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ARCO Products Chooses Petrolsoft to Manage High-Volume Gasoline and Diesel Supply Chain.

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 1998--

Petrolsoft's Proven Technology Will Result in More Efficient

Operations and Better Service for ARCO Dealers

Petrolsoft Corp., the world's leading provider of integrated supply chain management (SCM) systems for the retail petroleum industry, today announced that ARCO Products Co. has selected Petrolsoft's technology to manage gasoline and diesel fuel supply to its more than 1,700 retail outlets in six Western states in which it operates.

"Supply," Petrolsoft's automated inventory management and scheduling software, will first be implemented throughout ARCO's company-owned sites to demonstrate success before rolling it out to the company's franchised sites.

Petrolsoft's "Supply" will automate ARCO's existing internally developed system for store-owned sites and manual ordering system for franchisees, resulting in a fully-integrated retail supply chain management system. ARCO will utilize both the scheduling and ordering components of "Supply." "Supply" standardizes ARCO's downstream supply chain practices with a single system without compromising the company's ability to handle its high-volume business processes.

"Supply" gives ARCO the power to forecast customer demand and optimally schedule the distribution of petroleum product. With "Supply," ARCO has the power to estimate demand for its fuel products on a daily basis. The switch to Petrolsoft will also result in a significant reduction in inventory and secondary transportation costs for ARCO.

"ARCO is one of the highest-volume petroleum marketing companies in the industry today," said David Gamboa, president of Petrolsoft Corp. "Petrolsoft's technology was designed to handle the demands of a high-volume market, and ARCO will realize the benefits of such a robust supply chain management system almost immediately upon installation."

Supporting ARCO's motor fuel supply logistics process, "Supply" combines state-of-the art technology with an easy to use interface. "Supply's" client-server architecture includes a Windows-based GUI, resulting in an easy-to-use environment for bulk petroleum distribution. "Supply" will interface with ARCO's enterprise resource planning (ERP) and pricing systems to form a fully integrated information technology solution.

"Petrolsoft is providing ARCO with a fully-integrated system that results in increased efficiency, fewer retained loads and fewer run-outs," said Robert Hamm, distribution manager for ARCO. "Overall, this technology allows us to provide even better service to our retail network, helping our franchisees run their business more efficiently."

"Supply" allows a supplier to provide better customer service and ensure product availability for consumers. Consisting of two related algorithms that work independently or together, "Supply" forms the most advanced automatic stock replenishment and truck scheduling system for bulk, surface petroleum supply and distribution. Every day, "Supply" gathers sales and inventory data from station sites and automatically generates future orders with balanced quantities and suggested time of delivery. "Supply's" scheduling module insures low cost distribution by efficiently utilizing both proprietary and third party transportation assets.

ARCO Products Co. is the marketing, refining, and transportation division of ARCO (NYSE:ARC), based in Los Angeles. ARCO Products has more than 1,700 retail outlets, including more than 950 am/pm convenience stores which also sell gasoline, in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

Headquartered in San Diego, Petrolsoft Corp. is the leading provider of integrated supply chain management systems for the retail petroleum industry. Founded in 1989 at Stanford University, Petrolsoft has grown into the most successful and profitable private software and consulting firm for retail motor fuel distribution. Focusing exclusively on the supply and distribution of bulk refined fuel products including motor gasoline, distillates, kerosene and jet fuel, there are four basic types of customers for Petrolsoft technology: integrated oil companies, oil refiners, oil marketers and oil carriers.

Current customers include Tosco Marketing Co., Mobil US Refining & Marketing, Marathon Ashland LLC, Amoco Products Co., Sun Refining & Marketing USA (Sunoco), Sunoco Inc. (Canada), Chevron Canada Limited, Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, Getty Petroleum Corp., YPF SA (Argentina) and AMPOL/Caltex (Australia). For more information on Petrolsoft and its technology, visit www.petrolsoft.com.
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