Warehouse Software runs on Microsoft SQL Server.

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JAVA architected eWMS v3.5.1 supports needs of third-party logistics companies. It provides multi-owner, multi-warehouse capability, billing module, and flexible invoice generation. Enhancements include multiple split-month billing options, canned reporting and label application capabilities, increased lot traceability, and business processes that require distribution by lot number/pallet ID. Software is available on Oracle, DB2, and Microsoft SQL Server.

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v3.5.1 Enhances Functionality and Portability of its SCE Offering

FAIRFIELD, NEW JERSEY, (Business Wire - January 29, 2002) Vertex Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:VETX), a leading provider of supply chain fulfillment technologies, today announced the release of eWMS v3.5.1, its JAVA architected warehouse management solution. eWMS v3.5.1 is made available through Vertex's direct sales channel and strategic partner, Pitney Bowes Distribution Solutions (PBDS), through the PBDS brand (PB_WMS). eWMS v3.5.1 is the first release that incorporates the participation of Steve Smith, President PBDS, as member of the Vertex Product Executive Advisory Committee.

eWMS v3.5.1 functionality benefits several industries including Third Party Logistics (3PL). Many 3PL customers have diverse needs; their systems must be robust and flexible enough to meet these varied requirements. eWMS is designed to support the on-going needs of 3PL companies with multi-owner, multi-warehouse capability, a robust billing module, and flexible invoice generation. eWMS v3.5.1 has enhanced billing capabilities with the addition of multiple, split- month billing options. Additional functionality provided in v3.5.1 includes increased lot traceability and business processes that require distribution by lot number/pallet ID, which will equip Vertex's customers with even greater capabilities when managing logistics services in industries that require a higher level of lot/pallet control. Other major features enhanced by v3.5.1 are: added "canned" reporting and label application capabilities, and the availability of eWMS on Microsoft SQL Server.

"The Vertex value proposition is to deliver supply-chain execution systems in a collaborative environment with maximum portability...our JAVA initiative allows us to deliver on our vision," stated Robert Schilt, Chief Technology Officer, Vertex Interactive. "The Vertex eSuite is available on Oracle, DB2, and now Microsoft SQL Server. Future releases will address the LINUX operating system and clearly establish the Vertex eSuite as one of the industry's most portable systems."

"Vertex eWMS v3.5.1 meets large-and mid-sized companies' growing need to collaborate electronically with customers and trading partners," said Steve Smith, President, PBDS. "Strategic collaboration is well-served by eWMS functionality.. .its portability...its open architecture & design...its multi-multi capability...its value proposition."

"When you analyze a Company's investment in their supply chain solutions, the expenditure can be quite significant," added Schilt. "Providing systems that are portable across disparate environments (operating system and database) protects a company's investment now and for many years to come. The Vertex eSuite are strategic solutions, not tactical systems." Vertex's eSuite of products are a catalyst for promoting e-business through trade associations, supply-chain extensibility, and real-time data sharing across the enterprise. ROI is hastened with active messaging, event driven handling, and web-based processing capabilities.

eWMS v3.5.1 release comes on the heels of Vertex's eWMS v3.5 release with enhanced frozen and refrigerated food functionality and Vertex's release of its web-based, enterprise wide Transportation Management System, eTMS.

About Vertex Interactive
Vertex Interactive is an international provider of supply chain management technology with operations in North America and across Europe. Vertex offers a comprehensive range of software systems and tools, from point solutions, to integrated end-to-end hardware and software solutions, for enterprise wide and collaborative supply chain optimization. Vertex's broad portfolio of products includes advance planning and scheduling with forecasting, purchasing and multi-sourcing; fixed and mobile order entry, processing and fulfillment; inventory, warehouse, and transportation management systems. Vertex's inventory and warehousing product suite also covers a range of point solutions which provide instant productivity gains including "light - directed" systems for picking and packing, intuitive software and integration technology for handheld devices, auto ID and printing solutions (for standard, 2D and 3D bar coding), and a suite of mobile data collection solutions for SAP R/3 implementations. Vertex's customers include leading companies such as Andrew Corporation, Air Express International, Applied Materials, Avery Dennison, Bacardi Martini, Bristol Myers Squibb, Daimler Chrysler, Express Dairies, Georg von Opel, IBM, Kraft Foods, Maastricht University, Merck, Nestle, ConAgra, North Sea Ferries, Parts Express, Pfizer, Warner Lambert and Wal-Mart. For additional information, please visit their web site at www.vertexinteractive.com.

About Pitney Bowes Pitney Bowes Inc. is a $4 billion global provider of integrated mail, messaging and document management solutions headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. The company serves over 2 million businesses of all sizes through dealer and direct operations. The Pitney Bowes Distribution Solutions division, formerly Pitney Bowes TranScape, is a global provider of software and services that extend control and visibility of the supply chain throughout the enterprise, and enable electronic transactions between business partners and suppliers. Its web-based suite of products, Pitney Bowes Supply Chain Solutions, powered by Vertex Interactive, provides customers with modules for transportation management, order management and warehouse management. For more information, visit our website at supplychain.pb.com.

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