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Macintosh Retail Group Delivers Cross-channel Strategy With Progress Pacific PaaS Platform

Progress (NASDAQ:PRGS) today announced that Macintosh Retail Group (Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange), a large-scale retailer in the lifestyle and fashion sector will deploy the Progress® Pacific™ platform-as-a-service (PaaS) as part of modernization of its key systems to facilitate for its customers - across all channels - the same seamless brand experience. The Netherlands-based retailer is the first major global company to deploy the technology introduced earlier in August.

Macintosh Retail Group (MRG) with powerful retail and product brands has a nationwide coverage in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and United Kingdom under the Brantano, Dolcis, Jones Bootmaker, Manfield, Invito, Scapino, PRO 0031, Steve Madden, Intreza and Kwantum names (approximately 1,000 stores). Specific to MRG is its cross-channel approach to clients by combining offline and online retail concepts with strong supply chain management and excellent back-office facilities and systems. Ordinarily MRG’s customer centric cross-channel approach would require an overhaul of almost all existing ICT systems, such as ERP (enterprise resource planning), point of sale, logistics and the website’s back-end systems, none of which had been originally designed with cross-channel capabilities. However, MRG opted instead to modernize its existing ERP system using the Progress Pacific platform, comprised of Progress Rollbase ®, Progress OpenEdge ® 11.3, Progress OpenEdge BPM and Progress Corticon ® products, for faster time-to-market and to avoid the risk of a complete rebuild.

This modernization project will be completed by working closely with Progress professional service teams and an offshore development team. Using its OpenEdge application development, OpenEdge BPM and Progress Corticon solutions for business process and business rules management, Progress will be able to upgrade the existing ERP system, enabling it to seamlessly connect the physical stores, online shops and marketplaces with the back-office, customer service and warehouse in real-time. As a result the Progress Pacific Platform - hosted in a private cloud - will allow, MRG to provide the customer with a unified experience across all channels.

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