Enhancements Increase the Ease for Enterprises to Expand the Depth and Breadth of Supply Chain Integration with Suppliers
St. Paul, Minn., May 13, 2002 - SPS Commerce, the leading Supply Chain Integration Service provider, today announced a multitude of enhancements to SPSCommerce.net. The service, which has already helped retailers and distributors electronically enable more than 40,000 suppliers into supply chains, is being enhanced in three key areas: Enablement, Catalogs and Transactions. The enhancements are a result of SPS` expertise in running supplier enablement and management programs for large enterprises - especially when involving small to mid sized enterprises (SMEs).
On the supplier enablement front, SPS is introducing four portal templates, (or portlets), each tailored to a distinct type of enablement program, which helps automate and simplify the supplier experience during setup and certification. It also assists the retail and distribution hub in delivering a clear, concise message about the program and managing progress of its suppliers` integration efforts. The four portlets help take supplier enablement one step closer to a "self-service" setup and certification effort across four types of programs:
Extending integration for either catalog or transaction data to a new group of previously unconnected suppliers - usually SMEs.
Extending integration for either catalog or transaction data to an additional order management process.
Deepening the level of integration by adding additional documents sets across a group of suppliers that are already integrated.
Providing ad-hoc supplier enablement of new suppliers that make up the standard monthly "churn" of suppliers that retailers and distributors realize as part of their standard business process.
SPS` Catalog Service has been enhanced to support two new capabilities.
First, the service has been updated to provide native support of item data unique to both hard and soft line product lines. Previously, SPS` catalog primarily focused on managing item data for soft lines products.
Secondly, SPS has upgraded its pricing management capability to provide advanced features for supporting promotional requirements of retailers. Specifically, unique price field data can now be managed for a single retailer by custom groupings that can be used to support regional, seasonal and promotional pricing requirements.
The SPS Transaction Service has also been enhanced in two major areas, the Accessory Library and File Integration. SPS is introducing a new suite of end-user productivity tools for WebForms called the Accessory Library. Accessories are optional tools suppliers can easily drop into the WebForms environment to minimize the amount of data entry required to process advanced transactions such as Advanced Ship Notices (ASNs). As of today, five Accessories are available in the library including:
· Case Pack/Auto Fill - Significantly simplified workflow for multiple carton creation with advanced ship notices.
· Carrier Integration - Automated integration of tracking numbers and carrier shipping labels.
· Transaction Templates - Virtually eliminates up to 95% of data entry for commonly used transactions with little variation.
· Transaction Aggregation - Allows a single keystroke and/or action to be taken across multiple transactions such as in batch shipping, etc.
· Transaction Tracking - Automatically manages the administration (opening & closing) of transactions across a single order.
SPS also has improved the validation capabilities of its File Integration solution to provide near real-time feedback and more detail regarding success/errors of submitted transactions.
"The hosted service model has matured to the point where the small to mid sized suppliers are not only participating in ecommerce, but are requesting more capabilities from their service providers," says Jon Derome, Program Manager, Business Applications and Commerce at The Yankee Group. "SPS Commerce continues to exhibit an in-depth understanding of and execution on the unique needs of this market with the numerous improvements to their service."
"Over the past six months we have witnessed a significant psychological shift in behavior in the Retail and Distribution market around using enablement programs to extend the breadth and depth of supply chain integration," said Jim Frome, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at SPS Commerce. "The latest set of enhancements to SPSCommerce.net are designed to meet the needs of the hub organization for tools to manage the supplier on-boarding process and community management, and the needs of suppliers to simplify the experience of meeting the compliance requirements of their customers."
About SPS Commerce
SPS Commerce is the leading provider of hosted Supply Chain Integration Services. The Company specializes in managing trading partner enablement and management programs to increase the depth and/or breadth of integration with trading partners -- especially small and mid-sized partners. Our solution has helped key enterprises, including over 70 large retailers, electronically enable and integrate over 40,000 small and mid-sized trading partners into their e-supply chain. For more information, visit the Company at www.spscommerce.com or call (651) 603-4400.
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