Home Hardware launches interactive 3D Virtual Room Planner



    
    New tool will help homeowners visualize renovations before lifting a
    hammer
    

    ST. JACOBS, ON, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Home Hardware Stores Limited announced
today the launch of 20-20 Technologies' Virtual Planner, a fully interactive
3D Web visualization and space-planning tool, now available at
www.homehardware.ca. The Home Hardware Virtual Room Planner will allow
homeowners planning a renovation to virtually envision their dream kitchen or
storage solution before purchasing products or hammering a nail.
    "At Home Hardware we are always looking for ways to enhance a homeowner's
planning, shopping and renovation experience. We wanted to create an
easy-to-use tool to help homeowners and Home store Owners work together to
visualize, plan and design kitchens and other storage areas using products
available from Home," said Mark Nykamp, Product Manager - Kitchen Cabinetry
and Flooring, Home Hardware Stores Limited. "The 20-20 Technologies' Virtual
Planner is the industry standard for kitchen design applications and we are
delighted to bring this helpful tool to Home's customers so they can start
planning their project right from the comfort of their own home."
    Visitors to the Home Hardware Virtual Room Planner can select from
pre-designed rooms or begin space-planning from blank 2D/3D floor plans,
adding dimensions and items to complete the design. The manufacturer-specific
data in the Virtual Planner allows homeowners to view full product detail for
Home Hardware's own ready-to-assemble cabinets. Users can then save their
photo-realistic design for future use, email it to a friend or print it
together with an itemized list to bring to their local Home Hardware. With the
itemized list in-hand, Home's expert team of decorators and renovators can
help homeowners realize their virtual design.
    "20-20 Technologies is committed to delivering sophisticated yet
user-friendly turn-key solutions with branded products that consistently meet
challenging market requirements on a global basis. We are delighted to add
Home Hardware to our growing list of leading retailers already using our
industry-focused applications," said Jean-Francois Grou, President and COO of
20-20 Technologies.

    About Home Hardware Stores Limited

    Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest independent hardware,
lumber and building materials and furniture retailer with more than 1,000
stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home
Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Dealers have access to
100,000 quality brand name and private label products and the company has
annual retail sales of $4.8 billion. The cooperative was founded on January 1,
1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers.

    About 20-20 Technologies Inc.

    20-20 Technologies is the world's leading provider of computer-aided
design, business and manufacturing software solutions tailored for the
interior design and furniture industries. Dealers and retailers use its
desktop and Web-based products and solutions for the residential and
commercial markets. 20-20 offers a unique proprietary end-to-end solution,
integrating the entire breadth of functions in interior design. It provides a
bridge for data communication from the point-of-sale to manufacturing and
world-leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, including
computer-aided engineering and plant floor automation software. Operating in
12 countries with more than 590 employees, 20-20 is a publicly traded company
(TWT) on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). For more information, visit
www.2020Technologies.com.

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For further information: Media Relations: MaisonBrison, Rick Leckner,
(514) 731-0000; Home Hardware Stores Limited, Claire Trainor, (519) 664-2252

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