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Management Dynamics Acquires NextLinx

Landmark acquisition completes Global Trade Management

platform for importers, exporters, integrated carriers and logistics service providers

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, October 24, 2005 -- Management Dynamics, a leading provider of global trade management solutions, today announced that it has acquired NextLinx Corporation, the pioneering developer of international trade compliance technology and content. The acquisition combines the strengths of both organisations to offer a comprehensive portfolio of enterprise software and on-demand services, powered by industry-leading content, to plan, optimise and execute global trade operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.



Global Trade Management (GTM) is a category of supply chain software that enables companies to profitably implement global sourcing strategies and improve the efficiency of their value chains from supply to demand. Founded in 1994, NextLinx has established technology leadership in the GTM sector with innovative, enterprise software and integrated content solutions for Global 1000 enterprises. Today, NextLinx has over 70 customers worldwide, including industry leaders such as Boeing, Cisco Systems, Fairchild Semiconductor, FedEx, Panasonic, UPS and VF Corporation.



“NextLinx’s international trade compliance software and content perfectly complements our logistics contract management and supply chain visibility offerings to establish a complete GTM solution set,” said Jim Preuninger, CEO of Management Dynamics. “NextLinx has built an impressive business over the past ten years and we look forward to building on our leadership position in this growing market as we help our customers realise the full potential of the industry’s only complete and integrated GTM solution.”



The new suite of GTM solutions from Management Dynamics provides a unified technology platform that automates import, export, and trade agreement processes, optimises global transportation and inventory costs, and ensures that a company’s cross-border transactions are in compliance with all government regulations.



"NextLinx has improved its competitive position by joining with a well-established logistics suite vendor. Aberdeen expects NextLinx to continue delivering best-of-breed trade content and software under its new owner," said Beth Enslow, VP Enterprise Research, Aberdeen Group.  "Moreover, Management Dynamics brings years of experience in on-demand services, which should translate into increased deployment and functionality innovation."



NextLinx founder Rajiv Uppal has been a pioneer of the global trade automation movement for over two decades and has worked closely with many leading companies in defining their global trade strategies. In his new role as Chief Software Architect, Uppal will lead the overall strategy, product direction and development team for the combined company, to ensure synergies in technology, resources and product are achieved. “This is an exciting opportunity for the NextLinx family as I am convinced that the joint capabilities of our two companies present a powerfully compelling proposition to the market, and I look forward to executing on Management Dynamics’ mission to become the market leader in Global Trade Management,” said Rajiv Uppal, Chief Software Architect for Management Dynamics.



With the growth in international trade estimated by consulting firm McKinsey & Co. to reach $70 trillion by 2025, as well as increasingly complex trade security regulations, Management Dynamics’ GTM solutions offer a number of key advantages for enterprises looking to improve their global trade management capabilities:

Global transportation optimisation with multi-factor routing, door-door costing and delivery performance metrics

End-to-end workflow, documentation and integrated regulatory content to efficiently automate import, export and trade agreement programs

Complete order, shipment and in-transit inventory visibility and event management across all modes of transportation

The first total landed cost solution to include accurate freight costs, product costs, as well as import and export duties, taxes, rules of origin, preferential trade agreements and insurance costs

A regulatory database that houses up-to-date global trade content and international business rules for over 115 countries, covering more than 99 percent of world trade

On-demand tools for screening against government-issued denied persons lists and remaining compliant with homeland security initiatives

A pre-integrated worldwide supply chain network of over 500 trading partners

Extensive buy-side logistics contract management and freight audit tools

Automated logistics pricing and proposal automation tools for logistics service providers



“Companies must take a holistic perspective of Global Trade Management in order to achieve operational excellence and meet financial objectives in today’s increasingly global, complex, and risky business environment.  The value of global trade knowledge extends beyond import and export processes; it spans across all business functions, including strategic planning, sourcing, logistics, and finance,” said Adrian Gonzalez, Director, Logistics Executive Council of ARC Advisory Group. “By acquiring BridgePoint earlier this year and now NextLinx, Management Dynamics is strengthening its position in the market and providing a more complete global trade management solution."



About Management Dynamics, Inc.

Management Dynamics is a leading provider of global trade management solutions that improve the performance of global supply chains for importers, exporters, logistics service providers, and carriers. The company’s solutions synchronise the flow of information among trading partners, optimise supply chain execution decisions, and streamline import and export processes to ensure regulatory compliance and minimise cost and risk involved in cross-border transactions. Management Dynamics’ solutions are currently deployed to more than 13,000 global users at some of the world’s most successful 3PLs, carriers, manufacturers, retailers, and high technology companies. For more information, please visit www.ManagementDynamics.com or call +44 (0)1932 445220.



Media Contact:

Sara Norton

Management Dynamics

+44 (0)7917 323473

SaraNorton@ManagementDynamics.com



Management Dynamics, NextLinx and BridgePoint are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Management Dynamics, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective holders.

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120 Bridge Road Chertsey Surrey KT16 8LA
Telephone: +44 (0)1932 445220
Fax: +44 (0)1932 445221

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