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FKI Logistex completes material handling project at shoe center

FKI Logistex completes material handling project at shoe center
Project fully automates Internet retailer's new distribution center in Kentucky

St. Louis, Missouri, USA: February 22, 2007 - FKI Logistex completed a USD 10.8 million project with Internet shoe and apparel retailer, Zappos.com, to supply an automated material handling system for its new Shepherdsville, Kentucky distribution center (DC). The project features an end-to-end, integrated solution that automates the material handling in the currently used 416,000-square-foot portion of the 800,000-square-foot DC.

Zappos.com, headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, was founded in 1999 and recorded USD 370 million in gross revenue in 2005. The new system automates material handling, including receiving, presort, put-away, picking, packing and shipping, and will help Zappos.com meet growing customer demand.

"Zappos.com is a major Internet-retailing success story," says Bob Duplain, president, FKI Logistex Warehouse and Distribution North America. "We are honored to partner with Zappos.com as its material handling provider and look forward to participating in the company's long-term growth. This contract win is a strong indication of how well FKI Logistex material handling solutions serve the warehouse and distribution market, not only in conventional brick-and-mortar retail, but in e-commerce operations as well."

The FKI Logistex Zappos.com installation began in late June 2006, and was fast-tracked to completion. FKI Logistex was awarded the contract through Arup, a global design and business consulting firm based in London. The new DC and automated material handling system will serve as the company's primary warehouse and distribution facility.

In the new system, FKI Logistex provided UniSort IV belt-powered pop-up wheel sortation systems, high-speed UniSort XV sliding-shoe sortation systems, sawtooth merges, Accuzone 24-volt transfer conveyors, and Print-and-Apply Modules. FKI Logistex Warehouse Optimizer software serves as the host and graphic user interface driving the system, which also features FKI Logistex Accuglide photo-eye conveyor, Accuzone 24-volt motorized roller conveyor, and the FKI Logistex Answer System monitoring software. The system also includes a series of telescoping boom unloaders and accumulating loaders.

About FKI Logistex
FKI Logistex is a leading global provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order fulfillment systems, RFID implementation, EDS integration, baggage handling systems, warehouse control systems, and total material handling automation.

FKI Logistex provides material handling solutions for airports, postal facilities, parcel distribution, manufacturing operations, library automation, and for warehouse and distribution facilities. With projects that include many of the world's largest and most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex has manufacturing, engineering and support facilities around the world.

About Zappos.com
Established in 1999, Zappos.com has become one of the leaders in online shoe and accessories sales by providing shoppers with the best possible service and selection. Zappos.com currently stocks more than 2 million shoes, handbags, apparel items and accessories from more than 7,000 brands in warehouse space totaling 400,000 square feet. Ranked #79 in 2006 on Inc. Magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States, Zappos.com's sales topped $370 million in 2005, strongly surpassing its 2004 revenues of $184 million. The company was recently named "Best of the Web" for 2007 by Internet Retailer Magazine. Zappos.com was also included in Time Magazine's "25 Sites You Can't Live Without." Zappos.com's customer service team is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
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