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Giorgio Armani Driving Business Value with Retek Store Systems; Armani Improving Retail Operations with Retek Through Wireless Hand-Held Deployment.

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Retek Inc. (Nasdaq:RETK) announced today that the retail operations of Giorgio Armani are expanding the use of Retek Store Systems (RSS), leveraging the solution to improve supply chain operations. Retek supports Armani operations 28 retail stores in the United States. Armani uses Retek Store Systems for store operations management, supporting critical store level activities including receiving, stock adjustments, transfers, return to vendor, ticketing and stock lookups. Retek Store Systems has been deployed throughout Armani's stores in a wireless environment, and is deployed onto handheld devices within the store.

"Providing our customers with high levels of service is very important," said Stephen Culver, Chief Information Officer with Giorgio Armani, US. "Retek has provided Armani with a strong store operations solution that enables real-time information to flow between the store and headquarters. With this information, we have been able to reduce inventory, improve labor management, and most importantly, improve customer service. We are excited about additional improvements in our supply chain area through the expanded use of Retek Store Systems."

Armani will expand the usage of RSS to facilitate more efficient supply chain operations. North American stores receive product from company headquarters in Milan, Italy. Armani will utilize advanced shipment notice (ASN) data to manage the shipment of product directly from the manufacturer to the store, eliminating the need for Armani's retail warehousing function. Armani is also using other Retek solutions for merchandising operations management.

"We're seeing what many have labeled the store revolution," said Peter Baskin, vice president of Retail CRM solutions with Retek. "The ability to access and control key business processes closer to the point of customer interaction is a central theme and primary value driver. In addition to a leadership role in fashion and design, Armani is clearly a leader in technology and retail operations."

"Retek solutions are driving value for retail operations of all sizes," added Patrick Bohannon, vice president with Retek. "The Armani implementation demonstrates how Retek solutions can be deployed quickly to enable rapid business benefit, and be efficiently supported with minimal IT staff. Armani's success is demonstrative of Retek's commitment to retailers of all sizes, on a global level."

About Armani Group

The Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and design groups in the world today. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion products, including apparel, accessories, eyewear, watches, home products, fragrances and cosmetics under a range of lifestyle brand names: Giorgio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Mani, Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Junior and Armani Casa. The Group's exclusive retail network currently comprises 52 Giorgio Armani boutiques, 1 Giorgio Armani accessori, 8 Armani Collezioni stores, 117 Emporio Armani stores, 7 Armani Jeans stores, 3 Armani Junior stores and 6 Armani Casa stores in 34 countries.

About Retek Inc.

Retek Inc. is a leading provider of software solutions and services to the retail industry. Retek's collaborative solutions help the retail industry create, manage and fulfill consumer demand. The RIS News Leaderboard 2001 ranked Retek the #1 software vendor for retail. Retek's offering, Retek 10, encompasses Retek's proven strategies, sophisticated software applications, patented predictive technology, unparalleled services, and the best practices of its customers and partners. Retek 10 provides retailers with the fastest path to sustainable business value. Many of the world's leading retailers use Retek solutions, including A&P, Tesco, Best Buy, Family Dollar Stores, Gap, Sainsbury's, Eckerd Corp. and Kohl's Department Stores. For more information, visit, or call 1-888-61-RETEK. Retek can be contacted in Europe at +44 20 7563 4646.

Retek is a trademark of Retek Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under the Safe Harbor Provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such factors are described from time to time in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Date:May 29, 2002
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