Coldwater Creek and Alliance Data Announce New Long-Term Agreement

      Coldwater Creek and Alliance Data Announce New Long-Term Agreement

Alliance Data to Provide Co-Brand and Private Label Credit Card Services; To
Acquire Co-Brand Credit Card Portfolio at Future Date

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SANDPOINT, Idaho and DALLAS, July 31, 2013

SANDPOINT, Idaho and DALLAS, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Coldwater Creek,
Inc. (NASDAQ: CWTR), a leading multi-channel retailer of women's apparel,
jewelry and accessories, and Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a
leading provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from
transaction-rich data, today announced they have signed a new, long-term
agreement for Alliance Data's Retail Services business to expand Coldwater
Creek's co-branded credit card program and launch a Coldwater Creek private
label credit card program. Alliance Data will provide end-to-end proprietary
credit card services from account acquisition to multi-channel marketing and
customer service for Coldwater Creek. Alliance Data plans to acquire the
existing co-brand credit card portfolio at a future date from the current
issuer.

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In addition to launching a new private label credit card program and providing
co-brand credit card services integrated with the 'Coldwater Creek Rewards'
loyalty program, Coldwater Creek will leverage Alliance Data's comprehensive
suite of advanced analytics and multi-channel marketing capabilities to help
strengthen its relationship with its best customers across all sales channels.
As part of the launch of the new Coldwater Creek Rewards platform, Alliance
Data will introduce new tools and technologies allowing unique communications
with Coldwater Creek's valued customers, fully leveraging a multi-channel
approach to drive a relevant cardholder experience. These capabilities are
designed to increase customer loyalty, enhance the shopping experience, and
ultimately drive incremental sales for the brand. Coldwater Creek will also
leverage the data assets of Epsilon, another Alliance Data company, in support
of the company's prospect marketing efforts to drive customer acquisition.

"We are excited to partner with Alliance Data to leverage their expertise in
delivering industry-leading credit and loyalty-based marketing programs to
strengthen our customer relationships and drive sales," said Jill Dean,
president and chief executive officer of Coldwater Creek. "Expanding our
loyalty program is a key priority for our company, and we believe that the
best way to strengthen brand loyalty and provide an improved shopping
experience across all of our channels, is to offer our customers a choice of
credit card options, both of which will be fully integrated with our rewards
program."

Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Data Retail Services, added, "Coldwater
Creek maintains a special relationship with their customers, and we're
delighted to introduce innovative marketing and credit solutions that will
help them get to know and reach their customers on an even deeper level. With
a program strategy that deliberately includes both private label and co-brand
credit products, we know we can deliver the right card to the right
customer—helping to create stronger cardholder engagement and increase value
to Coldwater Creek."

About Coldwater Creek
Coldwater Creek is a leading specialty retailer of women's apparel, jewelry
and accessories. The Company was founded in 1984 in Sandpoint, Idaho, and
sells its merchandise through premium retail stores across the country,
online, and through its mobile applications.

Coldwater Creek Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
the securities laws. These statements are based on management's current
expectations about our agreement for a new credit card program and the effect
of the new credit card program on customer relationships and sales, and are
subject to a number of uncertainties, risks and assumptions that may not fully
materialize or may prove incorrect. As a result, our actual results may differ
materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include,
but are not limited to:

  oWe may encounter delays in implementing our new credit card program, and
    our new credit card relationship may not be successful in improving
    customer experience, increasing our loyalty base or growing sales;
  oThe new program is subject to termination if ADS is unable to reach an
    agreement to acquire the existing portfolio from the current issuer;

and such other factors as are discussed in our most recent Annual Report on
Form10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K
filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current
expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. We do not assume
any obligation to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements
to reflect events or changes in our expectations after the date of this
release.

About Alliance Data Retail Services
Alliance Data Retail Services is one of the nation's leading providers of
branded credit card programs, with more than 120 marketing-driven private
label, co-brand and commercial programs in partnership with many of North
America's best-known brands. The business delivers upon its Know More. Sell
More.^® commitment by leveraging customer insight to drive sales for its
client partners. Leveraging deep-rooted retail industry expertise,
transaction-based customer data, and advanced analytics, Alliance Data Retail
Services creates turnkey, multichannel credit programs designed to help its
clients develop stronger, more profitable customer relationships. Alliance
Data Retail Services is part of the Alliance Data family of companies. To
learn more about Alliance Data Retail Services visit www.alliancedata.com.

About Alliance Data
Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) and its combined businesses is North America's
largest and most comprehensive provider of transaction-based, data-driven
marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The
Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical
customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer
behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's
most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase
customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day
across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and other
emerging technologies. Headquartered in Dallas, Alliance Data and its three
businesses employ approximately 11,000 associates at more than 70 locations
worldwide.

Alliance Data consists of three businesses: Alliance Data Retail Services, a
leading provider of marketing-driven credit solutions; Epsilon®, a leading
provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services; and
LoyaltyOne®, which owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's
premier coalition loyalty program. For more information about the company,
visit our web site, www.alliancedata.com, or follow us on Twitter via
@AllianceData.

Alliance Data's Safe Harbor Statement/Forward Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements may use words
such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect,"
"intend," "may," "predict," "project," "would," and similar expressions as
they relate to us or our management. When we make forward-looking statements,
we are basing them on our management's beliefs and assumptions, using
information currently available to us. Although we believe that the
expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, these
forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and
assumptions, including those discussed in our filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.

If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our
underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary
materially from what we projected. Any forward-looking statements contained in
this presentation reflect our current views with respect to future events and
are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating
to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. We
have no intention, and disclaim any obligation, to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
results or otherwise, except as required by law.

"SafeHarbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995: Statements in this presentation regarding Alliance Data Systems
Corporation's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking
statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such
risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those
contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the
Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.
Risk factors may be updated in Item 1A in each of the Company's Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q for each quarterly period subsequent to the Company's
most recent Form 10-K.

Contact:
Alliance Data                     Coldwater Creek
Amy Pesante – Analysts/Investors   Lyn Walther
FTI Consulting                     Investor Relations
212-850-5758                       208-265-7005
alliancedata@fticonsulting.com     lyn.walther@thecreek.com
Tiffany Louder – Investor Relations
214-494-3048
tiffany.louder@alliancedata.com
Alyson Lupo – Media
214-494-3818
alyson.lupo@alliancedata.com

SOURCE Alliance Data Systems Corporation

Website: http://www.AllianceData.com
 
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