IMPRESS SOFTWARE, Inc., the worldwide market leader in ERP-integrated Business-to-Business eCommerce solutions, signed an agreement with Wolverine World Wide Inc., the maker of Hush Puppies shoes and slippers, Merrell outdoor footwear, Wolverine Boots & Shoes and other footwear, to connect the shoe manufacturer's internal business processes to the Internet. The move is part of Wolverine's strategy to increase market share, enhance customer service and minimize processing costs.

The IMPRESS/OIS (Online Information System) software enables companies such as Wolverine to connect its dealers to its SAP R/3 system via the Internet in order to streamline ordering and purchasing. The connection is part of Wolverine's initiatives in the booming eCommerce market, adding value by offering global, 24-hour ordering and tracking capabilities for dealers.

Wolverine uses the Apparel and Footwear Solution (AFS) of the world's most widely used ERP software, SAP R/3.

"With more than 25% of the SAP AFS market Web-enabled by IMPRESS/OIS, IMPRESS SOFTWARE has firmly established itself as the worldwide leader in B2B eCommerce for the apparel and footwear industry," said Marc Elmhorst, CEO of IMPRESS SOFTWARE. "Our deal with Wolverine World Wide confirms IMPRESS's leadership worldwide and in the United States."

IMPRESS will also connect Wolverine's Sun Unix system to the Internet. "The Sun connection highlights OIS's ability to hook up not only ERP systems but legacy systems as well," said Elmhorst.

"The companies that will be the winners in the future are those that can service their customers better than the competition," stated Tim O'Donovan, President and CEO of Wolverine World Wide. "We have been looking for a way to harness the combined power of SAP and the Internet to build a business-to-business bridge to our customer. We believe IMPRESS OIS will help us reach our goal. This package was selected due to its strong compatibility with SAP and because of its apparent flexibility, scalability and most importantly its security features. When complete, we believe we will have the ability to service and communicate not only with our large accounts, but with our long list of smaller dealers who otherwise could not support an EDI operation."

With the new connection, Wolverine dealers are expected to have round-the-clock access to product information and availability, order status and account information using simple browser technology. Wolverine plans to benefit from increased revenue potential and improved customer service through online information and ordering.

Wolverine's critical R/3 system is protected from outside manipulation by the IMPRESS/OIS server's replicated database and security mechanisms, preventing foreign manipulation of the R/3 system.

About Wolverine World Wide (

Wolverine World Wide, Inc., manufactures and markets a wide variety of branded footwear and performance leathers. Major branded products of the Company include: Bates® Uniform Footwear; Caterpillar® Footwear; Coleman® Footgear; Harley-Davidson® Footwear; Hush Puppies® shoes, slippers, and accessories; HYTEST® safety footwear; Merrell® performance outdoor footwear; Wolverine® work, sport and rugged outdoor footwear, apparel and accessories; and Wolverine® All Season Weather Leathers(TM). The Company's premier comfort technologies include: Air Paradise, Bounce®, Comfort Curve®, Wolverine DuraShocks® and DuraShocks Motion Control(TM), Wolverine Fusion(TM) and Zero-G(TM).


IMPRESS SOFTWARE, Inc., the worldwide market leader in Web-enabling ERP systems, covers all the bases companies need to survive and thrive in the rapidly changing world of eBusiness. Providing the most complete solution for extending ERP systems across the Internet, it has installed applications for more than 50 SAP customers worldwide, including adidas, BMW, DaimlerChrysler and Siemens. No other company offers both sales and procurement in one solution with the ability to connect to customers and suppliers via all available forms of communication, including connecting to multiple exchanges/eMarketplaces.

IMPRESS/OIS (Online Information System) is an open-platform software solution that Web-enables ERP and legacy systems, enabling companies to leverage their significant system investments while taking leadership positions in B2B, Business-to-Consumer and Business-to-Employee eCommerce. Only IMPRESS SOFTWARE can offer both buy and sell solutions. IMPRESS SOFTWARE also offers advanced security features to prevent unauthorized access to internal database information by partially duplicating master data and providing both a physical and logistical meta-layer.

With headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Hanover, Germany, IMPRESS SOFTWARE has stayed ahead of light-speed changes in eBusiness by anticipating and responding to companies' needs to communicate quickly and efficiently with customers and suppliers.

For further information, contact Patricia Hudson at IMPRESS SOFTWARE, Inc.

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