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UK's Leading Clothing Retailer Signs Contract With J.D. Edwards to Implement OneWorld Solution

J.D. Edwards, the leading supplier of business-to-business software solutions for the extended enterprise, today announced that Arcadia Group, the UK's second largest clothing retailer, has purchased J.D. Edwards OneWorld solution. Running on an AS/400 platform, OneWorld will be used in Arcadia Groups' offices in Leeds and London.

Arcadia Group owns some of the most popular high street High Street Brands in the UK. These include Topshop/Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Principles and others. The contract will supply Arcadia Group with the foundation, financial and project management modules for core Finance and Administration processes in the company.

Arcadia Group has also purchased Magellan software for document management within its accounting centre for initially storing invoices. It will then be possible to view the purchase order using OneWorld and the scanned image of the invoice using Magellan.

The flexibility of the system was seen as essential for Arcadia Group. The software solution from J.D. Edwards was chosen as the only AS/400 product on the market that can be continually expanded and developed to allow Arcadia Group to change its business processes as market dynamics demand it. With an AS/400 background, the Arcadia Group chose OneWorld based on its ability to operate on the existing platform - a crucial element in their decision.
J.D. Edwards' One World implementation will be undertaken by Caraway, who offer a variety of key IT services to other fashion retail companies and are in a unique position to provide effective solutions with their extensive knowledge of both the retail and IT sectors.

"J.D. Edwards' OneWorld fits the Arcadia Group business requirements as well as supporting our strategy of continuing to run the Arcadia operational systems on AS/400s" said Robin Turner, Managing Director of Caraway Ltd. "The first programme of the J.D. Edwards' OneWorld implementation will allow Arcadia to consolidate their core Financial and Administration systems and streamline existing processes, resulting in significant cost savings."

Once the J.D. Edwards currently planned programme is completed, Caraway will then begin another programme to look at Arcadia's remaining Finance and Administration systems to see how they could also be incorporated into OneWorld. These remaining systems are predominantly PC based applications. The long-term plan for Caraway is to run all of Arcadia Group's financials and administrative processes on J.D. Edwards OneWorld.

Trevor Salomon, marketing director, J.D. Edwards said, "The programme that Caraway is implementing on behalf of Arcadia Group is very important for J.D. Edwards, and is a great testimonial to the financial business functionality we have built into OneWorld. J.D. Edwards is working with a range of organisations such as Arcadia Group to implement their new business solutions quickly and allow them the flexibility to change in the future, according to the demands of a retail market."

About J.D. Edwards

J.D. Edwards is a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy. The Company's open solutions give organisations the freedom to choose how they assemble their internal applications and how they collaborate with partners and customers across the supply chain to increase competitive advantage.

Founded in 1977, J.D. Edwards is headquartered in Denver. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Company via the Internet at http://www.jdedwards.com


or at 0118 9091808.

About Caraway Ltd

Caraway provides a full service and systems solution specialising in the retail sector. Originally developed to service 13 high street fashion brands, Caraway's proven experience in writing, delivering and running fully operational systems is now being offered out to a wider audience. Since their official launch on September 1st, Caraway has been offering these products and services to other businesses, whilst continuing to provide top level service to the Arcadia brands.

Specifically, Caraway's retail solution covers areas from Supply Chain Management, Data Warehousing, CRM, Business Communications, Training and Creative Design Services. Fundamental to this offering is the belief that retailers can concentrate on their core business skills, whilst Caraway not only undertakes the task of providing and managing the technology, but critically the personnel, to deliver.

About Arcadia Group

Arcadia Group plc is the new name for the former Burton Group plc. The name change took place at the same time as the demerger of Debenhams in January 1998. Today, the Group reaches its customers through 13 brands, selling men's and women's wear from over 2,000 outlets and, more recently, through Home Shopping, the Internet and a growing number of international stores.

The Arcadia Group brands are available through stores in 500 markets throughout the UK, supported by the Group's multi-channel approach, which provides customers with easier access to the best that the high street has to offer. The Group now employs over 28,000 people in the UK and more than 200 internationally, generating sales of over £1.4 billion.



Contact:

Trevor Salomon

J.D. Edwards

0118 909 1700

Trevor_salomon@jdedwards.com


Cally Finch/Vicky Entwistle

The Weber Group Europe

020 7240 6189

cfinch@webergroup.co.uk

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