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Exel is to become first Irish user of Progress SonicMQ internet message

Slough: July 14, 2000. One of the world leaders in global logistics and
supply chain management, Exel Walsh Western is using web application
development tools from Progress Software to open up its warehouse
management systems to clients and suppliers via the internet.

In Ireland, Exel Walsh Western has 7 warehouse sites, where it manages
the storage and movement of goods throughout Europe and the Middle East
on behalf of some of the world’s largest software, computer, peripherals
and component producers. The Progress browser-based application sits on
top of a purpose-built Warehouse Hubbing System (WHS) business
application developed using Progress 4GL tools and the Progress
relational database. This enables Exel’s end user clients - generally
purchasing departments - to access the back-end operational systems and
databases through a web browser. They can, for example, check stock
levels and future deliveries into Exel’s warehouses from their own
suppliers and place call off orders for delivery directly to plants
around Europe. Suppliers to Exel’s customers may also use the system to
monitor stock levels, usage and as a prompt for invoicing.

The vendor hubbing application has proved so successful that the Irish
software development team has also installed the system at two sites in
Chicago with Florida to follow, as well as the UK for one Exel client
recognised as a global leader in integrated communications and embedded
electronic solutions.

Exel Walsh Weston has used Progress development and deployment tools for
some nine years and is currently developing in the most recent version
9.1 of Progress. Paul Power, systems manager says: "We have a team of 14
Progress programmers developing systems for the group. The
cross-platform flexibility and speed of development coupled with the low
cost of ownership have always been plus points for developing in
Progress. Progress has consistently anticipated the ever-changing needs
of the business applications market providing the tools that we need for
developing the new breed of e-commerce and internet business-to-business

An example of this is the release of Progress SonicMQ - the world’s
first standalone internet messaging server from a major supplier - which
is designed to enable business applications to exchange information
securely and at optimum speed, regardless of whether the applications
happen to be on the same system, network or even in the same company.
Exel is set to become the first customer for SonicMQ in Ireland.

About Exel Walsh Western

The logistics operations of the Walsh Western Group in Ireland, the UK
and Holland became part of Exel Logistics in 1998, significantly
extending its interests in the European electronics logistics market. In
2000 Ocean Group plc and Exel plc (formerly NFC plc) merged to create a
new, world leader in global supply chain management. The combined
company is called Exel plc and operates from 1300 locations, employing
50,000 people. It focuses exclusively on the supply chain providing a
range of services that include global freight management, integrated
transportation and warehousing, inbound and global aftermarket
logistics, and supply chain management.

Progress is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation.
SonicMQ and other products of Progress Software referenced herein are
trademarks of Progress Software Corporation. All other trademarks
contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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