QRS Corporation (Nasdaq: QRSI), a leading worldwide provider of collaborative business-to business e-commerce solutions for the retail industry, announced today that H.E. Butt Grocery Company, San Antonio, Texas, has chosen QRS to deliver grocery and consumer packaged goods product data including NutriFacts, ingredients, product attributes and high-resolution images with its QRS Catalog Data Services and Digital Photography Services. QRS Catalog Services will deliver updated product data from suppliers to H.E. Butt.

"For more than 12 years the retail industry has relied on QRS to collect, maintain and deliver accurate and up-to-date information," said Jerry Campbell, vice president and general manager of content services for QRS.

"Capturing this amount and type of data themselves would have cost H.E. Butt millions of dollars. By QRS taking an innovative approach to data acquisition, we are delivering accurate data and high-quality images for a fraction of that cost."

In order to expedite the process of capturing the data, the QRS Digital Photography Group worked on site at an H.E. Butt store, eliminating the need for H.E. Butt to collect and ship sample products to a remote studio for photographing. QRS photographed nearly every product in the store and captured product data from the packages at a rate of 1,000 SKUs a day.

Product data includes up to 250 associated attributes, such as ingredients, NutriFacts, dietary descriptions, container type, recycle type, religious approvals and consumer package information. The QRS Enabling Services team worked with H.E. Butt suppliers to gather and cleanse data such as weight, size and other relevant information. Data is delivered within 72 hours via QRS Catalog Data Services. QRS Catalog Data Services are:
  • Designed for easy integration with a trading partner's order management system for batch or real-time data synchronization.

  • Able to process item changes, new item information, and primary and secondary promotional information including promotional conditions for both warehouse and direct store delivery.

  • Fully integrated with QRS Content Acquisition Services to feed product images and other collected product data into the catalog for immediate access by its clients.
Support for qXML(TM), a QRS implementation of the extensible Markup Language (XML) for the exchange of product information in the retail industry, enables dynamic content updating and rapid web development, reducing data maintenance and web development costs. The catalog supports
all XML standards including UCCnetsm initiatives.

QRS Catalog Data Services is the retail industry's most comprehensive, single-source product information electronic catalog with over 80 million active items. Twenty-four hours a day seven days a week, vendors and retailers update and access the database in real-time, through batch EDI data updates and via the Internet. QRS provides 14 different compliance checks, and vendors can configure checks and set up automated compliance audits to fit their needs. Set-up changes are made online and implemented the same day. Through content syndication, QRS provides product information delivered seamlessly via a batch, browser, FTP, or real-time interface with
the QRS Catalog Data Services consumer products database.

The QRS Digital Photography Group is a leading provider of image content solutions to the global e-commerce industry. QRS provides digital photography for retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, eRetailers, and web service providers.

About QRS

QRS is a leading worldwide provider of collaborative business-to-business e-commerce solutions. Through the QRS Retail Network -- a strategic network solution -- QRS delivers an integrated suite of technology and service platforms that enable secure and profitable relationships between businesses across the global supply chain for its more than 9,000 customers. For 12 years, QRS has been an innovator in the technological evolution of the retail industry, delivering long-term sustainable value through strong business practices, professional expertise and new standards for optimizing relationships along the global retail supply chain. With its
Tradeweave(TM) Marketplace Services, QRS provides a secure, efficient, neutral trading environment dedicated to meeting the needs of the retail industry. For additional information visit www.qrs.com.
Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties as discussed more fully in QRS Corporation's filings with the SEC, including its most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

NOTE: QRS is a registered trademark of QRS Corporation. qXML is a trademark of QRS Corporation. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

CONTACT: Maureen Collins of QRS Corporation, 978-283-9505, or
mcollins@qrs.com; or Nicole Peters of Stanton-Crenshaw Communications, 212-780-1800, ext. 563, or nicole@stanton-crenshaw.com, for QRS Corporation/09:15 EDT