GXS` Outsourcing Solutions Used to Meet Retail Trading Partners` Requirements
CHICAGO, IL Retail Systems Show--June 10, 2003--Global eXchange Services, Inc. (GXS) today announced three new AS2 Outsourcing Service clients including, Blueberry Hill Foods, Inc., Hubert Industries, and Plante International. GXS` AS2 Outsourcing Service enables companies of all sizes to transact with their suppliers or customers over the Internet using the EDIINT AS2 standard. Various retailers have mandated that their suppliers transmit documents using the AS2 standard, which presents the affected businesses with numerous challenges to overcome, including server availability and bandwidth, security concerns and digital certificate management.
"Dealing with the complexities associated with implementing AS2 software has been a tremendous challenge," said Luis Vega, IS Manager at Blueberry Hill Foods, Inc. "After evaluating several options, we decided to take advantage of GXS` technical expertise through their AS2 Outsourcing solution."
GXS` AS2 Outsourcing Service provides businesses with complete AS2 transaction and translation capabilities on a hosted platform including:
-- Proactive, event-driven document exchange via the Internet
-- 24/7 server availability for synchronous communication with other AS2 servers
-- Flexible bandwidth allocation to handle large spikes in document traffic
-- Technical resources to manage AS2-mandated digital certificates for the client and each trading partner
-- Document translation into XML, EDI or other formats
"We experienced an extremely smooth implementation of AS2 via GXS` AS2 Outsourcing Service. We are currently in production mode with our customers and orders are flowing," said Madeleine Aube, Controller, Plante International. "Additionally, outsourcing AS2 to GXS allows us to concentrate on our core business and avoid the high costs associated with in-house implementation."
In an effort to automate transactions, major retailers including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Inc. and Lowe`s Company, Inc. have required that their suppliers use EDIINT AS2 data transmission protocol. Retailers and their trading partners are facing additional pressures in the form of compliance with the Sunrise 2005 initiative to create a global uniform system for labeling products and compliance with data synchronization initiatives.
"Because of various mandates, companies, particularly in the retail sector, are having to adjust to a rapidly changing IT landscape and many are not equipped to handle these issues due to lack of internal resources or technical expertise," said John Radko, Chief Architect at GXS. "We are in a great position to relieve this burden through our various offerings including the AS2 Outsourcing service, the hosted Global Product Catalogue data repository to address data sync issues and initial consultancy and testing to begin a Sunrise 2005 transition plan."
About Global eXchange Services
Global eXchange Services, Inc. (GXS) operates one of the largest B2B e-commerce networks in the world, managing 1 billion transactions annually for more than 100,000 trading partners. With more than 35 years experience, GXS provides supply chain services and software to 60% of Fortune 500 companies. GXS is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. Call 800/560-4347 or visit our Web site at www.gxs.com.
About Blueberry Hill Foods
Blueberry Hill Foods is The Product & Brand Solutions Company manufacturing over 400 skus with hard and soft candies, gummies, jellies, fruit snacks and breath mints. We offer 100+ skus for traditional holiday commodities for Easter (jelly beans), Halloween (candy corn) and Christmas (red & green hard candies, jellies). All products are made with only the very finest ingredients i.e. real honey in candy corn, fruit pectin in jellybeans, real fruit juice in gummies, etc. Consistent package design across the various seasonal events builds brand awareness, consumer recognition, trust and of course all products are OU Orthodox Union Kosher certified.
About Plante International
Plante International in collaboration with Merck Laboratories of Germany has created a unique concept for vitamins. We have successfully injected 100% of the daily vitamin requirements into a soft chewable "Gummi" vitamin with natural fruit flavors and natural colors. Plante currently markets three varieties of children`s vitamins under the Children`s Choice brand. Gummi Bear Multi vitamins, Gummi Lion vitamin C plus zinc and Gummi Rabbit multi vitamin, fortified with six vegetables, and make up our current children`s vitamins line.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
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