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Employment Agreement - Intelligent Systems for Retail Inc., Webvan Group Inc. and Chris Manella

November 10, 1998

Chris Mannella
9 Saint Ives Place
Gaithersburg, MD  20877

Dear Chris:

We are very pleased to extend you an offer to serve as the Vice President of
Marketing for Intelligent Systems for Retail, Inc. ("ISR").

We at ISR believe that your skills, experience, and personal attributes will
enable us to be a leader in the development of this internet commerce company.

This letter serves as an offer of employment to you from ISR. The terms of the
offer supersede all prior oral and written communications between you and ISR or
any representative thereof. If the terms below are acceptable, please sign and
return one copy of the letter on or before Friday, November 13, 1998 to accept
our offer of employment.


Your job title will be Vice President of Marketing.


Your first date to report to work at ISR, 1241 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Suite 210,
Foster City, CA 94404, will be on or before Monday, December 7, 1998.


You will report to Louis H. Borders, President & CEO of ISR. Your primary
responsibility will be to develop, manage, and implement the marketing
strategies for ISR.

You will also be a member of the Executive Team with responsibility for
determining the long term direction and goals of ISR, and for developing
strategies and tactics to meet those goals, along with all other duties as


Your salary shall be $18,750.00 per month. This salary shall be paid bi-weekly.
Your salary shall be reviewed each January on an annual basis in accordance with
review procedures established by the ISR Associate Handbook.

Within 90 days of your Commencement Date, by written notice to ISR, you may
elect to reduce your annual salary by up to $50,000 for up to 50,000 additional
shares of Common Stock (at a ratio of 1:1) at an exercise price equal to the
fair market of the Common Stock at the date of grant. The general terms and
conditions of this option will be the same as those for your 420,000 share


In addition, ISR will pay you $1,000.00 per month, included as part of your base
salary to help cover miscellaneous monthly expenses.


You shall be granted an incentive stock option (the "Option") to purchase
420,000 shares of ISR's common stock at an exercise price based on the company's
fair market value, which will be determined by the Board of Directors as of your
employment commencement date. The Option shall vest at the rate of 25% of the
shares subject to Option at the end of twelve months and at the rate of 6.25% of
the shares subject to Option each three months thereafter, so that 100% of the
Option shall be vested after four years, subject to your continued full-time
employment with the Company as of each vesting date. Except as specified herein,
the Option is in all respects subject to the terms and conditions of the 1997
Stock Plan (the "Stock Plan") and standard form of option agreement (the "Option


You will receive the standard benefits for full-time Associates at ISR. These
standard benefits are listed and explained in the ISR Associate Handbook,
administered via TriNet Employer Group. A copy of the policies and benefits
section of the handbook will be provided for your information.

In addition, ISR makes available a 401(k) plan to all employees at the beginning
of the month following Employee's date of hire. Eligible Employees may elect to
contribute up to 15% of their salary to the 401(k) plan, subject to the legal
maximum per year. The company will match 100% of the first $500 and 25%
thereafter up to a maximum Employer match of $2,000 per year of qualifying
Employee contributions. Further details will be provided in the 401(k) Plan
Handbook at the time of enrollment.



You will receive a relocation allowance of up to $50,000 to cover the costs of
your relocation to California. This relocation allowance shall not exceed
$50,000 and will be paid upon the presentation of actual receipts. In addition,
ISR will pay for all of your personal transportation and lodging costs during
your first 150 days of Employment.


ISR is an equal-opportunity employer, and will not discriminate against its
employees or applicants in any employment decision or practice because of race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, age, ancestry,
physical handicaps, or medical condition.


You will be required, as a condition of employment, to sign a Proprietary
Information Agreement. A sample Proprietary Information Agreement is attached


All ISR Associates are expected to devote their full energies, efforts, and
abilities to their employment. Accordingly, full-time Associates are not
permitted to accept outside employment on a full-time or part-time basis without
first obtaining their supervisor's written approval.


The relationship between you and ISR will be for an unspecified term and will be
considered at will. No employment contract is created by the existence of any
policy, rule or procedure in the ISR Associate Handbook, any ISR document, or
any verbal statements made to you by representatives of ISR. Consequently, the
employment relationship between you and ISR can be terminated at will, either by
you or ISR, with or without cause or advance notice.

In the event that your employment with ISR is terminated without cause, ISR
agrees that you will receive six months salary and benefits as severance. In
addition to this six month severance package, you will continue to receive full
salary and benefits for a period of up to another six months or until subsequent
employment is obtained.


ISR has an Associate Handbook. The policies in the Associate Handbook govern the
relationship between ISR and its Associates. The policies are hereby
incorporated by reference. Acceptance of this offer binds the offeree to follow
the policies.


This offer is contingent on compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control
Act of 1986, which requires the company to verify that each employee hired is
legally entitled to work in the United States. Enclosed is a copy of the
Employment Verification form I-9, with instructions, as required by such act.
Please review and execute this document and be prepared to bring the appropriate
documentation on the day you first report to work.

We look forward to your favorable consideration of this offer and to the
commencement of a long and rewarding relationship.


Louis Borders
ISR, President & CEO

I hereby acknowledge that I have reviewed the terms and conditions of this offer
of employment and have had the opportunity to consult with counsel. I hereby
accept the offer of employment upon the terms and conditions contained in this

Accepted: /s/ CHRIS MANNELLA                      Date: 11/14/98
          Chris Mannella

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