Cost Plus World Market Selects Yard Hound(tm) from PINC Solutions to Improve Supply Chain Operation Efficiency

Released on: February 25, 2008, 6:13 pm

Press Release Author: PINC Solutions

Industry: Transportation & Logistics

Press Release Summary: Premier specialty retailer among first to benefit from
real-time-location-system (RTLS) enabled yard visibility and management solution

Press Release Body: BERKELEY, CA, February 19, 2008 - PINC Solutions, the leader in
cost-effective real-time asset visibility technology, announced today that Cost Plus
World Market (NASDAQ: CPWM) has selected and implemented PINC Solutions' Yard HoundT
to track and manage their fleet trailers at World Market's main Northern California
Distribution Center.

Cost Plus World Market is a leading specialty retailer of casual home living and
entertaining products. The company operates over 298 stores in 34 states and
reported 2007 revenue over $1 billion.

"We are always looking for cost-effective ways to improve our supply chain," said
Ray Whitley, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, at Cost Plus World Market. \"PINC's
solution automates many of the yard management processes that were done manually. By
using their system, we are able to keep track of our assets in the yard at all
times, and share the information through a web-based interface. With a minimal
amount of capital investment and virtually no disruption to our Distribution Center
operation, we have improved our yard operation efficiency and cut costs."

"PINC is pleased to enable World Market to accurately monitor and track their
assets in real-time utilizing Yard HoundT, the latest embodiment of our patented
RTLS-tracking technology," said Aleks Gll, CEO of PINC Solutions. "We empower our
customers to streamline distribution yard operation with real-time visibility into
all of their yard activities. Yard HoundT can easily be incorporated into
customer's logistics management system as an overlay to existing processes, or be
integrated with other Yard and Warehouse Management Systems that may be in use
already. The asset location and status information is kept updated constantly with
minimal human intervention, and the users have access to electronic record and can
receive automated alerts and reports about their assets remotely anywhere,

Built on an innovative combination of advanced sensor and passive RFID technologies
as the RTLS platform, PINC\'s products represent a paradigm shift in mobile asset
management through real-time asset visibility. Cost Plus World Market and other
clients of PINC realize many benefits from Yard Hound, including

Increased yard operation efficiency

Improved yard truck and driver productivity and retention

Reduced manual yard checks

Minimized congestion at choke points such as gate and dock doors and
increased throughput

Improved equipment utilization

Reduced late, demurrage and detention fees

Enhanced customer and vendor services

Additional features of Yard HoundT such as real-time task assignment and
acknowledgement for yard-truck drivers, and user-defined access to real-time
visibility data for their 3PL providers and carriers, allow the customers to achieve
further saving beyond the immediate return seen from their daily operation. The
resulting improvements in economics typically generate a positive ROI for clients in
less than a year.

About Cost Plus World Market

Cost Plus World Market operates 298 stores in 34 states under the names \"World
Market\" and \"Cost Plus World Market.\" The stores feature an ever-changing selection
of casual home furnishings, housewares, gifts, jewelry, decorative accessories, over
500 international wines, gourmet foods and beverages offered at affordable prices
and are imported from more than 50 countries. Many items are unique and exclusive to
Cost Plus World Market. All are regularly supplied by an international network of
individual and regional artisans developed over the Company\'s nearly 50 years in the
import business. The majority of the store\'s furniture is constructed of
environmentally friendly, farm raised wood while a number of items are made out of
recycled glass and yet countless items are constructed of environmentally friendly
bamboo. The value, breadth and continual refreshment of products invite customers to
come back throughout a lifetime of changing home furnishings and entertaining needs.

About PINC Solutions

PINC is a privately held company headquartered in Berkeley, California. Its real
time asset management solution, Yard HoundT, is deployed at industry-leading
customers in manufacturing, retail and transportation sectors throughout North
America. PINC has pioneered the development of RTLS products using passive RFID,
MEMS and other low-cost sensors to determine the item position, eliminating the need
for heavy capital investment in the infrastructure. The Yard HoundT Product Suite
is designed with a scalable architecture for businesses of any size, and is
expandable with modular components as customers' needs grow. For more information
about PINC Solutions and the Yard HoundT Product Suite, please visit

Media Contacts

PINC Solutions: Michelle Kiang (, +1 510-845-4900)

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Contact Details: PINC Solutions
2095 Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94709

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