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Tommy Hilfiger Chooses IBM and Linux for e-business Infrastructure

Dec 06, 2001, 09:41 (11 Talkback[s])

ARMONK, NY, December 5, 2001 -- IBM today announced that Tommy Hilfiger Corporation has chosen IBM, eOneGroup and Linux for its new e-business infrastructure as the company works to expand its presence among thousands of U.S. specialty retailers, as well as its worldwide manufacturing facilities and employees.

Tommy Hilfiger selected technologies from IBM, including IBM eServer products running Linux, DB2 Universal Database, Java and eOneGroup's suite of software products to create:

A new B2B portal (www.tommyb2b.com) that allows Tommy Hilfiger's specialty retailers and salesforce to view, via the web, selected core and seasonal apparel products such as jeans and other basic available inventory in real-time, and place, track and ship orders; A business-to-plant website that links Tommy Hilfiger's production facilities around the world, which is expected to speed design-to-product time and significantly decrease costs; and A virtual employee store that allows, for the first time, Tommy Hilfiger personnel to shop online around the clock.

The web infrastructure, designed and built by IBM Business Partner eOneGroup, includes IBM eServer xSeries servers running Linux to handle web-based transactions, integrated online with IBM eServer iSeries servers running Java that are tied to existing wholesale and warehouse management systems.

"We identified an increasing demand for our products among mid-market specialty retailers, and IBM and eOneGroup delivered the technologies and expertise we needed to reach this growing market segment," said Brent Findon, vice president of system development at Tommy Hilfiger. "In addition, by integrating these new web portals with our existing back-end systems, we saved significantly on the time and expense of deploying this total infrastructure."

"IBM's server interoperability and application flexibility enabled us to reach Tommy Hilfiger's goals of lower costs and increased revenue," said Dan Watson, president of eOneGroup. "The manufacturing portal and employee store are expected to produce substantial cost savings and tommyb2b.com has already proved productive and efficient for specialty store retailers with limited travel budgets."

"Tommy Hilfiger needed a solution that provided the performance and reliability necessary to win in the tough retail marketplace," said Buell Duncan, general manager of IBM's mid-market servers. "With our IBM Business Partner eOneGroup, we are committed to helping Tommy Hilfiger grow into new markets with its powerful e-business infrastructure."

About Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, through its subsidiaries, designs, sources and markets men's and women's sportswear, jeanswear and childrenswear under the Tommy Hilfiger trademarks. Through a range of strategic licensing agreements, the company also offers a broad array of related apparel, accessories, footwear, fragrance and home furnishings. The company's products can be found in leading department and specialty stores throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Japan, Hong Kong and other countries in the Far East.

About eOne Group
eOneGroup LLC is a provider of Internet e-commerce products and integration services. eOneGroup serves both business-to-business and business-to-consumers throughout the United States. Their expertise encompasses all facets of the interactive web content arena, from feature-rich online shopping applications to enterprise-level web integration. eOneGroup LLC customers include Omaha Steaks, BIC Pens, Valmont MicroFlect and many other high Internet volume activity sites. eOneGroup LLC has headquarters in Omaha, Neb.