News - 10/30/2006

RO Writer selects WHI to e-enable their market leading Shop Management Solution.

WHI's Nexlink ecommerce module allows thousands of RO Writer users to place orders online with over 3000 parts distributors already integrated to the Nexpart Network.

White Plains, NY - October 30th, 2006 - WHI, a leading ebusiness solution provider to the wholesale distribution and retail markets, today announced it has partnered with Progressive Automotive Systems to provide ecommerce capability to it's leading Shop Management System; RO Writer.

"Progressive Automotive Systems mission is to provide leading-edge technology solutions that enhance automotive business opportunities and profit potential," said Paul Van Camp, Director of Sales of Progressive Automotive Systems, Inc. "Providing our customers the ability to integrate real time part pricing and availability into the repair order ticket writing process and the convenience of on line parts purchasing will increase their profitability and turn bays faster. Integrating with WHI's Nexlink allows us to improve our product and broaden our exposure in the automotive aftermarket and enhance our customer's experience."

Bryan Murphy, WHI's President and CEO said, "The RO Writer Product is one of the most innovative shop management solutions available in the market today and Progressive clearly understands that facilitating trading partner collaboration is the next big opportunity in distribution. The market wants application to application ebusiness integration and WHI and Progressive are committed to leadership roles for that initiative."

One of the fastest growing software companies in America, WHI provides solutions to over 1500 large and small companies in the Automotive, Hard goods and Electrical distribution markets, including over 21 Fortune 500 customers. WHI products and services are used in over 16,500 locations to increase their effectiveness and efficiency. Products are specialized for use by manufacturers, warehouse distributors, jobbers, and their customers. Investors in WHI, Inc. include Polaris Venture Partners, MidMark Capital, Goldman Sachs and Starboard Capital.

Progressive Automotive Systems - the developers of R.O.Writer™ - has been providing software solutions to the automotive aftermarket since 1989. As early as 1977, PAS provided consulting services for franchise automobile dealers. In the decades that followed, PAS has helped thousands of shop owners reach their true profit potential.

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