Summertime Spurs Taste for Nachos, Other Ballpark Staples
Atlanta, April 19, 2005 — With warmer weather pushing demand for ballpark and amusement park staples like nachos and chili, Ross Systems Inc. ("Ross"), a global provider of enterprise software solutions for manufacturers and a software unit of chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA), today announced that its iRenaissance enterprise resource planning ("ERP") solution will be a critical part of Gehl's, one of the nation's leaders in the manufacture of ready-to-serve food products, initiative to deliver high-quality food to its more than 100,000 retail store, restaurant and concessionary customers.
Gehl's turned to iRenaissance when lack of integration and communication lapses among various departments posed a challenge to continued company expansion. Designed to address the specific needs of food manufacturers, iRenaissance provides accurate demand planning tools necessary to optimize Gehl's manufacturing and distribution processes. In partnership with Ross, Gehl's has established a solid technology infrastructure, tightly integrating purchasing, accounting and logistics departments to achieve enterprise-wide visibility and support the company's growth.
"We could not have grown to the level we are at now without a robust system like iRenaissance focused on addressing the unique needs of our industry," said Andy Gehl, president of Gehl's. "Since implementing iRenaissance, we have doubled our business and can effectively plan ahead to optimize demand for our cheese and chili products during peak seasons. In turn, our customer service levels have increased as we've been able to offer new products to our large retail and fast-food customers, including the addition of a private-label line."
With a company-wide inventory management solution in place, Gehl's can accurately fill product orders with complete confidence that the inventory is available. Streamlining inventory management has also opened up additional space on the warehouse floor, increasing the room for the company to introduce new product lines. This has allowed continued business growth within the same production facility.
"iRenaissance provides food manufacturers with a strong technology platform and the tools necessary to take advantage of evolving marketing opportunities," said Scot McLeod, vice president of marketing for Ross Systems. "Our focus on the food industry allows companies like Gehl's to capitalize on seasonal demand for products and grow their business, introducing new product lines to meet customer needs."
About Gehl's Guernsey Farms
Gehl's, headquartered in Germantown, Wis., is the nation's leading manufacturer of specialized aseptic food products. Established in 1894, the company supplies more than 100,000 stores, restaurants and concessionaires with high-quality, ready-to-serve food items. Gehl's is a pioneer in making private-label puddings, nutritional drinks and cheese sauces for some of the best-known grocery brands, while still offering high-quality dairy products to bakers, restaurants and catering services under the respected Gehl's name.
About Ross Systems
Ross Systems, Inc., a software unit of chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA), delivers innovative software solutions that help manufacturers worldwide fulfill their business growth objectives through increased operational efficiencies, improved profitability, strengthened customer relationships and streamlined regulatory compliance. Focused on the food and beverage, life sciences, chemicals, metals and natural products industries and implemented by more than 1,200 customer companies worldwide, the company's family of Internet-architected solutions is a comprehensive, modular suite that spans the enterprise, from manufacturing, financials and supply chain management to customer relationship management, performance management and regulatory compliance. For more information, visit www.rossinc.com.
About chinadotcom corporation
chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA; Website: www.corp.china.com) is a leading integrated enterprise software and mobile applications company focused on China and internationally. The company has approximately 1,800 employees with operations in over 14 countries.
CDC Software, a wholly owned subsidiary, is focused on providing Enterprise Resource Planning ("ERP") software and solutions in China, as well as internationally. The company provides mission critical Supply Chain Management ("SCM") software for multinationals and large enterprises. It also provides a comprehensive suite of Customer Relationship Management ("CRM") products focused on mid-sized enterprises through its subsidiary Pivotal Corporation. It also owns Human Resource & Payroll ("HRP") solutions, a comprehensive human resources management solutions for the Greater China market, and Executive Suite, a sophisticated Business Intelligence ("BI") tool with advanced financial analytics functionality based on Microsoft technology. In addition, the company has established strategic partnerships with leading international software vendors to localize and resell their software products throughout the Asia Pacific region. It currently has over 3,500 enterprise customers in China and internationally.
For more information about chinadotcom corporation and CDC Software, please visit the website www.corp.china.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and includes statements relating to results achieved by Gehl's Guernsey Farms based on its utilization of Ross Systems iRenaissance solution. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward looking statements include, the need to develop, integrate and deploy applications to meet customer's requirements, the possibility of development or deployment difficulties or delays, the dependence on customer satisfaction with Ross' enterprise software solutions, continued commitment to the deployment of the solution, and the ability of staff to utilize the enterprise software to achieve the customer's expectations. Further information on risks or other factors that could cause results to differ are detailed in filings or submissions with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission made by our parent, chinadotcom corporation, including its Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2003 on Form 20-F/A filed on July 8, 2004. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to management as of the date of the press release, and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward looking statements which speak only as of the date of this press release. The company assumes no obligation to update or alter the forward looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
For More Information