a unique combination of AccessVia's web-based rendering technologies, sophisticated enterprise back-end technology and store-friendly access."

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