Rexel, Inc. Selects ProAct Technologies to Deliver Online Enroll

 Rexel, Inc. Selects ProAct Technologies to Deliver Online Enrollment  ProAct Benefits Enrollment Increases Efficiency and Boosts Employee Satisfaction at Leading Electrical Distributor  WHITE PLAINS, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/28/04 --  Rexel has selected ProAct Technologies Corp., provider of the most advanced, open software solutions for personalized benefits and HR communication, and decision support for employers, health plans and outsourcers, to provide online benefits enrollment for its 4,400 employees. By implementing ProAct Benefits Enrollment, Rexel, the U.S. subsidiary of Rexel S.A., the world's largest electrical parts distributor and the 4th largest electrical distributor in the United States, will reduce errors, save time for employees and HR staff, and increase employee satisfaction.  "Rexel had been using paper forms for annual enrollment. The manual process was time-consuming and error prone -- it was clearly not meeting our needs," said Rick Jenkins, Director, Compensation & HRIS. "In 2002, enrollment counselors worked with each employee one-on-one in an effort to improve the process. We have over 300 locations in 29 states, so this was not a cost-effective solution. Online enrollment was the next logical step."  Using ProAct Benefits Enrollment, 2003 open enrollment was significantly easier for Rexel's HR staff and for its employees. "The online process is a lot quicker and employees feel more confident that their benefits elections are accurate," Jenkins said. "Administration has been greatly simplified because all enrollment transactions are processed through ProAct Benefits Enrollment." Rexel will be implementing online enrollment for new hires and life events in early 2004.  "ProAct Benefits Enrollment's event-driven self-service technology automates processes across the entire benefits lifecycle, enabling HR to serve its 'customers' more efficiently," said Tom Finstein, president and CEO of ProAct. "HR resources are freed up to focus on strategic activities such as recruitment and talent management -- and the organization reaps the benefits. This has the net effect of changing the perception of HR from a cost center to an enabler of company growth."  ProAct Benefits Enrollment enables companies to bring benefits and enrollment processes into one easily managed automated framework. The product's administrative toolkit has predefined configuration capabilities that allow HR staff to modify rules or create new ones without changing application code. ProAct Benefits Enrollment is based on an industry-standard development platform, making it easy to scale the solution to handle peak volumes. A modular architecture creates a clean separation between functions, increasing system reliability. Prebuilt adapters simplify integration with existing systems. Benefits Enrollment offers easy configuration of specific rules and processes for each life and work event, including the capability to allow off-cycle enrollment for individual benefits. The product is fully J2EE compliant and runs in a standard Java environment.  About Rexel  Rexel is a distributor of Electrical and Datacom parts and supplies, and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Rexel operates over 300 branches in 28 states and the Bahamas. The company is the U.S. subsidiary of Rexel S.A., the world's largest electrical parts distributor and the 4th largest electrical distributor in the United States. The company seeks to be the leading electrical distributor in the markets it serves by providing outstanding customer service, quality products, and continuous opportunities for its employees, while producing superior long-term results.  About ProAct Technologies  With responsibility for managing benefits shifting from corporations to employees, companies like Agilent Technologies, CIGNA, GlaxoSmithKline, Humana, Maytag and Verizon Wireless are taking advantage of ProAct's flexible, Web-based software to deliver personalized benefits and HR information, and provide self-service enrollment and associated decision support. ProAct solutions help employers, health plans and outsourcers automate critical business functions either through its best-of-breed software for specific requirements, like delivering summary plan descriptions, or its integrated suite of products including online provider search and real-time total wealth statements.  Using a common technology platform, ProAct software integrates content, data, decision support tools and transactions in a single, seamless process. And since ProAct has the most open technology to operate with industry standards from Microsoft to Linux, ProAct applications can integrate with any back end system. More information can be found at www.proactcorp.com.  Contacts: Charles Epstein Backbone, Inc. (561) 470-0965 che@backboneinc.com  Joan Honig ProAct Technologies (914) 872-8178 joan.honig@proactcorp.com  Provider ID: 04062293