Plano, TX (PRWEB) September 2, 2004
RenÃ© Furterer USA, an Azusa, CA-based hair care products firm, has signed a multi-year agreement with PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), a global provider of integrated business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions, to manage and fulfill orders through the Internet from the clientÂs national sales staff and its customers. RenÃ© Furterer, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pierre Fabre Dermocosmetique France, which in turn is part of the Pierre Fabre Group based in Paris, is dedicated to the care, improvement and beautification of hair. Rene Furterer has been established in the United States for more than 15 years.
RenÃ© Furterer Hair Care consists of more than 50 products specifically formulated for each type of hair and scalp. This global brand is Pierre FabreÂs entry into the U.S. markets along with such other brands as KloraneÂ and AveneÂ. Its customer structure consists of high-end salons and spas Â either directly or through specialized distributors Â as well as select department stores such as BloomingdaleÂs and Sephora.
ÂUnder terms of the agreement, PFSweb will provide warehousing and inventory management, fulfillment and transportation management, order fulfillment and returns management, invoicing/credit management and information technology support, including use of PFSwebÂs EntenteOrderSM Management System,Â said Bruce McClung, a PFSweb partner and vice president-Sales. ÂWe expect to complete our implementation during the next several months and be ready to go live during the December 2004 quarter.Â
ÂOur brand operated and was previously supported as part of another product line, requiring a complete new infrastructure solution when that line was sold,Â explained Andre Pieters, president and CEO of RenÃ© Furterer.
ÂPersonnel from RenÃ© Furterer and the Pierre Fabre Group conducted extensive due diligence with multiple visits to PFSwebÂs Plano headquarters and Memphis facilities,Â added Julie Matrat, Special Project Management for the West Coast firm. ÂWe were seeking a partner who would be able to provide us a full range of integrated solutions related to the logistics of our business and the management of our credit collection.
ÂOur visits to PFSweb and its competitors convinced us that PFSweb was the highest quality logistics solutions provider,Â Matrat continued. ÂWe were impressed by the state-of-the-art technology employed by PFSweb in its warehouse, the cleanliness of the environment and the accuracy with which its employees perform their work.Â
ÂPFSweb is a fully integrated logistics service provider operating a very sophisticated IT system that will enable us to get real-time, detailed reports of our sales activity,Â Pieters emphasized. ÂWe also selected PFSweb for its historic experience in the cosmetics industry, as well as its experience in the retail picking business.
ÂThe fact that PFSweb has been entrusted by other leading international brands also was a guarantee for us of its expertise,Â he said. ÂPFSwebÂs added ability to provide reporting and such financial services as invoicing, billing and credit collection management, offers our company the opportunity to focus on our core business as a sales and marketing organization.Â
ÂThis elite brand is an exciting addition to our client list,Â said Mark Layton, senior partner and chief executive officer of PFSweb. ÂWe believe our full service offering and industry experience will enhance RenÃ© FurtererÂs growth strategy of penetrating additional retail and beauty outlets, spas, salons and department stores."
Known as the Âbrand behind the brand,Â PFSweb provides seamless, transparent, Âbest-in-classÂ supply-chain efficiencies and management for its Fortune 500 and Global 1000 clients. PFSweb currently warehouses, manages and fulfills more than $1 billion annually in merchandise and transactions from its distribution facilities in Memphis, Toronto, Canada and LiÃ¨ge, Belgium.
About Rene Furterer USA:
Company founder RenÃ© Furterer has dedicated 30 years of his life to hair care, joining forces with Pierre Fabre Laboratories in 1979 and benefiting from leading research and scientific development at the pharmaceutical company. RenÃ© Furterer Hair Care consists of a line of 50 products formulated from plant extracts and essential oils. Additional product and other information can be found at http://www.ReneFurterer.com
(Information provided by Rene Furterer USA)
Corporate contacts: Andre Pieters, President & CEO, 1055 W. 8th St., Azusa, Calif., 91702; 626-804-0107; or Julie Matrat, Special Project Management, 626-334-3395, Ext. 1-324
About PFSweb, Inc.
PFSwebÂs comprehensive outsourcing solutions provide proven, fast and secure business infrastructure to enable traditional and e-commerce strategies. PFSweb solutions include: professional consulting services, e-marketplace logistics, order management, web-enabled customer contact centers, customer relationship management, international distribution and fulfillment services, reverse logistics, billing and collection services, kitting and assembly services and ERP information interfacing utilizing its Entente SuiteSM.
PFSweb develops and deploys integrated business infrastructure solutions and fulfillment services for Fortune 1000, Global 2000 and brand name companies, including third party logistics, call center support and e-commerce services. The company serves such notable clients
as Brillian Corporation, CHiAÂSSO Dupont Fluoroproducts, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, NokiaUSA.com, Pfizer, Inc., Raytheon Aircraft Company, Roots Canada, Shell Energy Services Company, Smithsonian Institution, Xerox and other brand name companies.
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