Lumbermens Merchandising Corp., Activant Solutions extend, expand alliance for improving lumber sales technology, enhance offering to LMC members who purchase or upgrade Activant systems

LIVERMORE, California and WAYNE, Pennsylvania , February 14, 2011 (press release) – Industry leaders strengthen ties and work together to improve lumber sales technology

Activant Solutions Inc., a leading provider of lumber and building materials (LBM) business management solutions, and Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation (LMC) today announced that they have extended and expanded their marketing relationship. The new agreement improves the program offered to LMC members who purchase or upgrade their Activant systems, and invigorates the 20-year alliance between the two organizations.

With over 360 stockholder companies across the continental United States, Hawaii and the Bahamas, Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation is the leading buying group for lumber and building materials (LBM) in the United States. Activant is the premier provider of business management software solutions to independent lumberyards across North America. As part of the new agreement, these industry leaders will actively promote the Activant Eagle® system and the Activant Catalyst™ platform to LMC members.

"Over half of the current LMC members run their businesses on Activant solutions. Activant is pleased to improve an already successful relationship with an important industry partner," said Paul Salsgiver, executive vice president for Activant. "Activant and LMC are important forces in the LBM marketplace, and it is important that we work together to improve the way dealers manage their businesses."

LMC is committed to improving technology and the flow of information across the LBM supply chain. LMC's Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 820 initiative is designed to encourage the use of EDI technology to share remittance advice information across businesses. Activant has the technology and the industry relationships to help accelerate adoption of this program.

"LMC partners with industry leaders, such as Activant, to advance key initiatives and improve member services," said Dave Gonze, senior vice president of Finance and Technology for Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation. "We are working closely with Activant to advance the use of EDI and other technologies that improve efficiencies for our dealers and LMC while improving communications and lowering overall operating costs."

About Activant Solutions

Activant Solutions Inc. is a leading technology provider of business management solutions serving distributors and SMB retailers. Activant provides customers with industry-specific software, professional services, content, supply chain connectivity, and analytics.

Activant's systems are designed to help customers increase sales, boost productivity, operate more cost-efficiently, improve inventory turns and enhance trading partner relationships. Activant has operations in Texas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.activant.com.

About LMC

Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation (LMC) is the largest Forest Products and Building Materials Buying Group in the USA owned by independent lumberyard locations across 48 states plus the Bahamas. LMC dealers are united in their sole affiliation to one purchasing organization, creating a strong foundation that supports the growth of unique supplier relationships and purchasing opportunities. LMC Dealers are among the most competitive, progressive, and outstanding lumber dealers in the building industry. For more information, please visit www.lmc.net.

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