QRS Data Exchange Customers Can Seamlessly Comply With AS2 Requirements
RICHMOND, CA – December 09, 2003 – QRS Corporation (Nasdaq: QRSI) announced the release of the QRS EDIINT Gateway™ service, an EDI-over-the-Internet (EDIINT) offering for existing QRS Exchange™ customers. The new service, which supports both AS1 and AS2, enables customers that use the QRS Exchange value-added network (VAN) or Data Exchange (DX) offering, to communicate with trading partners who request data delivery via EDIINT.
Large retailers and government agencies are driving the adoption of EDIINT by requiring trading partners to communicate via the Internet. However, to ensure uninterruptible connectivity, these retailers are also mandating that their partners maintain a non-Internet-based EDI service. This dual requirement makes it challenging for suppliers to manage their EDI transactions.
According to a recent AMR Research Report, "In-house implementations require you to staff technical people to manage the network connectivity, and software and community support people to manage the interaction with your trading partners. Using a VAN service provider eliminates much of this effort."*
By outsourcing their EDIINT needs through the QRS EDIINT Gateway service, DX customers drive cost and operational benefits by maintaining both Internet-based and non-Internet-based connections without changing their internal systems or staffing.
When a customer sends out an EDI document, the EDIINT Gateway service executes the information delivery according to the recipient`s EDIINT preference. The EDIINT Gateway service automates the process for the customer, alleviating the difficulties associated with managing multiple connections.
"Retailers and suppliers continually struggle to simplify and improve the process of exchanging information," said Renee d`Ouville, Vice President of Product Strategy at QRS. "Emerging industry standards and multiple communications protocols can be overwhelming. In the face of these changes, companies are finding it difficult to implement the right technology at the right time. The QRS EDIINT Gateway allows DX customers to leverage their existing technology investment to instantly meet evolving trading partner requirements."
About QRS Exchange™
QRS Exchange is a suite of hosted and point-to-point electronic commerce solutions that help trading partners exchange information, such as purchase orders, invoices and forecasts. Through electronic transactions, companies reduce costs, respond quickly and optimize business operations. Whatever the standard or protocol – EDI or XML; value-added network (VAN) or EDI over the Internet (EDIINT via AS1/AS2), phone, fax, email, web – QRS Exchange ensures companies can trade with anyone at any time, through one provider.
QRS (Nasdaq: QRSI) is a leading provider of collaborative commerce solutions for the global retail trading community. We enable companies to communicate electronically with their global trading partners; conduct cross-company transactions; synchronize and manage product data; collaboratively source, merchandise and import goods; and automatically detect and resolve supply chain issues. More than 8,000** retailers, brand marketers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and distributors from a variety of retail segments – including Federated Department Stores Inc., Groupe Clarins USA, Jones Apparel Group Inc., The Kroger Company, Sears, Roebuck and Co., and Selfridges plc – use QRS solutions to significantly improve their overall business performance. Learn more about QRS at www.qrs.com.
*Source: Lance Travis, "To Reduce Partner Management Burden, Outsource EDI INT AS2" The AMR Research Report, July 25, 2003.
**Based on total, unique QRS corporate customers that purchased or licensed QRS products and services between January and December 2002.
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