Nation`s Largest Privately-Owned Department Store Chain Leverages Inovis for Trading Community Management, Integration and Data Synchronization
ATLANTA, GA - November 9, 2005 - Inovis, a leading provider of business-to-business solutions and services, announced today that Belk, the nation`s largest privately-owned department store chain, has selected Inovis to provide a complete solution for its business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce needs. Leveraging Inovis` fully-integrated product portfolio, Belk is able to rely on a single vendor to effectively manage the flow of critical e-commerce information for its extensive global trading community. Belk has named Inovis its preferred value-added network (VAN) services provider and will migrate to inovisworks.net, Inovis` next-generation VAN. In addition, Belk will continue to synchronize data with Inovis Catalogue™ and will use BizManager™ as a comprehensive B2B gateway to its trading community.
"This is an exciting time of growth and opportunity for Belk," said Bill Keith, vice president of merchandise support and replenishment, Belk, Inc. "In order to continue to uphold the highest standard of customer service excellence across 281 stores, we rely on Inovis to ensure seamless and accurate collaboration and integration across our trading community. From trading partner management and integration to data synchronization, Inovis provides a comprehensive suite that delivers the scalability and reliability we depend on for our mission-critical transactions."
A QRS Corporation customer for more than 10 years, Belk previously used QRS` VAN services to manage the flow of product information across its trading community. Following Inovis` acquisition of QRS in fall 2004, Belk chose to migrate to Inovis` next-generation VAN, inovisworks.net, which provides a powerful engine for end-to-end control and increased visibility of transactions and trading partner relationships. In addition, inovisworks.net offers an innovative customer portal that serves as the single interface for all Inovis interactions and provides around-the-clock customer support.
Belk will also continue to use Inovis Catalogue to align and synchronize product data for its 281 stores in 15 states. As the retail industry`s leading centralized repository of product information, Inovis Catalogue contains more than 100 million unique items. With a centralized source of information across the retail supply chain process, Inovis Catalogue provides Belk with fast, reliable product catalogue setup and support to reduce time-to-market and drive sales.
Rounding out Belk`s comprehensive offering is BizManager, Inovis` award-winning B2B gateway, which ensures real-time, any-to-any data transformation and secure data exchange. BizManager offers a single, open solution that can be easily integrated with other technologies to support future initiatives. Using BizManager, Belk gains real-time visibility into business activity and performance, while ensuring compliance with industry mandates and trading partner requirements and realizing 100 percent trading partner connectivity.
"Inovis provides leading retailers such as Belk with the most comprehensive portfolio of business-to-business solutions and services," said Sean Feeney, president and CEO of Inovis. "By leveraging a complete, fully-integrated Inovis solution to securely and cost-effectively exchange and synchronize product information, Belk is able to improve trading partner collaboration and gain competitive edge."
About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. is the largest privately owned department store company in the United States with 281 Belk, Proffitt`s and McRae`s stores in 15 Southeastern states. The company was founded in Monroe, N.C. in 1888 by William Henry Belk and is now led by third generation members of the Belk family.
Inovis is a leading provider of business-to-business solutions for global trading relationships. With more than 20 years of experience, Inovis enables collaborative business processes and solves the complete B2B integration challenge for more than 20,000 customers and their trading partners. The company’s comprehensive line of B2B software and managed services help companies speed transaction flows, synchronize product information and improve supply chain processes. For more information, visit www.inovis.com.
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