Home Hardware selects 20-20 Technologies' 3D Web visualization tool for its online room planning initiative



    LAVAL, QC, Jan. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - 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 on its corporate
website. The Home Hardware Virtual Planner will act to attract and retain
customers by offering an online kitchen or closet planning and decorating
service as a lead-in to an in-store visit.
    "Home Hardware was searching for an online visualization tool to support
the launch of Home's new Canadian-made line of ready to assemble cabinets. We
wanted to create an easy to use tool for homeowners and Home store owners to
design kitchens and other storage areas using cabinetry available from Home.
20-20 is the industry standard for kitchen design applications and the Virtual
Planner tool fit well into Home's online strategy" said Mark Nykamp, Product
Manager - Kitchen Cabinetry and Flooring, Home Hardware Stores Limited.
    Visitors 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 users to view
full product detail for Home'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
Building Centre.
    "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:

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

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