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Vertex Interactive Ranked Number 408 Fastest Growing Technology Company on the 2001 Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500

Vertex Interactive, a provider of supply chain execution and order fulfilment technologies, has announced that it ranked Number 408 on the 2001 Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies, based on the company’s NASDAQ listing. Rankings are calculated from the five-year percentage revenue growth from 1996-2000, during which period, Vertex grew 1,162 %.

“Although we are NASDAQ listed, Vertex Interactive is a truly international software company. Our strong European presence - in terms of integration, development and support staff, rather than just a sales force - sets us apart from many of our competitors,” comments Jacqui Gerrard, European COO at Vertex. “We believe this commitment has been recognised by the market and our healthy growth in Europe has contributed heavily to this award.”

Hugo Biermann, Vertex’s Chairman who is based in Europe, credits the company’s impressive revenue growth over the past five years to timely development and acquisitions of technology, a blue chip customer base, and a growing recognition of the importance of supply chain management solutions to companies’ overall productivity.

“With its ranking on the prestigious Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500, Vertex’s leaders have proven that they have the vision and fortitude to excel in the highly competitive technology industry,” said Mark A. Evans, managing director of Deloitte & Touche’s Technology & Communications Group. “We congratulate them on becoming one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies based in the U.S. and Canada.”


Fast 500 Selection and Qualifications


The Fast 500 list is compiled from three sources: winners of Deloitte & Touche’s 22 regional North American Fast 50 programs, nominations submitted directly to the Fast 500, and public company database research. To qualify for the Fast 500, entrants must have had 1996 revenues of at least ,000 USD and ,000 CD for the United States and Canada, respectively. Entrants are public or private companies headquartered in North America and must be a “technology company,” defined as a company that develops proprietary technology which contributes to a significant portion of the company’s operating revenues, manufactures a technology-related product, or devotes a high percentage of effort to research and development of technology.


Technology Fast 500 winners are invited to an exclusive CEO Summit that will be held from May 8–10, 2002 at The Breakers Resort, Palm Beach, Florida. The CEO Summit, now in its fourth year, is designed to address the unique business challenges facing these super-charged technology companies.




About Vertex Interactive


Vertex Interactive is an international provider of supply chain management technology with operations in North America and across Europe. Vertex offers a comprehensive range of software systems and tools, from point solutions, to integrated end-to-end hardware and software solutions, for enterprise wide and collaborative supply chain optimisation.


Vertex Interactive’s broad portfolio of products include advance planning and scheduling with forecasting, purchasing and multi-sourcing; fixed and mobile order entry, processing and fulfilment; inventory, warehouse, and transportation management systems. Vertex’s inventory and warehousing product suite also covers a range of point solutions which provide instant productivity gains including “light-directed” systems for picking and packing, intuitive software and integration technology for handheld devices, auto ID and printing solutions (for standard, 2D and 3D bar coding), and a suite of mobile data collection solutions for SAP R/3 implementations.



Combining this extensive product portfolio with its own industry-leading consultancy, expertise in systems integration and customisation, and unrivalled ongoing support and maintenance for hardware and software systems, Vertex Interactive provides its customers with a genuine supply chain ‘solution’. From improving the pick rate in a single warehouse, to fully integrated dynamic planning and execution system in a collaborative environment, Vertex provides companies with the right solution to ensure instant efficiency savings and a rapid return on investment.



Vertex has a rapidly growing international presence, with customers including leading companies such as, ABX USA, Air Express International, Avery Dennison, Bacardi Martini, Bic, Bristol Myers Squibb, Coca Cola, Daimler Chrysler, Express Dairies, Georg von Opel, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Kraft Jacob Suchard, Merck, Pfizer, Nestle, North Sea Ferries, Parts Express, Wal-Mart and Warner Lambert.

For additional information, please visit its web site at http://www.vertexinteractive.com

About Deloitte & Touche’s Technology & Communications Group

The Technology & Communications Group is composed of service professionals who have a wealth of experience serving technology and communications companies throughout the world in areas including Internet, software, semiconductors, cable, media and publishing, communication utilities, networking, wireless, computers and peripherals, and related industries. These specialists understand the challenges that technology and communications companies face throughout all stages of their business growth cycle and are committed to helping them succeed. Deloitte & Touche is a leader in providing strategic, financial, operational, and information technology assistance to its technology and communications clients.


Editorial Contacts

For more information on Vertex Interactive, interviews and photography please contact:

Rory MacDonald
MCC International Ltd
Tel: 01962 888100
Email: rory.macdonald@mccint.com

Nicola Welch
MCC International Ltd
Tel: 01962 888100
Email: nicola.welch@mccint.com





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