Maines Paper & Food Service Inks Alliance with Amphire Solutions

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Boise, ID, September 19th, 2002 — Maines Paper and Food Service has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Amphire Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of Internet-based, supply chain relationship management solutions for the foodservice industry.

“Amphire brings new efficient ways of doing business and managing critical data intelligently,” said Chris Mellon, president and CEO of Maines. “Amphire is the future of e-business, and we look forward to expanding our use of Amphire’s complete product set, taking full advantage of cost reductions and new business opportunities.”

Under this agreement, Maines has deployed Amphire Access TM , a customized storefront, to its independent restaurant and chain customers. Also under the agreement, Maines will use Amphire Connect TM to enable electronic communications with its entire supplier base. Maines will take advantage of Amphire’s existing agreements with over 100 foodservice industry suppliers signed and currently using the Amphire system transacting over $1.0 billion in orders this year.

“Amphire’s strategic relationship with Maines Paper and Food Service is very important to our company,” said Mark Barnekow, president and CEO of Amphire. “Maines has a strong vision for electronic commerce and has chosen Amphire after careful evaluation of our competitors. Amphire is the only technology provider with complete supply chain solutions for the industry and is most suitable to execute Maines’ e-strategy.”

About Maines Paper and Food Service

Maines Paper & Food Service is the 9th largest broadline foodservice distributor in the nation. Maines serves restaurants, hospitals, schools & universities, business & industry, camps, and multi-unit groups throughout the East Coast. Maines has over 14,000 products in categories such as dairy, cooler, frozen, dry, and chemical, produce, fresh poultry, fresh meat, beverage, and equipment & small wares. Since day one Maines has been committed to top quality service in all facets of its business. Its commitment continues today and into the future. Service and commitment to customer satisfaction has been the hallmark of Maines business since its start more that 79 years ago and it shall continue to propel them into the future. For more information, visit http://www.maines.net

About Amphire Solutions, Inc.

Amphire Solutions is the leader in Supply Chain Relationship Management solutions to unite suppliers, distributors and operators in replenishment-oriented supply chains. Amphire enables all industry trading partners to communicate and transact electronically, regardless of protocols or standards and without the use of expensive dedicated hardware and software. To date, Amphire has integrated over 100 suppliers to Amphire Connect and enabled 7,000 operators through 26 unique, distributor-branded storefronts. Amphire has processed more than $1.0 billion in order value so far this year. For more information about Amphire Solutions, please visit http://www.amphire.com

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