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Jones Apparel Group, Inc. Enhances Merchandising Process With QRS

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RICHMOND, Calif., Dec. 6 -- QRS Corporation (Nasdaq: QRSI), the market leader in supply-chain management and e-commerce solutions for the retail industry, announced today that Jones Apparel Group, Inc. (NYSE: JNY), a leading designer and marketer of branded apparel, footwear and accessories in the United States, has implemented QRS' Tradeweave(TM) Collaborative Merchandising to enhance its merchandising process and work more effectively with its retail customers. The Tradeweave Collaborative Merchandising application enables general merchandise and apparel vendors to efficiently manage the merchandising and selling processes, reduce time-to-market and enhance revenue growth.

"Managing the complexities of supply and demand is vital to profitability," said Paul Lanham, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Jones Apparel Group. "Today's vendors must have the ability to quickly respond to rapidly changing customer demand to leverage trend opportunities and make informed decisions about goods that affect the bottom line. We chose QRS'Tradeweave Collaborative Merchandising to quickly and efficiently manage our merchandising and sales process and enhance our communication with our retailer trading partners."

QRS worked directly with customers such as Jones Apparel Group in developing the Tradeweave Collaborative Merchandising solution to ensure that the application would meet customers' critical merchandising needs. The application enables vendors to create styles, develop line lists and buy plans, and build customer assortment plans and orders via the Web. As a result, vendors can speed products to market, effectively manage supply and demand and enhance revenue growth.

"QRS has provided core supply chain solutions to the retail industry for more than 13 years," said Liz Fetter, president and chief executive officer for QRS. "Working with customers such as Jones Apparel Group enables QRS to refine our offerings to meet critical customer requirements, and ensures the application complements and enhances the way retailers and vendors do business. QRS' Tradeweave Collaborative Merchandising streamlines the retail business process and establishes a new level of trading partner communication."

Fully integrated into QRS' Tradeweave Retail Network, Tradeweave Collaborative Merchandising shares the same information architecture as companion applications including Tradeweave Sourcing. Tradeweave Collaborative Merchandising also adheres to industry standards for easy migration and integration with enterprise systems.

About Jones Apparel Group

Jones Apparel Group, Inc. (www.jny.com) is a leading designer and marketer of branded apparel, footwear and accessories. The Company's nationally recognized brands include: Jones New York; Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Ralph by Ralph Lauren, and Polo Jeans Company, which are licensed from Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation; Evan-Picone, Rena Rowan, Norton McNaughton, Erika, Energie, Currants, Jamie Scott, Todd Oldham, Nine West, Easy Spirit, EnzoAngiolini, Bandolino, Napier and Judith Jack. The Company also markets costume jewelry under the Tommy Hilfiger brand licensed from Tommy Hilfiger Corporation and the Givenchy brand licensed from Givenchy Corporation. Celebrating more than 30 years of service, the Company has built a reputation for excellence in product quality and value, and in operational execution.

About QRS

QRS Corporation is the leading provider of supply-chain management and e-commerce solutions for the retail industry. For 13 years QRS has helped its 4,000 customers increase revenues, decrease costs and reduce product cycle times. QRS' Tradeweave(TM) Retail Network -- an integrated suite of applications, business intelligence and messaging services -- enables secure and profitable relationships among retailers, manufacturers and their trading partners. Dedicated solely to the retail industry, QRS has enabled more than 100,000 partnerships giving retailers and manufacturers a better way to plan, source, buy and sell, finance, track, price, merchandise and replenish products.

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