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Giant Eagle, a US grocery chain, has commissioned global retail solutions provider, Aldata, to implement its G.O.L.D. product, merchandising and replenishment management systems across the whole organisation. Giant Eagle will begin deploying G.O.L.D. immediately and the first phase of implementation is planned to be completed by the second quarter 2006.

"Our reasons for selecting Aldata G.O.L.D. were two-fold: the results of an extensive comparison between systems and technologies and Aldata's proven references as a global software supplier to daily goods chains. The comprehensive and rich functional coverage of G.O.L.D. in tandem with Aldata's deep understanding of our needs in the very competitive daily goods sector were the major deciding factors. It is critical for Giant Eagle that our software supplier understands our business environment, our challenges and our strategy for our success today and for our future growth", states Russell G. Ross, Chief Information Officer of Giant Eagle, Inc.

Neil Thall, CEO of Aldata Inc, U.S., adds: "We are looking forward to working together with Giant Eagle, one of the most innovative US grocery retailers, and to support them in further strengthening their competitiveness and business efficiency."

"This agreement increases the momentum of our drive into the US and further strengthens our position in the U.S. It also shows that by focusing on the retail segment we have a clear competitive edge against large and diversified software vendors.", concludes Rene Homeyer, President and CEO of Aldata Solution Oyj.

BearingPoint, Inc., Aldata's certified systems integration partner, participated in the negotiations and has received a separate order from Giant Eagle, Inc. for associated implementation services. Aldata will deliver development services related to the G.O.L.D. system until the roll out of the software.

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