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-- Program Ramps Up Hundreds of Connections to Meet Market Demand of Small & Mid Sized Enterprises for Supply Chain Integration
St. Paul, Minn., April 15, 2002 - SPS Commerce, the leading Supply Chain Integration Service provider, today revealed the expansion of its Connection Factory, a program that helps small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) currently using SPS` services to extend their electronic capabilities to retailers and distributors outside of SPS` existing trading network.
SPS has seen immense growth in the demand for connectivity requests from its SME customers over the past three months. As a result, SPS has increased its internal resources and accelerated the production of connections to new retailers and distributors that do business with SPS Commerce`s extensive customer base of SMEs. The progression of the market shift from a reactive mode to SMEs proactively seeking solutions has been so significant that SPS now offers over 400 maps to satisfy the growing requirements of its customers.
Traditionally, most suppliers begin an enablement program at the request of their largest customers-enterprises who desire the benefits of 100% supply chain automation. During these initial forays into electronic integration, the suppliers themselves have reaped tremendous benefits beyond the retaining of a vital customer. The enablement has reduced order errors, streamlined delivery processes and improved payment time lines for many suppliers. Now, suppliers are looking to harvest these benefits from their relationships with other customers. Through the Connection Factory, SPS is providing suppliers with the ability to exchange e-commerce transactions with all of their customers, even customers who have not previously made electronic integration a term and condition of doing business.
"Using SPS` Connection Factory for multiple customers has saved us time and money by eliminating the need to find a new solution, undergo training or purchase an in-house system," said John Lologo, customer service manager, of Winn Inc., a maker of grip products for golf-related equipment based in Huntington Beach, Calif. "We first used the SPS transaction service for Golf Galaxy, and now through SPS` Connection Factory we were able to quickly meet the e-business requirements of Dick`s Sporting Goods."
The Connection Factory is the latest in a series of initiatives from SPS Commerce that supports their focus of creating a suite of electronic business services for small and mid-sized businesses - SPSCommerce.net
"Suppliers, initially overwhelmed by the mandates of electronic commerce, have flourished under our system," says Jim Frome, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of SPS Commerce. "The growth of the Connection Factory is a natural extension of our services aimed at helping our customer, the small-mid sized enterprise, to realize all the benefits electronic commerce can possibly provide."
About SPS Commerce
SPS Commerce is the leading Supply Chain Integration Service provider. The Company specializes in helping large enterprises optimize their supply chains by providing transaction management, application integration and supply chain services to their small- and mid-size trading partners via a hosted Internet service. It has helped key enterprises, including W.W. Grainger, Target Corp., REI and Dura Automotive, electronically enable and integrate over 40,000 small and mid-sized trading partners into their e-supply chain. SPS Commerce is headquartered in St. Paul, MN. For more information, visit the Company at www.spscommerce.com or call (651) 603-4400.
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