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10th May 2007

Specialist fabric retailer moves to EDI with supplier community and improves margins with increased efficiencies

Fabric Warehouse, the specialist fabric retailer with 40 stores nationwide, has selected

Spectrum 3 EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) software from Freeway Commerce to exchange invoices and orders with its suppliers in the UK and beyond. The decision was made as part of an overall IT strategy to adopt EDI as a method of exchanging information for all trading partners. Freeway Commerce’s solution was selected for its ability to enable communications with differing technologies, as well as providing a lower cost web trading option as part of a single solution. The company expects to achieve significant benefits from using Freeway’s software, with improved margins and increased efficiencies in the supply chain.

The selection of Freeway Commerce’s solution was as a result of a review of its EDI systems. There was a need to implement an infrastructure for all IT systems including payroll, EPOS, and HR, following the departure from its group company Rosebys and the subsequent conclusion of the IT services agreement. Freeway Commerce’s proven experience in migrating a trading community to EDI and the web option were key factors in its selection.

Now in the process of implementing Spectrum 3, Freeway Commerce is working with Fabric Warehouse to roll it out to suppliers. The company is actively working with suppliers to encourage those who are on EDI VANs to move to less costly FTP technology. Spectrum 3 integrates with Fabric Warehouse’s back office systems, including

finance, human resources, payroll, point of sale and merchandising systems based on Dynamics NAV, part of the Microsoft Dynamics suite, implemented by IT services company K3.

According to Glenn Aungles, Project Sponsor and Finance Director at Fabric Warehouse, “Freeway Commerce’s solution was an easy choice. The simple commercial model and the ability to connect with our trading community whatever their technology made this a straightforward decision. In particular the low cost web portal included as part of the package made it an extremely attractive solution.

“Freeway Commerce is actively working with us to provide excellent support to our suppliers. With the system in place it will help us to significantly improve efficiencies in our supply chain.”

Paul Kaye, Sales Director of Freeway Commerce commented, “Businesses like Fabric Warehouse recognise the importance of investing in IT back office systems that smooth the flow of transactions. Spectrum 3 is designed to enable these transactions that allow secure, fast exchange of data. By encouraging the supplier community to move to EDI, administration is faster and streamlined, with reduced mistakes, significantly benefiting the bottom line.”



About Fabric Warehouse

Fabric Warehouse is a UK specialist fabric retailer with 40 stores nationwide, offering a selection of furnishing fabrics for curtains and upholstery.

The stores offer a made-to measure service as well a range of ready-made curtains, blinds and accessories for the home.

The business has experienced considerable change in the past few years. Significant growth, more imported goods and supply chain re-organization have all set new business challenges.

About Freeway Commerce

Founded in 1998, Freeway Commerce Ltd is based in Preston, England, and has recently opened a second administration and sales office just outside Manchester. Freeway specialises in EDI and e-commerce integration and enabling applications.

Freeway Commerce is one of the fastest growing XML/EDI/e-commerce software and services providers in the UK. The company provides a number of software packages from standalone solutions to fully integrated systems. All products are designed to deliver state-of-the-art e-commerce capability at an extremely competitive price.

Freeway’s clients range from small businesses to multinationals. The company has managed supplier EDI roll-outs for Tesco, Argos, ASDA, Topps Tiles, Woolworths, Virgin Retail, Hagemeyer UK, Somerfield, BSS and many others.

Freeway is a privately-owned, financially-secure business. Freeway supports over 2000 clients trading with over 400 different trading partners.

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Editors Contacts:

Paul Kaye
Sales Director
Freeway Commerce
Tel: 01202 772201

Andreina West/Mary Phillips
PR Artistry Ltd
Tel: 01491 636191
Fax: 01491 579798

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