Retail Industry Expert Pete Abell Joins Manufacturing Insights; Company Expands RFID Research Coverage and Asia-Pacific Team

FRAMINGHAM, MA – APRIL 19, 2006 – IDC's Manufacturing Insights announces the appointment of Pete Abell to a newly created position, Program Director of Radio Frequency (RF) Sensor Network Research. A renowned industry expert, Abell joins veteran analyst, Michael Witty, to expand the company's research in the area of radio frequency identification (RFID), including RF sensor networks, actuators and legacy identification technology.

"When it comes to RFID, we now have a one-two punch that's hard to beat. Pete and Mike are pioneers in the RFID realm and their combined expertise covers everything from sensor networks and barcoding to collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment and consumer packaged goods (CPG)," says Bob Parker, vice president of research for Manufacturing Insights. "This duo will generate groundbreaking research to serve buyers of RF technology and business leaders in the Consumer Goods and Retail industries."

Abell brings more than 25 years of retailer, retailer-vendor and industry consulting experience to his position at Manufacturing Insights. Most recently, he served as co-founder and senior partner of The ePC Group, an advisory group focused on Global RFID Strategy and the physical layer of RFID across global supply chains. Prior to that, Abell managed AMR Research's Global Retail Industry Service and generated research focused on key retail industry issues and concentrated on RFID. He also held positions at Jewel Companies, Raytheon and MIT.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Manufacturing Insights team," says Abell. "It's exciting to work for a company that is committed to helping executives in the RFID market bridge the business and technology arenas."

Abell and Witty will present on how to create value through the use of RFID technology at Manufacturing Insights' RF-Enabled Sensor Networks Forum on June 8, 2006 in Boston, MA. For more information, visit: .

Earlier this month, Manufacturing Insights also appointed supply chain veteran Tan Mang Teck to Director of Research for the Asia Pacific (A/P) region. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for research quality, research content, business development and customer support/service in the A/P region.

Adds Parker, "As our team continues to grow globally, we're excited to bring on board uniquely talented individuals, like Mang Teck, whose experience and expertise is key to providing exceptional research and support to manufacturing executives worldwide."

About Manufacturing Insights, an IDC Company

Manufacturing Insights, an IDC Company, provides business and IT decision-makers with fact-based research and analysis to inform and support critical business decisions. The global independent research and advisory firm closely follows processes associated with the design, development and distribution of goods across markets including Discrete Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, High Tech/Electronics Manufacturing, Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail. Manufacturing Insights' research and analysis is critical for end-users, as well as hardware and software vendors, service providers, and purveyors of IT outsourcing. Founded in January 2005, Manufacturing Insights is headquartered in Framingham, Mass.

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