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A&P Completes Supply Chain/Business Process Initiative

IBM and Retek Deliver Enterprise Merchandising Solutions

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ARMONK, N.Y. & MINNEAPOLIS - 27 Mar 2003: IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Retek Inc. (Nasdaq:RETK) announced today that the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) has completed its initiative to develop a state-of-the-art supply chain and business process infrastructure. The combined team from A&P, IBM and Retek has upgraded processes and business systems related to the flow of information and products between A&P-operated offices, distribution centers and stores; and between the company and its suppliers.

"We now have in place the critical platform that will enable us to manage our entire grocery business with state-of-the-art category management tools and systems," said John Metzger, senior vice president and chief information officer of A&P. "We are now positioned to leverage our scale, lower operating costs, and enhance store product assortments throughout our U.S. and Canadian operation. I am proud of the efforts of all of the A&P associates who have contributed to the successful completion of this major initiative."

The Retek platform enables retailers to provide consumers with the right product, at the right place and time, in the right quantities and at the right price. With robust data warehousing capacity for category management and other grocery-specific functionality, Retek's merchandising solution significantly enhances the industry's capability. In addition, IBM has played an instrumental role throughout the A&P initiative, providing critical business transformation and integration services, as well as infrastructure technology.

"IBM and Retek have delivered a functionally strong and scalable solution to A&P," said Metzger. "We look forward to significant breakthroughs for our company, as we leverage these new tools to manage our business to greater levels of detail, improve our category management capability, and present a superior merchandise offering to our customers."

David Petiford, general manager, Global Retail Industry, IBM, said "This successful implementation is a great example of how leading retailers, such as A&P, can integrate advanced technology and services into business processes to fundamentally transform their business. The excellent teamwork between A&P, Retek and IBM has been the essential component of this successful implementation."

"A&P is an important client of Retek's," said Marty Leestma, president and chief executive officer with Retek. "Our work with A&P has led us to develop a solution which meets the unique needs of the grocery industry. We are proud to provide A&P with scalable, functionally rich software solutions to support their business renewal efforts."

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