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hybris Tapped by Airgas to Drive its Expanding B2B Commerce Channel

CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- hybris, an SAP company, and the world's fastest-growing commerce platform provider, today announced that Airgas, Inc. (NYSE:ARG), a leading supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases as well as hardgoods and related products in the U.S., has chosen hybris Commerce Suite for B2B to enhance its digital interactions with its diverse B2B customer base.

Airgas is enhancing its web and e-commerce tools to enable customers to interact and transact with the company at any time and across all channels, including mobile and social touchpoints, and to provide customers with the information they need online to manage their gas and hardgoods supply chains.

"We selected hybris because its B2B commerce and mobile platform capabilities will help us most effectively meet our current and future e-commerce needs," said Kelly Justice, Airgas Senior Vice President – e-Business and Marketing. "It's critical that we make the right business tools available online so customers can find information on our products and services, place and track orders, research order history, receive and pay invoices and more. The hybris platform will enable this enhanced digital interaction with our customers, allowing us to expand our already best-in-class service into a comprehensive multi-channel experience."

With more B2B brands eyeing e-commerce as a way to drive revenues, improve efficiency and increase customer engagement, hybris is leading the charge to deliver single-source B2B commerce technology designed for the rigors of today's marketplace. Robust mobile capabilities bring an added dimension to the technology, enabling brands to offer fully integrated mobile experiences to existing and new generations of customers.

"Airgas is in an ideal position in the marketplace to lead its industry in the use of innovative multi-channel commerce tools," said Steven Kramer, Executive Vice President Sales Americas at hybris. "With hybris Commerce Suite for B2B, Airgas will have the technology it needs to drive its current online strategy and provide a buying process for its industrial gas and related products in the digital space."

About hybris, an SAP company

hybris helps businesses around the globe sell more goods, services and digital content through every touchpoint, channel and device. hybris delivers OmniCommerce™: state-of-the-art master data management for commerce and unified commerce processes that give a business a single view of its customers, products and orders, and its customers a single view of the business. hybris' omni-channel software is built on a single platform, based on open standards, that is agile to support limitless innovation, efficient to drive the best TCO, and scalable and extensible to be the last commerce platform companies will ever need. Both principal industry analyst firms rank hybris as a "leader" and list its commerce platform among the top two or three in the market. The same software is available on-premise, on-demand and managed hosted, giving merchants of all sizes maximum flexibility. Over 500 companies have chosen hybris, including global B2B sites W.W.Grainger, Rexel, General Electric, Thomson Reuters and 3M as well as consumer brands Toys"R"Us UK, Metro, Bridgestone, Levi's, Nikon, Galeries Lafayette, Migros, Nespresso and Lufthansa. hybris is the future of commerce™. For more information, visit

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE:ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 15,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through e-Business, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit

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