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TMCNet:  KITS Mobile App Features Entire National Office Furniture Product Portfolio; Collateral Available on Tablets via National Hub

[January 18, 2013]

KITS Mobile App Features Entire National Office Furniture Product Portfolio; Collateral Available on Tablets via National Hub

JASPER, Ind. --(Business Wire)--

National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), has launched mobile initiatives making its products and collateral easily accessible on mobile devices, especially on tablets. National becomes the first manufacturer to have its entire portfolio loaded into the mobile edition of The KITS collaborator™. Plus, all of National's collateral including images, price lists, brochures, animations, sustainability information and more are now available on the National Hub.

KITS Mobile picture or standard setting. (Photo: Business Wire)

KITS Mobile picture or standard setting. (Photo: Business Wire)

Developed by Toronto-based software and services company KiSP, Inc.,the KITS Mobile app creates photo-realistic renderings in a client's actual space in a matter of seconds. Simply take a picture of a space, drag desired National products into place, and the app will scale the furniture giving customers a first-hand look at what their new space could look like. The highly intuitive app enables users to select and configure the furniture in the space and also change colors, materials and finishes. User-friendly functionality offers users an easy experience in changing and grouping products allowing for rapid visual space planning and quotation. This new process reduces the time spent going back and forth on a project when sharing electronic ideation and configurations.

"KITS Mobile is all about the speed of business while delivering an excellent visual, interactive and sharing experience. Manufacturers, dealers and designers need the right mobile tools to be as efficient as possible in today's tight-margined marketplace. Having National on board gives KITS users access to thousands of sustainable, innovative furniture solutions. National is a solid partner to keep moving KITS forward," said Rob Kendal, Owner and Managing Director, KiSP.

Separate from KITS, but an integral part of an overall mobile strategy, National launched the National Hub providing on-the-go access to all its collateral to ensure that dealers, designers and facility managers can easily find the materials thy need and navigate them via a couple taps and swipes. This eliminates the need to carry a briefcase full of marketing collateral and a laptop; all you need is a tablet and an internet connection. National rolled out new iPads to its entire selling organization and equipped them with KITS Mobile and the National Hub so they can deliver the extraordinary experience expected from National.


"Time is critical, especially for our dealer and design partners and their customers. Partnering with KiSP and equipping our sales team with essential mobile tools and content is all about providing our partners, and in turn their clients, with the support they need to make accurate, informed and timely decisions. Our goal is to be easy to do business with; KITS Mobile and the National Hub help us make this happen," says Kourtney Smith, Vice President of Marketing, National Office Furniture.

Via your tablet, go to the National Hub - M.Sales.NationalOfficeFurniture.com

About KiSP, Inc.

KiSP, Inc. is a Toronto-based software and services company operating successfully since 1993. KiSP's software solutions are in widespread use throughout the North American Contract Office Furniture marketplace and are generally intended for use by Manufacturers, Dealers, Customers and Furniture Service Providers. The company is widely acknowledged as one of the industry's foremost experts in the field of eBusiness, Specification and Visualization services and Furniture Life-Cycle Management. KiSP publishes and supports a number of "client-facing" dealer automation tools designed specifically to offer outstanding competitive differentiation and account retention capabilities. KiSP, Inc. software solutions are available as a convenient Software as a Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) option. They currently host over 1300 client portal sites, and over 3000+ client-specific static eCatalogs through secure web-hosting facilities. Company headquarters is located in North Toronto, with additional offices located in San Jose, Costa Rica and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The company is privately owned and currently has over 85 full-time employees. For more information, please visit: www.kisp.com.

About National Office Furniture:

National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), is a Jasper, Indiana-based manufacturer of high-quality office furnishings. Since 1980, National has built a reputation for excellence with stylish furniture of exceptional value; a dedication to personalized service; product designs that reflect a passion for the user's comfort and productivity; and a commitment to environmental responsibility. For more information about National and its products, visit: www.NationalOfficeFurniture.com

About Kimball International

Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed, and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for Customers while enabling employees to share in the Company's success through personal, professional and financial growth.

Kimball International, Inc. provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the Electronic Manufacturing Services segment and the Furniture segment. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment provides engineering and manufacturing services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The Furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries sold under the Company's family of brand names.


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