Rayovac to Implement Catalyst to Manage Shop Floor Production

Rayovac will implement Catalyst with Advanced Interface to SAP for enhanced supply chain visibility


Milwaukee, WI, April 22, 2003 — Catalyst International Inc. (OTC BB: CLYS), a global provider of supply chain execution (SCE) solutions, today announced that Rayovac Corporation (NYSE: ROV), one of the world's largest consumer battery and lighting device companies, will implement the Catalyst Supply Chain Execution system at a new distribution center in Dixon, Illinois. The Catalyst system includes an advanced interface that uses SAP Business Connectors to provide true, real-time collaboration and inventory visibility throughout their supply chain.

Rayovac is building the new 560,000-square-foot facility in Dixon to consolidate operations from a Madison, Wis. packaging center and a distribution center in Middleton, Wis. The new state-of-the-art, $20-million complex will maximize efficiencies through a more tightly coupled packaging and distribution operation.

“The synergy of having raw packaging components and product through finished goods in one facility and all managed through a fully integrated SAP and Catalyst system will mean shortened production times, reduced labor and shipping costs and faster delivery to customers,” said Dean Jenson, Director of Business Systems for Rayovac.

The Advanced Interface between the Catalyst and SAP systems will provide a seamless infrastructure for the combined operations, providing real-time information sharing on goods and processes at all points in the supply chain -- from raw materials, through production and finished goods. Rayovac will use the Catalyst system to manage the material moves to and from the shop floor in addition to the distribution functions. The SAP system will create production orders and the Catalyst system will determine what is needed to fulfill the orders and will send materials to the work center for production.

"Rayovac has taken advantage of our Advanced Interface with SAP which provides the strongest interconnection between a WMS and SAP in the industry. The interface between the systems enables true, real-time visibility into inventory throughout the supply chain. No other WMS provider can deliver integration with SAP at this level," said David March, Executive Vice President of Sales for Catalyst.

"The Advanced Interface to SAP that Catalyst provided has saved us many man-months in time. The packaged interface gives us the ability to make mapping changes ourselves, and to create interfaces with other equipment. This will save us a lot of time and money in the long run," said Jenson.

Rayovac distributes batteries to retailers throughout the U.S., including Walmart, Target, and fellow Catalyst customers ShopKo and The Home Depot. Rayovac currently has Catalyst installed at three distribution centers -- Fresno, Cal., Laverne, Tenn., and Middleton, Wis. Rayovac installed the Catalyst system at all three sites with no modifications. The three sites are managed by the Catalyst system through a "hub and spoke" design with a master computer at their corporate headquarters in Madison. In January of this year, Rayovac upgraded their Catalyst system to Release 8.1 to take advantage of new functionality and to prepare for the new facility go-live.


About Catalyst

Catalyst International, Inc. (OTC BB: CLYS) helps companies integrate supply chains to optimize business performance. For more than 20 years, the company has enabled global Fortune 500 customers to greatly minimize the risks of installing, integrating and operating WMS software in complex, high-volume warehouse facilities. Catalyst software offers the broadest functionality in the industry and is easy to install, modify, upgrade and maintain. Its broad array of services includes distribution strategy consulting, pre- and post-implementation audits, a 24/7-customer services center and facilities management.

Catalyst has provided successful SCE solutions for customers around the world, including Boeing, The Container Store, Maybelline, Perdue, Panasonic, Rayovac, Reebok International, The Home Depot and Subaru. It is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and has offices or representatives in the UK, Italy, Mexico and South America. For more information, call toll-free 800-236-4600 or visit www.catalystwms.com.

For More Information

Contact: Ruta Hunter
Phone: 414-362-8942
email: rhunter@catalystwms.com