BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the nominations for its annual Excellence in Retailing industry achievement awards. The awards will be presented to retail industry innovators selected from three categories, and will be announced at Aberdeen's Retail Summit being held June 21-22, 2011 at the Westin Hotel at Times Square in New York City. The theme of this year's event is Blurring of the Lines between Retail Operations 2.0 and Digital Retail.

Award nominees were selected based on proprietary Aberdeen research conducted over the past year covering retail process excellence, executive stewardship, business evolution, innovation in technology, and performance excellence. The nominees by category are:

1. Customer Experience, Centricity, and Loyalty Success:Nominees: Brooks Brothers, Nike, Guess, Inc.

2. Integrated Retail Data & Intelligence:Nominees: Chico's FAS; VIP Parts, Tires and Service; Party City

3. Merchandising, Inventory, and Supply Chain Optimization:Nominees: New Look Retail Group Limited, Guitar Center, Inc., Dillard's, Inc., Macy's, Inc.

Hosted by the Aberdeen Group's Vice President and Principal Analyst, Retail Research Practice, Sahir Anand, and the Aberdeen retail research team, the Summit is built around the themes of Mobility, Digital and Cross-Channel Retailing; Customer Insights, Integrated Retail Data and Business Intelligence; and Retail Operations 2.0: Cross Channel Merchandising, Inventory and Supply Chain. The event will address the challenges facing retailers to integrate their selling establishments, warehouse operations, and supply chain processes with social, mobile, voice, and other digital technologies to meet the evolving product research and purchase preferences of retail customers.

Summit Sponsors and Partners include: Aruba Networks, Inc.; Digby; HP; Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT); Venda, Inc.; Antenna Software; Channel Intelligence, Inc.; Epicor Software Corporation; Harte-Hanks (NYSE: HHS); Junction Solutions, Inc.; Kony Solutions; QlikView; r-pac International Corporation; Tomax Corporation; Workplace Systems, Inc.; PivotLink; GS1 US; Loyalty360; and Integrated Solutions for Retailers.

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About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Aberdeen provides fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having queried more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen for insights that drive decisions.

As a Harte-Hanks Company, Aberdeen plays a key role of putting content in context for the global direct and targeted marketing company. Aberdeen's analytical and independent view of the "customer optimization" process of Harte-Hanks (Information - Opportunity - Insight - Engagement - Interaction) extends the client value and accentuates the strategic role Harte-Hanks brings to the market. For additional information, visit Aberdeen or call (617) 854-5200, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748.

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