December 5, 2001

Tommy Hilfiger chooses IBM and Linux for e-business infrastructure

Author: JT Smith

IBM today announced that Tommy Hilfiger
Corporation has chosen IBM, eOneGroup and Linux for its new e-business
infrastructure as the company works to expand its presence among thousands
of U.S. specialty retailers, as well as its worldwide manufacturing
facilities and employees.

Tommy Hilfiger selected technologies from IBM, including IBM eServer
products running Linux, DB2 Universal Database, Java and eOneGroup's suite
of software products to create:

A new B2B portal ( that allows Tommy Hilfiger's
specialty retailers and salesforce to view, via the web, selected core
and seasonal apparel products such as jeans and other basic available
inventory in real-time, and place, track and ship orders;
A business-to-plant website that links Tommy Hilfiger's production
facilities around the world, which is expected to speed
design-to-product time and significantly decrease costs; and
A virtual employee store that allows, for the first time, Tommy Hilfiger
personnel to shop online around the clock.

The web infrastructure, designed and built by IBM Business Partner
eOneGroup, includes IBM eServer xSeries servers running Linux to handle
web-based transactions, integrated online with IBM eServer iSeries servers
running Java that are tied to existing wholesale and warehouse management

"We identified an increasing demand for our products among mid-market
specialty retailers, and IBM and eOneGroup delivered the technologies and
expertise we needed to reach this growing market segment," said Brent
Findon, vice president of system development at Tommy Hilfiger. "In
addition, by integrating these new web portals with our existing back-end
systems, we saved significantly on the time and expense of deploying this
total infrastructure."

"IBM's server interoperability and application flexibility enabled us to
reach Tommy Hilfiger's goals of lower costs and increased revenue," said
Dan Watson, president of eOneGroup. "The manufacturing portal and employee
store are expected to produce substantial cost savings and has
already proved productive and efficient for specialty store retailers with
limited travel budgets."

"Tommy Hilfiger needed a solution that provided the performance and
reliability necessary to win in the tough retail marketplace," said Buell
Duncan, general manager of IBM's mid-market servers. "With our IBM Business
Partner eOneGroup, we are committed to helping Tommy Hilfiger grow into new
markets with its powerful e-business infrastructure."

About Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, through its subsidiaries, designs, sources and
markets men's and women's sportswear, jeanswear and childrenswear under the
Tommy Hilfiger trademarks. Through a range of strategic licensing
agreements, the company also offers a broad array of related apparel,
accessories, footwear, fragrance and home furnishings. The company's
products can be found in leading department and specialty stores throughout
the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America,
Japan, Hong Kong and other countries in the Far East.

About eOne Group
eOneGroup LLC is a provider of Internet e-commerce products and integration
services. eOneGroup serves both business-to-business and
business-to-consumers throughout the United States. Their expertise
encompasses all facets of the interactive Web content arena, from
feature-rich online shopping applications to enterprise-level Web
integration. eOneGroup LLC customers include Omaha Steaks, BIC Pens,
Valmont MicroFlect and many other high Internet volume activity sites.
eOneGroup LLC has headquarters in Omaha, Neb.

About IBM
IBM is the number one server company in the world, offering a full line of
data transaction, web application and appliance servers that embrace
industry standards. Powered by breakthroughs such as microprocessors with
copper wiring and Silicon-on-Insulator technology, IBM servers have
captured industry leading benchmarks that measure transactions, web serving
capabilities and performance in software applications. The IBM eServer
line is an integral part of customized, flexible and scalable Internet
solutions for companies of all sizes. IBM supports Linux on its entire
portfolio of e-business servers.

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The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with
the following descriptive term "server" following it.

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Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both: IBM,
the IBM e-business logo, xSeries, iSeries and DB2 Universal Database.

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