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Date Posted: 3/16/2011

Longvie S. A. Selects Epicor(R) Next-Generation ERP

Leading Home Appliances Company in Argentina With Seven Different Manufacturing Lines Selects Epicor for Its Focus on Manufacturing, Its Usability and Deep Integration with Microsoft(R) Office
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA and IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - 03/14/11) - Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ:EPIC - News), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, today announced that Argentine company Longvie S. A. has selected the Epicor 9 next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Longvie S. A. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of home and kitchen appliances including ovens, burners, boilers, heaters and water heaters.

With 92 years in the Argentine market, Longvie S. A. exports to South America, the United States, Canada and Georgia. The company is well known for its focus on innovation and the quality of its products.

"We are a family business and have been listed on the stock exchange for 60 years. Today, we have more than 700 employees in three plants located in Villa Martelli, Entre Rios and Catamarca, and we offer the most manufacturing lines in Argentina serving this industry," said Eduardo Zimmermann, sales manager at Longvie S. A. "For more than 10 years we have been working with disparate technology platforms -- the first one based on IBM AS400, and the second one on Microsoft SQL and Visual Basic -- and we develop and manage interfaces in order to communicate between the two platforms. In addition, we are also working with another system for MRP as our production platform. With Epicor ERP we will gain an integrated and robust enterprise solution, with the specific functionality required to meet our business needs."

Using different technology platforms, Longvie S. A. was challenged with static interfaces that duplicated information and generated obstacles that needed to be fixed. Zimmerman continued, "We made internal upgrades, and implemented new technology as it became available; but we were still unable to integrate all of the platforms. We had information available, but getting to that information required significant efforts in maintenance and upgrades. Likewise, the information lacked consistency -- in some cases the information was good, but it also had weaknesses."

After evaluating five different ERP providers, Longvie S. A. selected Epicor based on its modern technology, flexibility and integrated platform.

"Epicor ERP characteristics including its ease of use, integration with Microsoft Office, and its strengths in manufacturing were key in our decision. We were also interested in Epicor's tax engine system, it was very important for us to find an adequate solution to handle the complex tax requirements that we have in Argentina. Epicor has a powerful tax engine, which is a great differentiator from their competitors," commented Zimmerman.

Among some of the other reasons Longvie S. A. selected Epicor was the company's highly knowledgeable and professional team of ERP experts. "Epicor gave us confidence, responding to our needs and to the set of criteria we required in the evaluation meetings," said Zimmermann.

After selecting Epicor as their business partner, Longvie S.A. is now preparing to begin implementation in March and is looking forward to the business benefits of Epicor ERP.

"With Epicor we expect to significantly increase productivity by giving employees in all of our plants access to the same information," said Zimmerman. "For Longvie S.A. it will be important to be able to run processes continuously and in less time; with Epicor we expect to be able to run MRP every 20 minutes, instead of once a month. This will optimize raw materials stock, finished goods, and products that are in production, while also helping us to be more efficient in the shipment and sale of product, without sacrificing customer service."

Longvie S. A. plans to implement approximately 95% of the functionality available in Epicor ERP, and expects to have between 130 and 150 users.

"The commitment of our team is fundamental to making this project a success; we have an excellent internal team working to make this a success and to ensure we reach all of the objectives that we have set together with Epicor," concluded Zimmermann.

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), human capital management (HCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. Founded in 1984, Epicor takes pride in more than 25 years of technology innovation delivering business solutions that provide the scalability and flexibility businesses need to build competitive advantage. Epicor provides a comprehensive range of services with a single point of accountability that promotes rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership, whether operating business on a local, regional or global scale. The Company's worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter:

Epicor is a registered trademark of Epicor Software Corporation. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.


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