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First website deployed with additional sites to go live in 2008

London – 14 July 2008. hybris, (www.hybris.com), a leading multi-channel communication and commerce software , and its premium partner, Tier2 Consulting, (www.tier2consulting.com), today announced that they have deployed the first of four Hybris based UK company web sites to be implemented for Bunzl UK and Ireland in 2008.

Following a successful pilot implementation, Lockhart Catering (www.bunzlce.com) went live in February 2008 as part of Bunzl UK and Ireland’s long-term e-Commerce strategy to implement the hybris platform across its portfolio of UK and Ireland companies.

James Cam, IT Director, Bunzl UK & Ireland, said: “As one of the world’s fastest growing specialist distribution groups, we provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for customers across several key market sectors, ranging from catering equipment to healthcare supplies. With a broad range of companies under our umbrella, we identified a clear need for a single, scalable platform that would form the basis of our e-Commerce strategy, and replace our existing multi platform, highly bespoked suite of e-Commerce sites. We wanted to be able to develop a common, flexible and configurable platform on which to base the e-Commerce offerings of all our companies and hybris and Tier2 Consulting have a proven track record in this area.”

The pilot included the provision of content-managed and product catalogue driven web pages, full text search, shopping basket/ check-out facilities, and customer specific pricing.

Andy Kennedy, Managing Director of Tier2 Consulting, said: “Key to the success of the pilot was not only the ability to provide the standard functionality expected from an e-Commerce platform. It was equally important to demonstrate that additional sites could be implemented quickly and cost-effectively. This is an essential component for an organisation with ambitious expansion plans and multiple brands where a unified approach to product information management across all sites is critical.”

Andrew Piscina, UK Country Manager for hybris, said: "We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred e-Commerce platform for Bunzl and that our partner, Tier2 Consulting, has been chosen as their technical service provider. Bunzl is a prime example of a complex organisation that requires a sophisticated, highly scalable and optimised e-Commerce platform at the heart of its business. We look forward to working with Tier2 Consulting over the coming year to deploy additional sites for this forward looking company.”

About Bunzl
Bunzl is a leading international specialist distribution group supplying a wide range of non food consumable products to varied customer markets including grocery, foodservice, cleaning and safety, non food retail and healthcare.

A UK PLC, listed on the FTSE 100 and head quartered in London. Bunzl employs 13,000 people and supplies the majority of major organisations in each of the sectors it serves, from 240 distribution locations in 23 countries.

About Tier2
Tier 2 Consulting is a dedicated team of experienced, highly skilled developers creating bespoke web applications and providing senior level consulting to some of the world’s most demanding businesses and academic institutions.

We use agile development techniques to deliver enterprise class, ‘rich’ web applications using leading-edge open source technologies and best-in-class e-commerce solutions.

Long term relationships with blue chip organisations demonstrate our expertise and our ability to consistently deliver high-quality, cost-effective IT services.

For more information on our technical expertise and industry-specific consulting experience, please visit www.tier2consulting.com, or call Andy Kennedy on 01992 509742. Email akennedy@tier2consulting.com

About hybris
hybris is a leading vendor of multi-channel communication & commerce software. Its clear vision about the need for consistency, co-ordination and personalization of information across all channels and throughout all phases of the customer lifecycle has resulted in the development of an integrated solution which supports the industrialization and automation of communication, sales and support processes. It is spearheading innovation in this field, enabling companies to master the complexities of implementing and managing single site, multi-site and multi-channel communication and commerce processes step-by-step without any compromises.

Established in 1997, hybris has a proven track record of profitability and growth, with ambitious expansion plans for the future. Headquartered in Munich, it has offices in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. Its international presence is extended via a dedicated network of business and technology partners across Europe and the USA. It has over 150 customers worldwide running more than 1,500 websites “powered by hybris”. Customers are global brands from retail and manufacturing industries, including zavvi, TUI, Lufthansa, Puma, Ulla Popken, Nokia, Reebok, Grundfos, Demag, Sika, Norgren, Phonak and Bechtle.

For further information please contact:

Mel Oxford
Ascendant Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 7515 632065
E-mail: moxford@ascendcomms.net


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