October 6, 2008

Leading Middle East Retailer M.H. Alshaya Deploys Aldata G.O.L.D.

Aldata Solution, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions to the retail industry, today announced that M.H. Alshaya Co., one of the major retail companies operating in the Middle East, has deployed Aldata G.O.L.D. Central, Shop and Mobile to manage supply chain operations for its new Dean & Deluca franchise. Alshaya, which also operates the Boots, Mothercare and Starbucks Coffee franchises in the Middle East, will open its first Dean & Deluca store in Kuwait before the end of 2008 and additional stores in Dubai and Qatar within a year.

"Alshaya selected Aldata G.O.L.D. for our Dean & Deluca rollout because of its rich functionality, superior technology and for Aldata's impressive track record supporting retailers especially in the grocery sector," said K. R. Narayanan, director solutions, Alshaya Group. "We will be optimizing our supply chain processes and centralizing procurement functions for the new stores with Aldata G.O.L.D."

Aldata and its Gulf Region partner, KOL Corporation FZ-LLC, collaborated to ensure a rapid Aldata G.O.L.D. implementation so that Alshaya would meet its aggressive store opening deadlines.

"Alshaya's accelerated store opening schedule provided another opportunity for us to get Aldata G.O.L.D. up and running in time to meet the business needs of our customers," said Dominique Chambas, SVP Sales EMEA, Aldata. "Once again, we were able to complete the deployment within six months."

Offering complete management of central head-office operations, G.O.L.D. Central enables the control, management and optimization of logistics and commercial flows and facilitates stock level management, pricing, ranges and assortments and replenishment. G.O.L.D. Shop complements G.O.L.D. Central with back office management, centralized POS management and business reporting for a complete in-store solution. G.O.L.D. Mobile is dedicated to mobile shop floor operations such as stock and item checking, store ordering, store receptions and helps to minimize out-of-stocks as well as empowering store associates to spend more time selling, servicing and building relationships with consumers.

Aldata 100% Retail-Wholesale

At Aldata 100% of our business is dedicated to retail and wholesale business improvement. We provide our customers with modern, flexible and integrated software solutions specifically designed to increase productivity, performance and profitability. With over 24,000 successful installations across 52 countries, from convenience store to hypermarket, 480+ live warehouses and customers with 5 to 5,000 outlets, we consistently deliver the goods for retail and wholesale business improvement. Aldata Solution is a public company quoted on the Helsinki Stock Exchange with the identifier ALD1V. More information at: www.aldata-solution.com.

About M.H. Alshaya Co.

M.H. Alshaya Co. is one of the leading retail companies operating in the Middle East, and is the franchisee for more than 40 international retailer brands including H&M, Starbucks Coffee, Mothercare, Debenhams, Boots, The Body Shop and Foot Locker. Based in Kuwait, Alshaya operates more than 1400 internationally branded stores across 16 countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia, Egypt and more recently Poland. This network of stores is supported by an integrated pan-regional infrastructure, incorporating best practice activities in Retail Operations, Merchandising, Marketing, IT, Logistics, Real Estate, Human Resources and Financial Control. Alshaya's Retail Division employs more than 14,000 employees from 37 nationalities.

About Kol Corp

KOL Corporation FZ-LLC is an information technology company that develops, customizes and implements business solutions and products across different business verticals and technologies. In its sixth year of operations, Kol has a team of over 65 people best defined as talented, enthusiastic, committed and driven. This team comprises of people with outstanding computer science and specialist business domain backgrounds.

KOL range of services includes ERP/SCM Implementation and Business Consultancy. Apart from development, customizations and implementation on Microsoft technology platform we do have expertise and major projects in other technologies and are involved in significant corporate projects.

KOL has served the technology needs of customers in industries across various domains. KOL's client list ranges from Government to Multinationals to Regional Corporate Powerhouses.