Aldata to supply G.O.L.D. to Musgrave

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Aldata has signed a contract with the Musgrave Group for the supply and implementation of the Aldata G.O.L.D. supply chain management software. The project will begin immediately and will result in the implementation of G.O.L.D. Central for trading functions within the Group and G.O.L.D. Shop for store back-office functions.

Musgrave's decision to adopt the G.O.L.D. software is part of an overall Group strategy to upgrade and develop the existing IT infrastructure, in order to support future business growth.

"Our choice of Aldata G.O.L.D. was based upon extensive research and comparisons of software packages available in the market today. Aldata G.O.L.D.'s technological architecture and scalability and its use by major global retailers were decisive for us. The flexibility and comprehensive nature of the G.O.L.D. base product processes will enable the Musgrave Group to implement the solution quickly and effectively. The advanced features in Aldata's solution such as its very economical web-based architecture as well as its proven scalability will also ensure support for the future needs of our businesses'' states Ken Byrne, Group I.T. Director of the Musgrave Group. "We are delighted to be working with the Musgrave Group on this significant project, and look forward to supporting them to deliver ever improving services to their customers" states Mark Croxton, Managing Director of Aldata Solution UK Ltd. Matti Hietala, CEO and President of Aldata Solution Oyj:

"This agreement with the Musgrave Group, a major European retailer, is a significant strategic step for Aldata in the UK and Ireland. It further strengthens our position in this fast growing market."

With group sales of 3.8 billion euro in 2004, the Musgrave Group, a private Irish company, is one of Ireland's largest food and grocery distributors. The company operates an island-wide distribution and support network for independent supermarket owners and franchises the SuperValu and Centra retail outlets. The Group also manages the country's leading cash & carry operation as well as an extensive foodservices business. In the UK, the Musgrave Group operates the Budgens and Londis supermarket and convenience store chains. It also has wholesale and retail distribution operations in Spain with its Dialsur subsidiary. The Musgrave Group employs ca. 40,000 direct and indirect staff, ca. 24,000 of that figure in the Republic of Ireland.

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