Loblaw Companies Limited selects three software partners to strengthen business processes

    BRAMPTON, ON, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Loblaw Companies Limited is pleased to
announce that SAP Canada Inc., JDA Software Group, Inc. and Manhattan
Associates have been selected to provide software in the renewal and
enhancement of the Company's information systems and processes.
    In implementing this program, the Company is focusing on the retail
basics of order management, perpetual inventory, pricing, financials, human
resources, master data management, supply chain forecasting, replenishment and
transportation, and distribution centre operations management.
    All three software partners were chosen for their extensive experience in
offering solutions that are proven elsewhere and can meet Loblaw's needs out
of the box.
    "We will take a measured approach to implementation, using experienced
partners, proven solutions and little to no customization," comments Catherine
Booth, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Loblaw Companies
Limited. "This system and process renewal will be very beneficial for our
customers and make life easier for our store and office colleagues."

    About Loblaw Companies Limited

    Loblaw Companies Limited (TSX: L) is Canada's largest food distributor
and a leading provider of general merchandise products, drugstore and
financial products and services. Loblaw is also one of the largest private
sector employers in Canada, with over 140,000 full-time and part-time
employees executing its business strategy in more than 1,000 corporate and
franchised stores from coast to coast. Loblaw is a subsidiary of George Weston
Limited (TSX: WN).

For further information:

For further information: Inge van den Berg, Vice President, Public
Affairs & Investor Relations, (905) 459-2500, Investors - investor@loblaw.ca,
Media - pr@loblaw.ca

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