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SIGG USA bolsters green practice with CenterStone's iVendix

Online 24/7 B2B ordering capability easier for retailers; reduces printed sales collateral
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Stamford, Conn., and Denver, Colo. - CenterStone Technologies, Inc., an international developer of Web-based sales order management software for manufacturers selling through specialty retail distribution channels, today announced that SIGG USA of Stamford has selected the company's iVendix software application. iVendix will provide SIGG with a business-to-business (B2B) online ordering solution for their retail dealers and sales reps. When SIGG goes “live” on the application, dealers and sales reps will be able to view automated catalogs, check on the availability of product, place orders, and track and monitor the status of those orders using iVendix because it is accessible 24/7 via the Web.

“Since SIGG first landed on the North American continent from Switzerland we have been focused on serving our customers in the specialty retail community. We have also focused on being a responsible steward of the environment in the manner in which we conduct our business. CenterStone provides a solution that allows us to do both. To support these two business objectives the company needs a reliable B2B ordering tool,” said Steve Wasik, president of SIGG USA.

“A proven solution is one that retailers will quickly adopt, and in specialty retail CenterStone has become the industry standard. With thousands of retailers currently using their Web-based application, we are confident that SIGG dealers will also quickly embrace CenterStone's solution. Because it is internet-enabled, our dealers will be able to spend more time on their shop floors with their customers and still be able to conduct business with SIGG after normal, retail business hours. Having the best products has always been an important tradition at SIGG, but being easy to do business with, will also help set the SIGG brand apart, which will contribute to the ongoing success of our specialty dealers. We expect that our new B2B solution will also limit the exchange of paper documents with our dealers and sales reps and will allow SIGG to conduct business in a paperless manner by reducing the need for faxes, worksheets and catalogs, which reinforces SIGG's commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Wasik.

“We are honored that such a legendary Swiss brand has selected CenterStone for their B2B solution here in North America. Steve Wasik and the management team at SIGG understand the importance of this initiative in helping them maintain their category leadership position. SIGG has a long-standing tradition of providing superior customer service to their specialty retail community, and SIGG has a well-deserved reputation for the unrivalled quality of their products. They have built the brand upon these core competencies. B2B software development is CenterStone's core competency, and we are pleased that SIGG recognizes this,” said Tom Detmer, president of CenterStone Technologies.

“We interact with hundreds of specialty retailers every day, and they are outspoken about wanting to conduct business at their convenience, and they spend more of their open-to-buy dollars with vendors who have online ordering solutions like CenterStone's. We are confident that SIGG's decision to partner with CenterStone will contribute to the growth of their brand in specialty retail,” Detmer said.

Brands currently using CenterStone's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform and make the company's other solutions available to retail customers and sales reps include: The North Face, JanSport, Vans, Reef and VF Imagewear, part of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC); Pearl Izumi, a division of Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS); Marmot Mountain, Ex Officio and Marker Apparel, brands of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH); Under Armour (NYSE: UA); Helly Hansen; Perry Ellis Intl. (NASDAQ: PERY); Geneva Watch Group; Cleveland Golf, and Fidra Golf, part of Quiksilver, (NYSE: ZQK); SmartWool, a division of Timberland (NYSE: TBL); RipCurl; Billabong; Sport Obermeyer; Smith Optics; KHS Bicycles; Dale of Norway; O'Neill Clothing; Hot Chillys; Petzl; Sole Technology; Icebreaker; Four Star Distribution; Buck Knives; Fresh Produce Sportswear; Yakima Products; Patagonia Europe; The Orvis Company and others.

About SIGG USA

Founded in Switzerland in 1908, the company's U.S. subsidiary has been based in Stamford, Connecticut since 2005. SIGG USA is the marketer and distributor of the legendary, eco-friendly, reusable Swiss water bottle, the world's toughest water bottle. Swiss quality that is durable, hygienic and customizable. Choose from over 100 unique bottle designs. For additional information about SIGG, please visit us at www.SIGG.com or contact Mark Tedeschi at TrueNorth PR at 781.740.4050 or mark@truenorthpr.com.

About CenterStone Technologies, Inc.

CenterStone Technologies, Inc. operates a multi-tenant, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform and provides Web-based sales order management applications in six languages and local currencies in North America and Europe with widespread adoption by specialty retailers and sales reps. CenterStone's e-commerce solutions are on track to process more than $1.2 billion dollars in wholesale transactions in 2007. CenterStone makes vendors more competitive by driving revenue growth, providing increased inventory turns at retail, reduced customer service costs, and greater speed to market, thus improving relationships with their customers--retail dealers. Additional information about CenterStone Technologies, Inc., based in Denver, Colo., with offices in San Diego, Calif., and Paris, France, can be found on the company's Web site at www.centerstonetech.com or contacting Pat Smith at OnTarget Public Relations, 303.333.1516 or pat@ontargetpr.net.

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