Leading C-Store Operator Kwik Trip Extends Reverse Auction Technology Agreement with Category One

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Category One, a leading provider of reverse auction and eRFX services and technology, announced that Kwik Trip, Inc. has chosen their reverse auction platform to support the next two years of sourcing.

Category One provides us with supplier contacts, ideas and strategies that drive results year in and year out. We were comfortable extending our relationship through 2010.

Category One, a California Based provider of reverse auction and eRFX services and technology, announced that Kwik Trip, Inc. (Kwik Trip) has chosen the Category One reverse auction platform to support the next two years of sourcing. The announcement comes after two successful years of applying the Category One process in a range of commodities, including foodservice ingredients, packaging and store supplies. Kwik Trip took advantage of Category One's broad supplier database, reverse auction website, and category sourcing strategies to achieve double-digit savings on many items.

"Over the last two years, Category One has delivered their technology flawlessly with virtually no down time and great website performance. More importantly, we continue to see cost reductions in the items we run through the Category One Sourcing process," said Bob Thorud, Vice President at Kwik Trip. "Category One provides us with supplier contacts, ideas and strategies that drive results year in and year out. We were comfortable extending our relationship through 2010."

"Kwik Trip delivers a great experience to the convenience store customer. It is critical that their suppliers deliver high quality goods and services to protect that image. We are very excited to have supported Kwik Trip's efforts," said Michael Ereli, Vice President with Category One. "Kwik Trip is clearly a leader in applying online sourcing strategies, and they continue to reap the benefits of a clear sourcing process with measurable results."

About Kwik Trip, Inc.
Kwik Trip, Inc. is unique in the convenience store industry because they maintain total quality control over a wide variety of products by producing and packaging these items in their own state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to their corporate Support Center, which handles the administrative needs of their stores and co-workers, they have their own Bakery, Commissary, Dairy, Distribution Warehouse and Vehicle Maintenance divisions. In this way, they can effectively control costs and waste while supplying stores, and customers, with products and services of the highest quality, 365 days a year.

About Category One
Based near Los Angeles, Category One was formed in 2003 by Supply Chain and Technology Leaders to focus on delivering e-sourcing expertise to several verticals, including Grocery, Convenience, Logistics, and Food. Category One maintains thousands of vendor contacts in the verticals they support. The Category One technology is provided on a SaaS (Software as a Service) basis, on either a fully supported or self service basis. Virtually all of Category One's clients report a return on investment exceeding 2 or 3 times the cost of the service. Category One partners with IBXeurope, a leading European provider of eProcurement Technology. Contact Michael Ereli at mereli@cat-one.com.

http://www.kwiktrip.com
http://www.cat-one.com
http://www.ibxeurope.com

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