CenterStone Technologies, Inc, an internationally recognized developer of Web software for managing sales orders for specialty retailers, announced that JanSport, a division of VF Corp., has selected CenterStone to provide business-to-business sales order management software for its retail customers. JanSport is the worlds largest marketer of backpacks and a leading producer and marketer of outdoor-oriented equipment, accessories and travel bags. JanSport also markets apparel, both custom decorated and outdoor apparel.
“We will be kicking off this year’s selling season at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show with a commitment to our dealers to be the easiest equipment company to do business with,” said Frank Fenton, vice president of sales for JanSport. “At The North Face, another member of the VF Outdoor Coalition, dealers and sales reps have been very quick to embrace the CenterStone solution and it has had a significant, positive impact on the business of The North Face. It is only logical for JanSport to be adopting the same solution. CenterStone will help JanSport differentiate itself from the competition by offering the most cutting-edge products and by being the easiest company to do business with so were in the forefront of our dealers minds as a preferred vendor.”
By just logging on to CenterStone’s Internet application, JanSports sales representatives and dealers will be able to easily place pre-season orders, check inventory availability and place reorders 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The sales order management solution will connect JanSport via the World Wide Web to its specialty retail customers and give them the benefits normally associated with larger EDI trading partner thus making transactions more efficient and accurate, saving both dealers and JanSport time and money.
“In addition to the 5,000-plus dealers that have access to the software, a key benefit of our sales order management application is its ease-of-use,” said Tom Detmer, president and CEO of CenterStone Technologies. “When a company like JanSport adopts our SOM application, transactions immediately become more efficient by creating a seamless experience for specialty retail customers, which provides an incremental competitive edge for specialty retailers and JanSport.”
JanSport, Inc. is the worlds largest marketer of backpacks and a leading producer and marketer of outdoor-oriented equipment, accessories and travel bags, as well as both custom decorated and outdoor apparel. The company is headquartered in Appleton, WI and has offices in Everett, Wash., England, France, Hong Kong, China, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy. JanSport is a division of the VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), the worlds largest apparel company and a leader in jeanswear, intimate apparel, knitwear, playwear, workwear and daypacks. Its principal brands include Eastpak®, Lee®, Wrangler®, Riders®, Rustler®, Vanity Fair®, Vassarette®, Bestform®, Lily of France®, Lee Sport®, Healthtex®, Red Kap® and TheNorth Face®. For more information visit www.jansport.com.
About CenterStone Technologies, Inc.
CenterStone Technologies, Inc. provides Web-based sales order management applications that give retail dealers and sales reps the ability to create proposals, view online catalogs and product availability and to place preseason, reorders, and retail employee orders more effectively and efficiently with their vendors. CenterStone
Technologies makes vendors more competitive by providing increased inventory turns at retail, reduced customer service costs, and greater speed to market, improving relationships with their customers-the retail dealer.
Among the brands currently making CenterStone Technologies solutions available to their retail customers and sales reps are: The North Face, Pearl Izumi, Marmot Mountain, Ex Officio, Helly Hansen, Mountain Hardwear, Marker Apparel, ArcTeryx, Sport Obermeyer, Marcolin, Fenwick, Garcia and Berkley Fishing, Remington Arms, JIBS Footwear and Malone Auto Racks. Product availability and orders for these brands are exchanged between retail dealers, sales reps and vendors back office (ERP) systems using EDI or XML. The Buyers Page, a retail dealer to vendor order management solution, RIDEPro, a POS to Vendor order management solution and REstore, a retail employee/Pro to Vendor order management solution are three of CenterStones ASP software products. Additional information about CenterStone Technologies, Inc. can be found on the companys Web site at www.centerstonetech.com.